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    Ostankino estate

    by Muscovite Written May 13, 2013

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    When in Moscow, and especially if you stay at the huge hotel Cosmos, you may be tempted to visit Ostankino estate

    Please note:
    The palace is under maintenance until September 30, 2013.
    Individual visitors are admitted on Saturdays and Sundays ONLY, and then they have to follow a group guide. (I considered going there last weekend, but dropped the idea)
    You can do an online-tour instead – the interior is fabulous!

    They used to have wonderful summer concerts, that will wait until the end of the works - shame indeed.
    Failed to find any English-language site – you will have to use an online-translator

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    How much time is not too much for Moscow?

    by Muscovite Written Apr 25, 2013

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    Now this is really a philosophical question! Depends on your idea of what is worth your time, you know…
    If you want to visit all the sights worth visiting, you will have to turn into a cat and use all your nine lives.
    On the other hand, I know people who are pretty happy with a half-a-day jet tour.

    The usual tourist programme for Moscow is:
    Day 1: Kremlin (morning) city sightseeing (Red Square, St. Basil’s, Moscow university, Novodevichy convent - afternoon) – or vise versa
    Day 2: same, but in depth – Kremlin Armoury (morning), metro tour/ Moscow river boat trip + Kolomenskoye / Tsaritsyno / Kuskovo estates (afternoon)
    Day 3: museums – Tretyakov (Russian art - morning), Pushkin (European, Byzantine, Egyptian art – afternoon)
    Then you add objects indefinitely…

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    House on the embankment

    by Odiseya Written Dec 23, 2012

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    House on the embankment is popular name for VTsIK Residential Complex. It has and another name it is a "Mercedes house" because of dominate Mercedes sign on the top. This huge complex was build in period from 1928 till 1930 according to decision of communistic government. Author was Boris Lofan.
    This complex was formerly housing for top Communist Party functionaries, sits conveniently across across the river from the Kremlin.

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    St. Nicholas the Wonderworker Chapel

    by Odiseya Updated Dec 6, 2012

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    St. Nicholas the Wonderworker Chapel is one of chapel that I saw in Moscow. There is interesting surroundings and stairs near chapel with anticking-looking-like street lamps.
    St. Nicholas of Myra, The Wonderworker is the most honorable saint in Russia. Thousand of Russian churches and chapels across the country was named after this saint.
    On December 19 and May 22, the Russian Orthodox Church celebrates Nicholmas – the holiday of St Nicholas of Myra, The Wonderworker.

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    Bell tower of Pokrovsky monastery

    by Odiseya Written Dec 5, 2012

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    Bell tower of Pokrovsky women monastery (Russian: Колокольня Покровского женского монастыря) is part of Svyato-Pokrovsky Stavropegial Monastery complex.
    First documented evidence of presence of belfry is in 1763 and it was made from stone. In 1799 it was rebuilt in a three-tier Nemetskom stile with a spire and cross more then 15m high.
    The first level of the bell tower, cell buildings and the fence with the towers and gates (dated back to the 19th century) are extant. The bell tower was reconstructed in period from 1999 till 2002. Finally, the tower and bells was consecrated by His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and and All Russia Alexy II in 4th October 2002.
    Work hours: Monday - Saturday from 07.00 till 20.00, Sunday from 06.00 till 20.00.

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    Svyato-Pokrovsky Stavropegial Monastery

    by Odiseya Updated Dec 5, 2012

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    Svyato-Pokrovsky Stavropegial Monastery (Russian: Свято-Покровский ставропигиальный женский монастырь) is very interesting and important Russian Orthodox Monastery in Moscow.
    This Monastery is also refer as Monastery "Protection of the poor houses". It was founded by Tsar Michael Feodorovich on the burial place of the homeless, tramps, wanderers suddenly died in 1635.
    On territory of the today monastery are two temple: the temple of the Resurrection (rebuilt in the 19th century) and the temple of the Holy Virgin (rebuilt in the 19th century). There is also and interesting bell tower.
    As in many monasteries there is many sacred relics. There is also and important necropolis. In the necropolis of this monastery are buried representatives of the Moscow merchants and the nobility of the Georgian royal and princely houses of 19th century and the clergy.
    Since 1870 there was a missionary monastery. Here was the school for choirboys and alms-house for the old long time ago. In 1916 here was opened the field hospital for the injured and sick soldiers. It was closed in 1920 and then destroy by the end of 20th of last century. Instead, long time there ware various institution and conduct various activities such as printing house, library or gym. In October in 1995 they was renovated as a Monastery.
    This is for all believes very important - since 1998 in the monastery are the relics of Blessed Matrona of Moscow.
    On the entrance of big complex there is sign - "Saint Blessed old woman Matrona, praying to God for us" (Russian: Святой блаженная старица МАТРОНО, моли Бога о нас).
    Work hours: Monday - Saturday from 07.00 till 20.00, Sunday from 06.00 till 20.00

