Moscow Sights

The Moscow Kremlin

The Moscow Kremlin

The Moscow Kremlin is an imposing fortress marking the very core of Russia’s capital city. It is the largest medieval fortress in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site comprising towers, palaces, squares and churches.For centuries, the Kremlin has been a unique monument of Russian culture and a symbol of Russian statehood. Its formidable wallshave housedthe seat of Russian power from medieval timesto the Romanovs,the Soviets, and the Russian government today. The Moscow Kremlin exudes power and grandeur to all those who visit and is an unmissable landmark for those visiting Russia’s capital city.

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Red Square

Red Square

For centuries Red Square has been the nucleus of life in Moscow. It has evolved from being a simple medieval market, to the setting of glorious Soviet military parades, to the symbolic centre of Russia today. Situated between the Kremlin and historic Kitai-Gorod district and surrounded by the city’s most famous landmarks, it’s impossible to appreciate Moscow without a visit to Red Square.

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St Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow

St Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow

St Basil’s Cathedral has become a globally recognised image of Russia. Situated on Red Square beside the Moscow Kremlin,the cathedral is an integral part of Moscow’s city scape and an astounding achievement of ancient Russian architecture, synthesising eleven unique churches into a single ensemble. What is the story behind this monument of Russian spiritual, political, and architectural history, and what can you find there today?

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Novodevichy Convent

Novodevichy Convent

The Novodevichy Convent is deeply connected to Russia’s political, cultural and religious history. It is one of the most magnificent examples of Moscow Baroque architecture preserved in Russia to this day, home to a treasure trove of religious artifacts and artwork, and is the resting place of Russia’s most eminent figures.

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Moscow State University

Moscow State University

Moscow State University is Russia’s oldest university and the educational and scientific centre of the country, counting Noble Laureates, renowned scientists, intellectuals and political figures among its current and former staff and students. Its main campus is perched on a hilltop overlooking Moscow and is home to one of the capital’s most commanding buildings.

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Lenin’s Mausoleum

Lenin’s Mausoleum

Lenin’s Mausoleum is one of Red Square’s most macabre but most popular attractions. Since his death in January 1924, the leader of the October Revolution has lay embalmed in Russia’s capital and can be visited to this day, offering a glimpse of the revered place that he held in Soviet politics and society.

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Sparrow Hills, Moscow

Sparrow Hills, Moscow

Sparrow Hills is an area in southwestern Moscow positioned on the steep bank of the Moskva River, densely covered in forest and marked by deep ravines and natural springs. One of the Seven Hills of Moscow, Sparrow Hills is the highest point in the city. It is a favourite spot of local people and tourists alike.

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Stalin's Seven Sisters Skyscrapers in Moscow

Stalin's Seven Sisters Skyscrapers in Moscow

Stalin used architecture as a political and ideological tool, constructing the Seven Sisters skyscrapers in Moscow to reflect the modernity, ambition and triumph of Soviet Russia. For years the tallest buildings in Europe, these seven commanding skyscrapers are significant monuments of architecture and urban planning which draw the eye from all over Moscow.

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Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Moscow

Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Moscow

The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour was built to immortalise the courage of the Russian people in their victory over Napoleon during the Patriotic War of 1812. Although it was demolished by Stalin, it has since been rebuilt and is one of the landmarks of Moscow’s skyline, with its gold cupola shining over the city.

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Old Arbat, Moscow

Old Arbat, Moscow

The Old Arbat is one of Moscow’s most atmospheric historical streets, and holds an important place in Russian culture and history. What emerged as a garrison and humble settlement for palace artisans then transformed into a prestigious aristocratic street, and later became a melting pot for members of the Russian and Soviet intelligentsia, some of whom immortalised this unique street in their work. Today, the Old Arbat – known by Muscovites simply as ‘Arbat’ – is a bustling tourist hotspot, and the ideal place for an afternoon’s amble to soak up the atmosphere, culture and history of Moscow.

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The Bolshoi Theater, Moscow

The Bolshoi Theater, Moscow

The Bolshoi Theatre is Russia’s national theatre, and has had an astounding influence on the history and development of Russian performing arts. Since its foundation nearly 250 years ago, the Bolshoi has become synonymous with world-class opera and ballet, and there is no better place to appreciate the magic of Russian dance, music, and theatre.

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Gorky Central Park of Culture and Recreation

Gorky Central Park of Culture and Recreation

Gorky Park is the most famous park of Moscow, created during the Soviet period as a hub for relaxation and cultural activities. The park is beloved by Muscovites and tourists alike, who visit in all seasons to stroll, enjoy sports, admire the park’s attractions, and attend cultural events. Gorky Park is the central part of an ensemble of four green spaces – Muzeon Park of Arts, Neskuchny Garden, and Sparrow Hills Nature Reserve – which curve around the southern bank of the Moskva River to the south-west of Moscow city centre.

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VDNKh Park, Moscow

VDNKh Park, Moscow

VDNKh Park, the All-Russian Exhibition Centre, is the largest exhibition, museum, and recreational complex in the world. It was designed to display the success and potential of the Soviet agricultural industry, and remains today a monument of Soviet architecture, culture and history. Today, VDNKh is the site for Russian and international exhibitions, and cultural and business events, which are held in its historical pavilions, palaces, and gardens. Thirty-three million people visit VDNKh Park every year, making it one of Moscow’s most popular landmarks.

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Park Zaryadye, Moscow

Park Zaryadye, Moscow

In the very heart of the Russian capital, a stone’s throw from the Kremlin and St Basil’s Cathedral, you’ll find the oasis of green space that is Park Zaryadye. One of the most ambitious architectural and landscaping projects in Moscow since the collapse of the USSR, Zaryadye is a place for education and recreation, with sections representing the diversity of Russia’s landscapes, events and exhibition spaces, and historical and architectural monuments.

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Ostankino Tower, Moscow

Ostankino Tower, Moscow

The Ostankino Tower is the tallest structure in Europe, broadcasting television and radio throughout the Moscow region. As well as being an architectural marvel, it is a tourist center complete with multimedia exhibitions, two observation decks, and a restaurant complex high in the sky.

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Moscow International Business Center (Moscow City)

Moscow International Business Center (Moscow City)

Moscow City is a multifunctional complex in the west of Moscow, which has come to represent the booming business of Russia’s capital. Its skyscrapers enrich Moscow’s skyline, contrasting the medieval cupolas and Stalinist high-rises. Visitors to Moscow City can enjoy entertainment high in the sky, as the complex is home not just to offices, but to restaurants, cinemas, viewing platforms, and museums.

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Sokolniki Park, Moscow

Sokolniki Park, Moscow

Sokolniki Park is one of the largest parks in Europe and lies at the western edge of Russia’s second oldest national park. It has been a place for city festivities for many centuries, and today is filled with attractions and activities for all ages and in all seasons.

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