The capital of Russia, Moscow is one of the most exotic destinations in Eastern Europe. It is a vibrant city filled with all the modern amenities yet it retains a majestic historical character and almost magical charm.
It is also one of the world’s largest cities with over ten million people residing in this huge metropolis covering an area of almost 10,000 square kilometers. The city of Moscow lies along the banks of the Moskva River and has a total of forty-nine bridges traversing the river.
Being the centre of Russian culture, Moscow boasts of numerous museums and other cultural institutions, some dating as far back to 14th century. The city is indeed well known for its unique and distinctive architecture of its historic buildings.
The iconic image for Moscow is the fantastic St. Basil’s Cathedral in the Red Square with its colorful and distinctly shaped domes. The city’s world-renowned performing arts also continue to be a top tourist attraction. Moscow offers a wide range of performances from classical ballet, opera and music to artistic circus productions to contemporary and experimental arts. It is definitely one of the theatre world’s capital cities.
There is an amazing array of attractions that await visitors to this cosmopolitan city. The most visited place and likely to be at the top of every visitor’s itinerary is the Red Square. This world-famous address is considered to be the heart of Moscow. Here you can find some of Russia’s most famous structures:
The heart of Moscow and the first destination for most visitors to the city. Surrounded by St. Basil's Cathedral, the State History Museum, Lenin's Mausoleum and one of the Kremlin's long brick walls. The name of this amazing place comes from the Russian word "krasniy", meaning "beautiful". Red Square itself is open but during the winter there is a large ice-rink in the middle.
St. Basil’s Cathedral
The Intercession Cathedral, better known as the Cathedral of St. Basil the Blessed or St Basil’s Cathedral, with its onion domes and the multi-colored and patterned facade is truly an amazing architectural jewel of the city. The outside of the cathedral is breathtaking, but do take time to step inside as well. The Cathedral is now run as a museum and visitors can walk up a wooden spiral staircase into the central church and the small chapels and galleries filled with more extraordinary patterns and artwork and a fine 16th Century iconostasis.
Most visitors come here after dark to see the cathedral and square all lit up. It is truly a magical sight not to be missed.
The Kremlin Wall on the Red Square is a defensive wall built in the 12 century that surrounds the Moscow Kremlin, recognizable by the characteristic notches and its Kremlin towers. The southern part of the wall faces the Moskva River.
Twenty towers of different profiles survive today, highlighting the imposing red-brick walls. Visitors to the Kremlin normally enter the premises via the gates under the Troitksaya tower, as some gates are only opened for official ceremonies.
Moscow's Gorky Park is undoubtedly the most famous, green space in Moscow. Originally opened in 1928, to encourage workers to come out for some fresh air and exercise, these parks have adapted to the times, and now provide a variety of outdoor entertainment for locals and tourists.
Moscow is the main air traffic hub for Russia and currently has three major airports, and another smaller one that mainly caters to corporate and business aviation. Most tourists would arrive at either Sheremetyevo International Airport or Moscow Domodedovo Airport. All airports have taxi and bus services to bring you to the city but if you want to avoid the rush-hour traffic jams, both Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo airports are served by the Aeroexpress trains which can take you straight to the city centre.
Getting around Moscow can be quite strange. Almost any car in Moscow can become 'gypsy cabs' if the price is right, so get on the street and stick your arm out. Buses, trolleybus and trams are also not advisable as they do not follow a regular schedule.
Good thing they have the famous Moscow Metro, which is very efficient, fast, and with stations so beautifully decorated it could well be a museum. It is easy to use it, although there are no signs in English because the metro lines are color-coded.
There are definitely more things to do and more places to see in Moscow beyond the majesty of the Red Square. Plan your holiday to this iconic city and start be searching for the best flight and airfare on Skyscanner Philippines.
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