    Svyato-Pokrovsky Stavropegial Monastery Svyato-Pokrovsky Stavropegial Monastery II Svyato-Pokrovsky Stavropegial Monastery wall Svyato-Pokrovsky Stavropegial Monastery wall II Svyato-Pokrovsky Stavropegial Monastery gate
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    The Church of the Resurrection Slovusheye

    by Odiseya Updated Dec 5, 2012

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    The Church of the Resurrection Slovusheye (Russian: Храм Воскресения Словущего) is part of Svyato-Pokrovsky Stavropegial Monastery.
    This church was build in 1682 thank the financial support of the tsar Fedor Alexeevich. This was the stone church and it was dedicated in the name of All Saints. Later, in 1792-98, it was rebuilt. Today look is from 1854-55 thanks the design of the architect M. D. Bykovsky.
    Finally, it was consecrated (again) in honour of the Resurrection Slovusheye or Renovation of the Church of the Resurrection of Christ in Jerusalem.
    Work hours: Monday - Saturday from 07.00 till 20.00, Sunday from 06.00 till 20.00

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    The Church of the Protection of the Holy Mary

    by Odiseya Updated Dec 5, 2012

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    The Church of the Protection of the Holy Mary (Russian: Храм Покрова Пресвятой Богородицы) is part of Svyato-Pokrovsky Stavropegial Monastery.
    Thanks to the financial support of tsar Alexei Mikhailovich in 1655 the stone church was built, then re-build in 1808. There are relics of St. Matrona of Moscow moved on the 1st of May in 1998 from the Danilovskoe cemetery.
    Work hours: Monday - Saturday from 07.00 till 20.00, Sunday from 06.00 till 20.00

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    Church of Simeon Stolpnik

    by Odiseya Updated Dec 5, 2012

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    The church of Simeon Stolpnik is Russian Orthodox church.
    The temple is documentary known since 1625, but there is an assumption, that the first temple named Simeon Stolpnika was built here in the time of Boris Gudonov. In 1625 the temple was constructed. Then years after that the temple was designated «that on Dyachterev's a kitchen garden».
    In 1676-79 under the decree of Tsar Feodor Alexeyevich the existing building was constructed.
    This old little church is located amongst big highrise buildings, new shopping plazas, and lots of traffic on Noviy Arbat (New Arbat) Street.
    In 1940 the temple has been closed. By 1966 the building almost has absolutely collapsed.
    n 1992 the temple has been re-open and divine liturgy are renewed. At a temple the book-store works.

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    Guard of Honor

    by Odiseya Written Dec 1, 2012

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    Kremlin preserve all his history, cultural and military. One of them is famous ceremony of changing of the Guard of Honor.
    In 1997, a Guard of Honor of the Kremlin Regiment (which had guarded the Lenin Mausoleum) was restored at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by the federal law of December 8, 1997, "On Immortalizing the Soviet People’s Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945". A Changing of the Guard Ceremony takes place every hour.

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    The Church of the Nativity of the Holy Virgin

    by Odiseya Written Oct 28, 2012

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    The Church of the Nativity of the Holly Virgin is built in Russian-Byzantine style. It is quadrangular, single-domed with bulbous cupola. The church has no columns.

    The Church was built in 1509 in the place of a wooden church which was originally constructed in 1370 by St. Sergius of Radonezh and his nephew Fedor the bishop of Rostov as the church of a little friary.
    In 1380 the monk of this friary was St. Cyril Belozersky. In the probable place of his cells until 1917 the memorial stone existed. In 1998 in this place the memorial cross was established. Near the wooden church the graves of heroes of the Battle of Kulikovo of 1380, the monks of the Holy Trinity Laura of St. Sergius, Alexander Peresvet and Andrei Oslyaba, killed during a combat with Tatars were placed. Then, their tombs were arranged in the new church (the description of these tombs had been known since 1660). In the 17th century the Monastery was abolished and the church became parish.
    In 1927 the Church was closed and during 1930-ies its dome was destroyed. The gravestone of heroes Peresvet and Oslyaba was sent to scrap. In the walls the windows and doors were cut out. The building was occupied by the compressor station of the plant “Dinamo”. In 1932 the bell tower was demolished. In the 1980-ies it was given to the Historical Museum. Since 1980 it was under restoration by volunteers and by 1988 it was separated from the plant.
    In 1989 the church was returned to the Russian Orthodox Church. In 1991 near the church a stone belfry was built.

