Since early 2019 I had the great opportunity to explore one of the most beautiful city in the world, Moscow, and discover both its famous attractions and a lot of other gems showing all the great history, the stimulating architecture and the great natural resources it has to offer.
The account of my experiences in Moscow is divided into several sections as summarised below. Clicking on each section opens a separate page with the story of the various experiences (Work in Progress). The photos shown are those I took during my travels.
Historical and political suggestions are mixed in Red Square, one of the most famous squares in the world, an architectural masterpiece with the red walls of Cemlino, Lenin’s mausoleum, the basilica of San Basilio and the GUM department store building.
The Kremlin is a red-walled citadel built in the heart of Moscow built in the late middle ages, hosting several cathedrals, the residence of the President of Russia and the State Kremlin Palace.
The spirit of Moscow and Russians is full of a strong sense of homeland and their historical victories are celebrated still in present times, in particular on May 9 each year with the “Victory Day” which commemorates the millions of victims suffered in the supreme effort to annihilate the Nazi regime.
A constant presence with its sinuous path along the center of Moscow, the Moskwa is crossed by numerous magnificent bridges and crossed by tourist boats that allow you to admire the city from an extremely suggestive perspective. Its waters then flow into the Oka and the Volga to flow into the Caspian Sea.
Getting around Moscow is extremely convenient and economical due to the excellent public transport offer and the convenient Yandex taxi system. An attraction in itself is the subway with its monumental stations full of sculptures, painted chandeliers and mosaics and it’s easy to stop and take pictures among the hordes of passengers rushing on the trains.
The offer of museums in Moscow is endless, you cannot miss the visits to the Kremlin Armory and to the State Historical museum on Red Square as well as the Tretyakov gallery with the amazing collection of paintings by Russian painters and the Victory Museum in Park Pobeda. Other museum complexes allow you to explore the most varied themes, from history to technology to space.
In a nation with huge distances as Russia, air transport has always played a crucial role, even only at the domestic level. On an international level, the map of destinations served by Moscow’s airports is truly global, with 4 continents reached by direct flights. There are 4 international airports in Moscow, although the most important are Sheremetyevo and Domodevo. All are well connected to the city center by an express train service called Aeroexpress, which is cheap, fast and very functional.
A group of seven skyscrapers built in the “Stalinist” style from 1947 to 1953 with an unique style mixed of Russian Baroque and Gothic, dotting the panorama of central Moscow.
Tvesrskoy is the district of the most prestigious theaters and palaces located in the center of Moscow, attractions in every corner in an alternation of architectural styles, prestigious shops and exclusive restaurants.
The Moscow International Business Center also known as “Moscow-City”, is a new construction commercial development in central Moscow on .
PARKS AND PALACES
Moscow and its immediate surroundings possess a large number of public parks often with architectural attractions such as monsters or royal palaces of the tsars. Easy to reach even by public transport, they are places where it is easy to forget to be in a metropolis of the 2000s with over ten million inhabitants.
This exhibition center and amusement park was built to showcase the achievements of the Soviet Union. Its monumental size and richness of the attractions make it for another surprising destination in this city, allowing visitors to further realise how much this country has influenced the history of humanity.
You cannot experience Russian culture better than by attending theatrical performances, given the richness of the Russian repertoire of authors and genres, and in Moscow you can always find an open theater to attend ballets, opera or other genres. Even without knowing the Russian language, my experience so far has excelled all my expectations. In addition to the plays, an experience in itself is the Bolshoi Theater, one of the most famous in the world.