Historic Sites in Moscow

Historic Sites in Moscow, Russia

Moscow Historic Sites

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  • The_Coach55
    Ruislip, UK781 contributions
    I took the red metro line 1 to Biblioteka Imeni Lenina then walked through to the exit on the grey metro line 9 station Borovitskaya.

    From there it was a short walk to the Kremlin complex although a couple of busy roads had to be crossed.

    Due to the requirement to have a PCR test no longer than 24 hours before visiting many indoor attractions, my visit was limited to outdoor viewing.

    The buildings were spectacular including gold domed churches, towers, statues and the stunning St Basil’s cathedral.

    I also enjoyed walking through the snow covered Alexander Park and saw the Lenin library.

    Very interesting and I must revisit to see the indoor attractions when the pandemic allows.
    Written 12 December 2021
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  • J.Sdoe
    London, UK115 contributions
    Nice sight and one of the most important to visit in this city! A great experience for all so don’t miss it! We were friends and really enjoyed the whole trip
    Written 5 June 2022
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  • Andron
    2 contributions
    It is a nice state park with many interestig museums espetially palace of tcar. But very huge territory
    Written 24 April 2020
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  • TandTSwitzerland
    Zurich, Switzerland1,021 contributions
    I visited the Kremlin and the cathedrals. They are all beautiful. But I was a bit surprised of the status of the whole area, there is a big need of restoration in all the cathedrals- surprising for this prime tourist site, but still worth a visit.
    Written 21 September 2021
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  • cat564
    London, UK235 contributions
    Recommend to see changing of the guards at the evening. Kids will be impressed, then continue to the Alexandrovskiy park for an evening stroll.
    Written 5 January 2022
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  • Shelimashrafahmed
    183 contributions
    I love photography, took many many picture because place is so amazing, I spent more than hour in the area and again went there back at night
    Written 18 December 2019
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  • gentbrugg
    Moscow2,304 contributions
    The tour lasts one and a half hours. During this time, you can look into the shooting pavilion, to get on the set with the scenery of old Moscow and St. Petersburg, see the samples of used cinema equipment (mainly operator's), costumes, models, sketches - on the stands in the main building and in the Museum, where the old cars and coaches are also exhibited.
    But in fact Mosfilm is a whole block across the river from Luzhniki and Novodevichy convent. Here, even the streets and squares are named after famous directors and actors. They also installed commemorative plaques and monuments, although there are also more symbolic - for example, a monument to an unknown operator. Only checkpoints there are not less than 7 - I judge by the fact that the check point through which you can go to the parking lot of tour buses, bears number 7.
    Perhaps, to call Mosfilm the Empire of cinema, like Hollywood, is exaggerated, but the entire complex is arranged with almost Imperial scale.
    Written 11 July 2018
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  • Lionus C
    81 contributions
    Look very serious tour like still on the period of fifties and interesting to go down the stair for 18floor under the street level n feel the situation if Nuclear explosive happen, staff n guide also look alike serious
    Written 8 January 2020
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  • ZBH88
    Stoke-on-Trent, UK1,204 contributions
    We actually had young children so decided to visit separately (That's how small the queue was) whilst the other half waited. It's free to enter you just have a back check upon entry. No pictures are allowed inside and it's absolute silence. A little surreal but very interesting.
    Written 25 February 2020
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  • aniska
    Leeds, UK730 contributions
    The Monastery of the Saviour was founded in 1360 and is the oldest example of Russian stone architecture, which still exists at present day.
    Originally, the Monastery had wooden walls, which functioned as defense.
    From 1420 to 1428 the Cathedral was reconstructed and its walls were painted in white. The famous Russian painters Andrei Rublev and Daniel Chorny painted it but, unfortunately, their frescoes were destroyed by the 18th-century reconstruction and only a few small pieces survived.

    In 1812, the dome was destroyed by the fire, but got immediately reconstructed. In the 1840s, the interior changed. It was crowned with a tented-roof octagonal drum. Side chapels dedicated to St. Andronik and the Dormition were added to the northern and southern walls, which made the original appearance to be completely lost. However, in the 1950s and 1960s, the Cathedral was restored to its original state.

    From the 16th to the 19th century a refectory, side chapels, a cleric building, a Fraternal Building were added. In 1747 to 1756, the Cathedral got its stone walls. The old bell tower over the Holy Gates near the Cathedral of the Saviour was replaced by a new one 73 meters high.

    The temple was also used as a prison and as any other temple, the Monastery has its own cemetery that existed up to 1929.

