There are a lot of places in Moscow that you can find really interesting for yourself. But also we have some places that you shoud really visit during your stay at Moscow. So let’s see them and find out what are they special about.
The Moscow Kremlin And The Red Square
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.
The current building was built on Theatre Square in 1824. It was designed by architect Andrei Mikhailov, who had built the nearby Maly Theatre in 1824.
At that time, all Russian theatres were imperial property. Moscow and St Petersburg each had only two theatres, one intended for opera and ballet (these were known as the Bolshoi Theatres), and one for plays (tragedies and comedies). As opera and ballet were considered nobler than drama, the opera houses were named “Grand Theatres” (“Bolshoi” being the Russian for “large” or “grand”) and the drama theatres were called “Smaller Theatre” (“Maly” being the Russian for “small”, “lesser”, or “little”).
The Bolshoi Theatre’s original name was the Imperial Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow, while the St. Petersburg Bolshoi Theatre (demolished in 1886), was called the Imperial Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre.
The Moscow Metro was opened in 1935 with one line and 13 stations, it was the first underground railway system in the Soviet Union. Currently, Moscow Metro has 182 stations. Its route length is 301.2 kilometres. The system is mostly underground, with the deepest section located at 84 metres below ground.
The Moscow Metro is the world’s second most heavily used rapid transit system after Tokyo’s twin subway.
The first plans for a metro system in Moscow date back to the times of the Russian Empire. These plans were postponed by World War I, the October Revolution and the Russian Civil War. It was not until June 1931 that the decision to start construction of the Moscow Metro was taken by the Central Committee of the USSR Communist Party.
The Tretyakov Gallery
The State Tretyakov Gallery is an art gallery in Moscow, Russia, the foremost depository of Russian fine art in the world.
The gallery’s history starts in 1856 when the Moscow merchant Pavel Tretyakov acquired works by Russian artists of his day with the aim of creating a collection, which might later grow into a museum of national art. In 1892, Tretyakov presented his already famous collection to the Russian nation.
The façade of the gallery building was designed by the painter Viktor Vasnetsov in a peculiar Russian fairy-tale style. It was built in 1902–04 to the south from the Moscow Kremlin. During the 20th century, the gallery expanded to several neighboring buildings, including the 17th-century church of St. Nicholas in Tolmachi.
Kolomenskoye village was first mentioned in the testament of Ivan Kalita (1339). As the time went by, the village was developed as a favourite country estate of grand princes of Muscovy. The earliest extant structure is the exceptional Ascension church (1532), built in white stone to commemorate the long-awaited birth of an heir to the throne, the future Ivan the Terrible. Being the first stone church of tent-like variety, the uncanonical “White Column” (as it is sometimes referred to) marked a stunning rupture with the Byzantine tradition.
The church stands up toward the sky from a low cross-shaped podklet (ground floor), then follows a prolonged chetverik (octagonal body) of the church, and then an octagonal tent, crowned by a tiny dome. The narrow pilasters on the sides of the chetverik, the arrow-shaped window frames, the three tiers of the kokoshniks and the quiet rhythm of stair arcades and open galleries underline the dynamic tendency of this masterpiece of the Russian architecture.
The State Moscow of Vladimir Mayakovsky
If you would like to have a small private tour and visit the very special place in Moscow that could give you the feel of creativity and also Russia of Soviet Era you shouldn’t miss this place: The State Museum of Vladimir Mayakovsky. This place is really one of the impressive museums in Moscow that many Russians and foreigners like to visit.
Vladimir Mayakovsky was a Russian and Soviet poet and playwright, among the foremost representatives of early-20th century Russian Futurism.
As one of the few Soviet writers who were allowed to travel freely, his voyages to Latvia, Britain, Germany, the United States, Mexico and Cuba influenced works like My Discovery of America (1925). He also travelled extensively throughout the Soviet Union.
Among his famous poems and other works he also had a tragic life. On the evening of April 14, 1930, Mayakovsky shot himself.