Last weekend I finally went to the place I dreamed to visit for the last several years – The Grand Kremlin Palace and The Faceted Hall. Now I would like to give a small review about The Palace and the Hall and share some of my thoughts. First of all I need to note that I was waiting for this tour for so long because it was almost impossible in the past to get there. The Grand Kremlin Palace and The Faceted Hall are not the museums – they call them as The Official Residence of The President of Russian Federation. You can get there only on special occasions or during the prepayment tour that is held 3-4 times per month only and the duration is 1,5 hours.
The State Armoury Museum is a kind of encyclopedia of Russian art and Russian history. Most of the items on display here were actually made on the territory of the Moscow Kremlin, in the workshops that served the grand princes and tsars. Many of the works which are kept in the Armoury are connected with the names of famous figures in Russian history, and some pieces are mentioned in documents dating back to the 14th century as symbols of the power of the Grand Princes and the Russian state.
The Armoury collection, the only one of its kind in Russia, enables you to form a clear picture of the exceptional mastery of Russian gold- and silversmiths. From the unique objects in this collection you can trace the development of Russian decorative and applied art and learn about the different methods of working precious metals.
If you want to see all the beauty of Moscow in 2 hours the best way is to have great Moscow River cruise. During the cruise you will see all the major sights of Moscow including: Moscow State University, Hotel Ukraine, Gorky Park, Kremlin, Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Novodevichy Covent and many others. If you want to have really nice pictures of Moscow from your trip to show to your friends you should try to have such boat cruise. There are two options for your crusie. The first one you can take the cheap boat for one way (from Kievskaya to Proletarskaya) and just sit and relax and see the beauties of Moscow (this rout is possible during Spring-Summer and early Autumn). The second option is to take the other crusie boat a little bit more expensive but this boat has got very nice restraunt with huge windows and very nice deck where you can make nice pictures. This route is available 365 days a year and ше is roundtrip: from Kievskaya to Proletrskaya and then back to Kievskaya.
The Moscow Metro is unlike any other metro system in the world. Stalin believed that instead of providing decent housing for all of the citizens of the USSR, it was better to build less living accommodations and more “palaces of the people”. These “palaces” were public buildings, monuments, and parks that were architecturally impressive and decorated top to bottom in pro-soviet images and were meant to serve as a matter of pride and enjoyment for the Soviet citizens. The metro is one of the finest examples of this theory.
The downtown stations are filled with valuable artworks such as murals, statues and mosaics as well as crystal chandeliers and marble archways and benches. Each station was designed by a prominent Soviet architect or artist. It is said that much of the marble used in the metro systems were lifted from churches that the soviet government demolished. In fact, the famous, and now re-build Cathedral of Christ the Savior (number 10 on the list) provided marble and decorative elements for several of the stations.
The Night Moscow Tour will make you able to see what is night Moscow. We’ll start after the hustle and bustle of the downtown is over and the lights are on. our first point of visit will be in Zamoskvorchie the 19th century district. You will discover the Bolotnaya (Swamp) square. The former execution square is well known nowadays for one of the most impressive sculptural compositions by Michael Shemyakin called “Children are victims of adults vices.”