During the private Kremlin tour with my guests we cannot miss one of the gorgeous square the Moscow Kremlin – Ivanovskaya Square. The name was given because of the Great Bell Tower of Ivan the Great (grandfather of Ivan the Terrible, who started unification process of Russia). During the guided tour of the beautiful ensemble of Ivanovskaya Square we visit not only the Bell Tower but also Tainitskiy (Secret) Gardens, Tsar Bell and Tsar Cannon. You can’t miss these beautiful part of Moscow Kremlin if you visit the private Kremlin tour with me! Let me show and tell what we usually see there with my guests.
As a Moscow private guide last time I decided to make a 10 top list of the most beautiful churches of Moscow that I would recommend to all my guests to visit. The only one exception I have made in this list was St. Basil’s Cathedral. I believe this is one of my favorite place in Moscow and even in all Russia. And I have already the full story about this cathedral here. So this time I have a list of other beautiful churches in Moscow that you can visit during your trip to Moscow. The previous part of the list is here. This time I will tell the story about: Krutitsy Metochion, Nativity Church at Putinki, Cathedral of the Holy Mandylion (Andronikov Monastery), Church of the Intercession at Fili, Our Lady of Vladimir Church at Bykovo.
Winter is coming. Or actually is already in Moscow. The winter in Moscow for guide service is the low season. But I really like this season especially when we have heavy snow all around and all the buildings and parks are covered with the snow and you can find yourself in some kind of fairy-land. Moscow winter is very special. And there are so many places you can go to find out the beauty of Moscow. This time I decided to make a list of the most beautiful churches of Moscow that you can visit during your trip to Russia. Some of them can be visited during our tours and some of them you can visited on your own. In this part let us see: Novodevichy Convent (as known as New Maden Convent), Marfo-Mariinskiy Convent, Donskoy Monastery, Kolomenskoe and St. George’s Cathedral in Zamoskvorechiye.
St Basil’s Cathedral: History
One of my favourite place to visit in Moscow is – St Basil’s Cathedral. I believe the most notable and famous all around the world about Russia. During every Moscow private guided tour me or my sister show our guests this amazing cathedral. Also we know some spots in Moscow from which you can make beautiful pictures of the Kremlin, St Basil’s Cathedral and The Red Square at once. This is the best-known church in Moscow — St Basil’s Cathedral or the Cathedral of the Protection of Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat, is located on the Red Square next to the Kremlin wall. It is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This cathedral is jointly used by the State Historical Museum and the Russian orthodox Church, and thus religious services are conducted there from time to time. Its history goes back to the time when Ivan the Terrible was the supreme ruler of Russia. The St Basil’s Cathedral was built in 1555-1561, to commemorate the successful termination of the Kazan military campaigns. Its smaller churches were consecrated to honor the saints at whose days important victories were achieved, and the main church, which is located in the center of the complex and is taller than the rest, was dedicated to the holy day of the Protection of Most Holy Theotokos — that was the day when city Kazan was taken.
Working with so many guests who come to Moscow this time I decided to make an option for the most common requests from my guests who’s chosen me and my sister as their private guides in Moscow. At a first glance these tours could look a little bit simple but maybe for some of the guests that will be the best of the rest private guided tours!