    After the 1917 Russian Revolution, the Monastery was badly damaged. In 1919, it was occupied by proletarians. In the spring of 1922, all valuables were confiscated, and a juvenile prison for street children was established. In 1930, the bell tower was exploded.

    In 1947, the Monastery was announced a cultural reserve and many Old Russian icons were brought and kept there.
    In 1989, the Monastery was handed back to the Orthodox Church and has functioned since then.

    What strikes most, when visiting it, is the cleanliness of the whole area, the perfect lawn, the flowers, everything is perfectly kept and maintained. This results in a special, mystic feeling of sacredness and peace.
    Absolutely worth a visit, it easily reachable from Rimskaya metro station, just 5 minutes on foot.
    Written 20 July 2017
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  • gentbrugg
    Moscow2,304 contributions
    Once it was the largest shopping complex of old Moscow, which occupied a whole block near the Kremlin and Red square. Now it is, apparently, has no longer such status, because near the Kremlin should be banned multi-storey development. Although during the reconstruction at the beginning of this century, the facade , facing Varvarka street and Moskva river, was overbuilt, because of what the appearance of the historical building "was modernized" and lost its aesthetic uniformity and integrity, and with them its unique charm. But in terms of prestige only very few places can compete with the current Gostiny Dvor. I have seen many different celebrities here. Because here, after all, in addition to the presence of the actual commercial stores and smaller shops under glass roof, are held all sorts of shows, festivals, concerts, fashion shows, children's parties.
    Written 12 August 2018
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  • B1714D
    Belgrade, Serbia13,539 contributions
    The Kazan Cathedral stands in the corner of Red square, between the GUM mall and the History museum at the beginning of the Nikolskaya St, on the other side from the St. Basil's.
    Its name could confuse some travelers who might think it was named after the Kazan conquest by Ivan the Terrible. No, for that purpose was St. Basil's built.
    The original Kazan Cathedral was built in 17c housing the Holy Virgin - a patroness of Kazan city, destroyed by the communist regime (likewise the Christ the Saviour Cathedral).
    The present Cathedral was rebuilt during 20c '90s and is a working place of worship free to enter.
    Written 11 May 2021
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  • saronic
    Zurich, Switzerland23,099 contributions
    A stroll through the only about 250m long pedestrian lane between Tverskaya street and the Bolshoi theatre makes for a very pleasant experience. There might be some activity meant for visitors, like two young women putting on a duel show with sabres, when I was there, but in general the atmosphere here is much less touristy and commercialised than in the longer and better known pedestrian Arbat street.

    There are several restaurants and cafés, also with outdoor seating, such as the café 'Akademia' or a 'Shokoladnitsa' from the well known chain. As a historical street - the name means 'Chamberlain street' - there is also some interesting architecture from tsarist days to look at.

    Wit the pedestrianisation more than 20 years ago attractive retro style street lamps have been put up. Just next to a statue of Sergei Prokofiev, walking in the middle of the street with hat and raincoat, is a museum dedicated to the famous 20th century composer.
    Written 29 July 2020
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  • gentbrugg
    Moscow2,304 contributions
    This is one more symbol of the Stalin era. This is not a high-rise building, like 8 others, but it was built on the same principle — the city in the city. The only difference is that the residents here belonged to the very top of the power, to the party, state and artistic elite. And even formally it was called The house of government. From here it is very close to the Kremlin. Initially, the house was supposed to be in harmony with the color of the Kremlin, but because of the boiler room, which was nearby, it was made gray. No wonder that once it was called the grey Kremlin. During Stalin's repressions, the inhabitants of this house disappeared from life in whole floors and even entrances. There was a legend that from the house went underground trolley to the cellars of the NKVD on Lubyanskaya square.
    Written 12 August 2018
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  • gentbrugg
    Moscow2,304 contributions
    I lived here for a long time and almost every day walked past the buildings of the Prosecutor's Office, the Operetta theater, the "Pedagogical book" shop and the House of Unions. I so used to them that they became familiar and did not make any impression on me. When I studied at the Institute, we relatively often visited the beer bar "Ladya" ("Rook") in the basement almost at the corner of Pushkin street (now Bolshaya Dmitrovka) with Stoleshnikov lane (behind the diet dining room with a porch). The street was some gray, shabby. But I don't recognize it now. Now it is the smart central street sparkling with showcases of shops boutiques and the fashionable cafes which have taken place in the former apartment houses. It became pedestrian, as in my time was half of Stoleshnikov lane. And it became pleasant to walk here.
    Written 1 October 2018
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