Moscow – Russia
Here I come up with my travel experience in Moscow, Russia. I will share some travel advice to Russia. Moscow is a beautiful place and one should travel there at least once if you get a chance. You need visa to travel to Russia and my advise is take the visa in your own country to avoid any hassles. Traveling Russia can be a great experience. It is a vast country and there are many cities and places to visit in Russia. I have traveled to Moscow and it was a really nice experience.
The most important places to visit in Moscow are Kremlin, The Red Square, The state historical museum, Lenin’s Mausoleum and of course The Saint Basil’s cathedral which is an architectural marvel of Russia. You should also visit the Victory Park which has been constructed to commemorate the victory in World War II. Victory Park is a memorial complex dedicated to Russia’s victory over Nazi Germany. It is located in the historic area of Moscow known as Poklonnaya Hill. It’s one of the highest spots in Moscow – in old times travelers approaching the capital from the west used to climb onto the hill to get a beautiful panoramic view of the city, and would bow to Moscow.
The Moscow Kremlin , usually referred to as the Kremlin, is a fortified complex at the heart of Moscow, it overlooks the Moskva River to the south, Saint Basil’s Cathedral and Red Square to the east, and the Alexander Garden to the west. It includes five palaces, four cathedrals, and the Kremlin Wall with Kremlin towers. Also within this complex is the Grand Kremlin Palace that was formerly the Tsar’s (Russian Emperor) Moscow residence. The complex now serves as the official residence of the President of the Russian Federation.
The name “Kremlin” means “fortress inside a city”, and is often also used to refer to the government of the Russian Federation as it is the “White House” for the President of the United States. It had previously been used to refer to the government of the Soviet Union (1922–1991) and its highest members (such as general secretaries, premiers, presidents, ministers, and commissars). The term “Kremlinology” refers to the study of Soviet and Russian politics.
The Saint Basil’s Cathedral which is an architectural marvel of Russia was actually constructed in the Mid 16th Century by The first Tsar of Russia, Ivan Vasilyevich also known as Ivan Grozny which means “sparking terror or fear”. It was constructed to commemorate the victory over the Tatar khanates of Kazan and Astrakahn, and the church was built in honor of those victories.
As Emperor Sahajahan of India cut off the hands of the artist who made The Taj Mahal, similarly King Ivan blinded the architect who created Saint Basil’s Cathedral so that he cannot make another monument similar to that. Dedicated to Virgin Mary this cathedral has nine chapels. The cathedral was originally white in colour. The brilliant colours that we see today were added 200 years later. The Lenin’s Mausoleum also known as Lenin’s Tomb is also situated in the Red Square and now is the resting place for the legendary Soviet Leader Vladimir Lenin. His body has been preserved there since his death in 1924.
Moscow is one of the Europe’s most vibrant capital city and there is a unique blend of history, culture and architecture. It is a 800 years old city and there lies a lot of history behind it. However now all modern facilities like shopping malls, Restaurants, Pubs etc. are there. So you can feel the blend of history and modernity existing together.
Visit the Arbat street in Moscow which is very popular among foreign tourists. With lots of cafés and restaurants, live music performers and caricaturists, as well as souvenir shops and tattoo salons, monuments and a theatre, Arbat draws crowds of visitors every day. If you are buying souvenirs from Russia do not forget to buy the Mathrushka dolls made of wood which is specialty of Russia and CIS countries. Also get a miniature of the Saint Basil’s cathedral, it looks very nice and elegant.
Do visit the Pushkin state museum of fine arts. The largest foreign art museum in Moscow is made up of three branches housing a collection of exquisite works by masters of ancient civilizations, the Italian Renaissance and the Dutch Golden Age. The main building contains masterpieces by Botticelli, Tiepolo, Veronese and Rembrandt, some of which have never been displayed before. The Gallery of European & American Art, located next door, stores an amazing collection of paintings.
If you are looking for some adventure and entertainment travel in Moscow then do visit the Gorky park. It has many things to entertain you like outdoor dancing sessions, yoga and fitness classes, beach volleyball, skate boarding, cycling and boat rentals. It also has an open-air movie theater. Walking from Gorky park along the Moscow river bank you will reach the Sparrow Hills and from here you can take a nice view of the Moscow State University which is again an architectural marvel of the Soviet Era.
VDNKh (short for All-Russian Exhibition Centre). The centre started as the all-Soviet agricultural exhibition in 1935, and now it is an open-air museum of Soviet architecture. With the beautiful fountain at its entrance, the park complex has a number of museums, shopping pavilions, multiple eateries, a massive oceanarium and a horse-riding rink. In winter the skating rink opens which is the largest in Europe.
Kolomenskoye is a museum and the architecture will give you an idea about how Medieval Moscow looked like. Here you will find the oldest churches of Moscow, the oldest garden and an estate of Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich, father of Peter the Great.
One of Russia’s most visited cathedrals, is the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is a truly remarkable site. The beautiful cathedral was built in the 1990s. The building contains the icon Christ Not Painted by Hand by Sorokin, which miraculously survived the demolition of the original cathedral. It’s a beautiful cathedral one must visit.
While in Moscow try the Hop-On-Hop-Off 2 day Moscow city tour. Cost is around USD 28 per person but it will show you the entire city in two days. There are buses in 20 minutes interval. It’s good for the first time traveller.
For good Russian food you can visit many good Russian restaurants like Lepim i Varim, Restaurant Matryoshka, Russkiy Pub, Cafe Pushkin, Lavkalavka Restaurant. Try Russian authentic cuisine in Moscow. Some of the restaurants even have hookah bars with live music and dance.
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Here are some of the photographs from my Moscow visit : Cathedral of Christ the Saviour
The local market near Kremlin selling Russian souvenirs
The Red Square, Moscow
The Red Square & the Lenin’s Tomb on the right side
The Saint Basil’s Cathedral
In memory of the World War
The Moscow State University
The Kolomenskoye & The Moscow State University
The Victory Park in Moscow
Local Russian restaurant with Hookah bar and live dancing. A pleasant winter evening
The Russian Exhibition Centre