Red Square/Kremlin, Moscow
Behind these walls during the long time there aren't inhabitants. Last man who lived in Moscow Kremlin was one stoker (up to 60-ties, if my recollections doesn't fail me). And accordingly that stoker had mail address like this:
"Moscow, Kremlin. for Ferapont Sidoroff"
And you believed that you are cool?
Totally fortress walls of Moscow Kremlin hold 1045 merlons (I selected the best three of them for you:)
It was long time ago. One negotiant went to famous doctor with heavy headache. Doctor examined him and after pondering asked: "Where are your trade? In Kremlin? And what gates do you pass through, Borovitskie or Spasskie? So, clear, you should drive through other gate." Negotiant took that advice and headache stopped!
It's very simple (when you know). It was heavy frost in Moscow. And very respectful icon was established over one of gates. Negotiant was very pios and took away fur-cap passing through gates and crossed himself. Head became too cool...
The first tower of modern Moscow Kremlin was built in 1485 by Peter Fryazin. Tower and gates were named "Taynitskaya" (Secret) according to secret well under the tower. That well should supplied Kremlin under the siege with water. Tower height 38,4 m.
Tower built in XV century was lost. In 1770 it was destroied, because Kremlin Palace was erecting. But already in 1771-1773 tower was reconstructed according to measurements by M. Kazakoff. So the "oldest" tower is "newdone". And in 1930 gates and secret places were bricked up.
At the end of XVII century all main Kremlin towers were raised with high hipped roofs. Taynitskaya Tower was overbuilt too, but very-very "modest". Interesting, why main gate- and fire-tower of the south side is so low? (No, no, bricks were not stolen:)
The case is that ancients laid streets of Zamoskvorechye (Behind-Moscow-River) so way that their prospects were closed either Pokrovsky cathedral, or bell-tower of Ivan the Great. Because old builder didn't built up Taynitskaya Tower "strongly", it shouldn't prevent "Ivan-Bell-Ringer".
Favorite thing: The Moscow Kremlin is the heart of the Russia capital: major thoroughfares of the city either converge on the Kremlin, or form series of concentric circles around it. The Kremlin Great Palace and Palace of Congresses are the meeting places of sessions of the congresses of people's deputies of the Russia.
Red square and the Kremlin is a must see. There is so much history. You can find a tour guide outside the Kremlin,...it is worth the money to get the history and see the best sites.
Fondest memory: The people were so friendly and nice. I have never seen such a joy for life, and not material things. It was refreshing to see. I loved walking the streets in the snow, and talking to the people on the streets. It was a great vacation!!!
Walk over the Red Square and visit the Kremlin. This IS Moskva, this IS Russia. History is not only visible, but you can feel it going straight through you. This atmosphere you won't feel anywhere else in the world and although you're still in Europe ... it feels like a lot further from 'home'.
Fondest memory: Walking on the redsquare, hand in hand with the girl I love. A Russian and a Dutchman, East meets West. A square that long time was the visualising of the cold war, was a peacefull, busy place, where I too was warmly welcomed. The feeling that finally the world will slowly become one overwhelmed me and brought me an enormous happyness.
Favorite thing: St. Basil's Cathedral was built from 1555-1561 by Russian architects Barma and Postnik Yaklovev during the reign of Ivan the Terrible to commemorate the victory of Russia over the Kazan Khan. Its popular name has long associated it with a ragged prophet who foretold the Moscow fire of 1547. St. Basil's rises from Red Square in an irresistible profusion of colors and shapes.
Favorite thing: You absolutely must visit Kremlin - but the problem is that they ask a triple price for foreigners to visit any place in Moscow - being Lithuanians we tried to pretend Russians but that didn't help:) Also don't forget to visit Arbat - the place where all artists gather! Great place to wander around;)
Go to Red Square-the Symbol of Moscow. There are always many people walking and making pics. On the one side of it you can find one of the biggest Moscow shopping centre-GUM. It's building goes back to 19th century and there you can find everything.
Fondest memory: You can also walk inside the Kremlin walls. There you will find different churches, Senate, Kremlin Palace and so on...Near the Kremlin walls you will see big Alexander Gardens, really nice place. You can spend your time on the grass or just walk, and you will find different cafes there.
Favorite thing: Red Square: the architecture is astounding and the people-watching is the tops. Red Square is a huge stretch of cobblestoned pavement with most of Moscow's must-see activities within easy walking distance.
Favorite thing: 6 Everybody wants to see Lenins tomb and the graves of the famous Russian Historians (Stalin etc ) near the Kremlin Wall. This is only open from 10 am to 1 pm (check to verify - keeps changing). Lines are long as well but move quickly. Bear in mind that you cannot even bring a camera with you when going in here. As my friends and I had no one to give our cameras to we had to leave one person behing with the equipment while the rest of us went in and he went later. Therfore either hide your cameras well (the guards go through your packs), leave them at your hotel or do what we did.
visit Red Square- the heart of Moscow. Kremlin, St. Basil's Cathedral.
Arbat street. Here is everyone found for yourself something. I like it, cause there full of painters. Very beautiful.
Fondest memory: Here is very high prices. Moscow is one of expensive cities in the world. Here is very high prices.
Favorite thing: Go right to the heart of the city. RED SQUARE is where you should start your adventure. To see ST. BASILS CATHEDRAL for the first time is magical. Seeing the KREMLIN walls with its 3 ton red star on top of the KREMLIN CLOCK TOWER. You realize you are not in kansas anymore.
The most visited tourist places, the very centre and very heart of Moscow and Russia as a whole.
On the Kremlin territory there is a treasure museam 'Oruzheynaja palata' (Weapon chamber) where many golden, silver and diamond decorations and weapon is stored. Exposition also shows the cloth of russian kings (tsars, as they are called in Russia).
Favorite thing: Visit the ornately-decorated Orthodox churches from the 15th century, located inside the Kremlin's walls. The KREMLIN ARMORY is also worth touring; guides speaking English and other languages are available.