Archive for March, 2011
Russia permanently switched its clocks to summer time on Sunday in a change backed by President Dmitry Medvedev, who has said people and even cows suffer stress from getting up at a different time.
The move means that Moscow will be permanently four hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) but experts said people suffer no ill effects from changing clocks and questioned the need for the reform.
Medvedev announced in February that Russians would not put their clocks back this autumn, saying that the change from daylight saving time caused “stress and illness” and “disturbs the human biorhythm.”
Somewhat bizarrely, he also voiced concern for farm animals, talking of “unhappy cows or other animals who don’t understand the time change and don’t understand that the milkmaid is going to milk them at a different time.”
There are nine different railway stations in Moscow:
1. Belorusskiy Railway – Long-distance trains to West and South-West: Berlin, Warsaw, Vilnius, Kaunas, Cologne, MInsk, Paris, Prague, Brest, Kaliningrad, Smolensk. Commuter trains to Borodino, Golitsyno, Dorokhovo, Zvenigorod, Kubinka, Mozhaysk, Odintsovo, Usovo.
2. Kazanskiy Railway – Long-distance trains to South, East and South-East of Russia, to Kazakhstan, Central Asia and China: Abakan, Anapa, Alma-Ata, Ashkhabad, Barnaul, Biysk, Bishkek, Groznyy, Dushanbe, Ekaterinburg, Izhevsk, Irkutsk, Kazan, Krasnodar, Krasnoyarsk, Nizhniy Novgorod, Omsk, Orenburg, Perm, Rostov, Ryazan, Samara, Samarkand, Tashkent, Tomsk, Tynda, Ufa, Khabarovsk, Cheboksary, Chelyabinsk. Commuter trains to Bykovo, Vinogradovo, Voskresensk, Gzhel, Egorevsk, Kolomna, Lukhovitsy, Lyubertsy, Ramenskoe, Ryazan, Shatura, Shakhovskaya.
If you are going to buy tickets to or from Moscow there are some very good websites which you can use to buy them:
The Moscow Kremlin
It is impossible to imagine that you could come to Moscow and not to visit Kremlin and The Red Square themselves. This place is the heart of Russia. So you couldn’t miss them anyway. A lot number of tourists visit Kremlin ever year and this place is now the symbol of Russian state and it’s history.
The existing Kremlin walls and towers were built by Italian masters over the years 1485 to 1495. The irregular triangle of the Kremlin wall encloses an area of 275,000 square meters. Its overall length is 2235 meters. The wall’s thickness is between 3.5 and 6.5 meters.
Originally there were eighteen Kremlin towers, but their number increased to twenty in the 17th century. All but three of the towers are square in plan. The highest tower is the Spasskaya, which was built up to its present height of 71 metres in 1625.
Cathedral Square is the heart of the Kremlin. It is surrounded by six buildings, including three cathedrals. The Cathedral of the Dormition was completed in 1479 to be the main church of Moscow and where all the Tsars were crowned. Several important metropolitans and patriarchs are buried there. The gilded, three-domed Cathedral of the Annunciation was completed next in 1489, only to be reconstructed to a nine-domed design a century later. On the south-east of the square is the much larger Cathedral of the Archangel Michael (1508), where almost all the Muscovite monarchs from Ivan Kalita to Alexis I of Russia are interred.