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    Marfo-Mariinskaya Cloister of Sisters of Charity

    by Odiseya Written Oct 28, 2012

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    The Cloister was founded in 1908 by Righteous Martyr Grand Princess Elizabeth Fedorovna. She was also and the first Russian Mother Superior.
    The Cloister was built in period 1908 - 1912. The author was architect A.V. Shchuseva. The Cloister was design and build in the Old Russian style with use of details of Novgorod and Pskov architecture.
    The main purpose was charitable help to the sick and poor laity. It had the free hospital (during the World War I it was a field hospital), ambulatory, chemist’s shop and canteen. In the cloister the courses of nurses, the Sunday school, the children’s home and the library were acting. In the beginning of 1918 the Grand Princess Elizabeth Fedorovna was exiled, firstly to Yekaterinburg, then to Alapaevsk where she was thrown into the shaft along with the other regal prisoners. In 1920 the remains of Elizabeth Fedorovna and her loyal lay-sister Barbara were moved from Beijing to Jerusalem. In 1992 the both were canonized.

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    Fallen Monument Park

    by smirnofforiginal Written Sep 14, 2012

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    Also known as The Park of The Fallen Heroes and/or Statue Park but officially Muzeon Park of Arts.
    It, like so many of Moscow's parks, is being given a bit of a face-lift via redeveloping.
    It is full of Joseph Stalin and Vladimir Lenin in a variety of size - mostly big.
    There are many statues here - over 700 but they are not all so exciting and, by the time the redevelopment is complete it will all seem very clean cut.

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    Bunker 42 - secret nuclear bunker

    by smirnofforiginal Written Sep 14, 2012

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    This is a tour. It is brilliant! You need to book in advance AND check that the tour is in English, unless you speak fluent Russian, of course!

    In an ordinary, residential street, nestled in with the other buildings is a yellow house... only this is not a house. It is a facade. There is nothing behind the walls although there used to be lights, on timers, to give the illusion of people living there, following a normal, mundane routine. The house is a facade for the (main) entrance to something that lies 65 meters below the ground - a top secret, cold war, nuclear bunker - number 42. Nobody knows where the other 41 are, if they exist, if they are still secret, if they are still in use... but this one is now a museum and it is both fascinating and informative.

    Your guide will take you down the stairs... this provides a good way of measuring just how deep you are going. NB: There is a lift to get back up but it takes about 5 people. The rest of us walked... 18 flights up seemed a lot more than 18 flights down!!!

    The bunker is connected to various other subterranean tunnels, including several metro stations (the deepest ones). There were over 2500 people working here in the height of the cold war... up to 600 people worked on any given day. Each person knew exactly how to get to the area in which they worked and had zero knowledge of other areas, jobs or information. No job was 9-5 as the Soviet government didn't want hoards of people all turning up and leaving from the same locations/spots/entrances and exits at the same time. People were given specific odd times and were expected to stick, vigorously to them.

    After being given an example of the doors that are meters thick, you are taken to a cinema and a film about the cold war and the arrival of the nuclear age. The film was in English and was very easy to understand. I learnt a lot from it but it meant that my children, who have very little knowledge or understanding of such times, were able to get a real insight as well as simple information. It meant that the tour became pertinent to everybody on it.

    You get taken to a communications centre and are free to touch, hold, twiddle knobs, put on clothes, hats, gas masks... there was not a person who was not excited by this and our guide gave us ample time to explore.

    The tours takes approximately 1.5 hours but you need to get there in advance so 2 hours is required.

    A word to the wise! The closest metro station is Taganskaya (which is on the circle line) but after that it is a bit of a chore to find! You can pick up a Bunker 42 leaflet but the map on the reverse is absolutely useless and of no help what so ever. With the address a very kind shop assistant (who had never heard of the place before) typed the addres and postcode into the gps on his phone and, after close examination, we followed that... although we did not expect to find it. It is not obvious until you are right on top of it (there is now a red star and a barrier in the front). There are some markings on the floor... this is what happens in Moscow - they paint things on the floor and, if your Russian is up to it, you will understand that, although NONE of the Russian matched anything that was on the leaflt, it did lead to the bunker!

    There were 2 adults and 2 children in our party - I do not know if the children had a reduced price. It cost in the region of about £80... but it was money very well spent.
    I can recommend this to you if you have an interest in such things.

    I could not get the telehone number to work from my mobile and it took my hotel a few attempts too... perseverance is the name of the game!!!

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    KIEVSKAYA metro

    by smirnofforiginal Written Sep 14, 2012

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    On the circle (brown)/number 5, Kol’tsevaya line.
    Inspired by Kiev (hence the name) and the relationship the Soviet Union and the Ukraine had... which I am sure you will agree is an interesting theory considering the USSR usurped the Ukraine into its Republic!!! Anyway, it is a beauitul station with mosaics and ornate borders, marble benches and lights....

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