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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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    BELORUSSKAYA metro

    by smirnofforiginal Written Sep 14, 2012

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    On the circle (brown)/number 5, Kol’tsevaya line.
    The architects of the station were awarded a State prize of the USSR for the design of Belorusskaya in 1951.
    This is without doubt a most awesome station.

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    KOMSOMOL’SKAYA metro

    by smirnofforiginal Written Sep 14, 2012

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    On the circle (brown)/number 5, Kol’tsevaya line.
    The architects of the station А.Shchusev and P.Korin were awarded a State prize of the USSR in 1951.
    The pictures depict vitory in The Great Patriotich War.

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    Kilómetro "Cero" - Kilometer " Zero "

    by elpariente Written Sep 11, 2012

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    Originalmente se llamó "Milla cero de las Carreteras Rusas" , pero con eso del cambio al Sistema Métrico Decimal tuvieron que cambiarle el nombre
    Se considera el centro geográfico de Rusia desde donde se miden todas las distancias, pero no olvidemos que está a unos metros del Kremlin y de la Plaza Roja que es donde se toman todas las decisiones políticas de este gran país
    Como tradición la gente se pone al borde de este punto y tira monedas por la espalda para ver si quedan dentro , lo que significaría que iban a tener suerte , aunque los que realmente tienen suerte son aquellos que recogen las monedas

    Originally called "Mile Zero of the Russian Roads", but with the change to the metric system they had to change the name
    It is considered the geographical centre of Russia, from which all distances are measured, but do not forget that is just a few meters from the Kremlin and The Red Square, which is where are taken all political decisions of this great country
    As tradition people in the edge of this point throw coins to the back trying that they fall within, which would mean that they would get lucky, but those really are lucky are who collect coins

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    La casa de las Conchas/ The house of Shells

    by elpariente Updated Sep 7, 2012

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    A principios del siglo XIX una pareja de de Moscú fue a visitar España y Portugal, quedaron impresionados con La Casa de las Conchas de Salamanca y a la vuelta él le prometió hacer una casa como la que habían visto
    La casa recuerda un castillo español , con la entrada con forma de herradura , símbolo de la felicidad y las conchas que son un motivo muy marinero
    No es de extrañar que cuando un español vea la casa le impacte y le recuerde a La Casa de las Conchas de Salamanca , de hecho esta casa de los Morozov era conocida como "La Mansión Española"
    Hoy se utiliza como centro cultural

    In the early nineteenth century a couple of Moscow visited Spain and Portugal and were impressed with the Medieval architecture and specially with The House of Shells in Salamanca and when they returned, he promised to build a house as they had seen
    The house resembles a Spanish Castle, with horseshoe-shaped inlet, symbol of happiness and shells that remember the sea
    No wonder that when a Spanish see this house is impacted because it reminds the House of Shells in Salamanca, in fact this Morozov house was known as "The Spanish Mansion"
    Today it is used as a cultural centre

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    Catedral - Izmailovo - Cathedral

    by elpariente Updated Aug 31, 2012

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    La catedral de la Intercesión de la Virgen María se construyó en 1619 para conmemorar la expulsión de los Polacos con cinco cúpulas de cebolla negras que tienen azulejos como escamas metálicas , los hastiales inferiores que están decorados con azulejos de "ojo de pavo real "
    En frente de la catedral está la Puerta ceremonial con tres arcos

    The Cathedral of the Intercession of the Virgin Mary was built in 1619 to commemorate the expulsion of Poles .It has five onion domes with black tiles and metallic flakes, the lower gables are decorated with tiles of "peacock eye"
    In front of the cathedral is the ceremonial gate with three arches

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    Mercado - Izmailovo - Market

    by elpariente Written Aug 31, 2012

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    Aquí no debemos esperar encontrar nada "made in China" pues es un mercado en el que se venden artesanías Rusas y además tiene una parte, que es una especie de rastro, en la que se venden todo tipo de cosas
    Los fines de semana está preparado para los turistas y los Rusos que van a buscar gangas y entre semana cambia el tipo de gente, pues se venden materiales para hacer las artesanías y piezas para los minoristas
    Cobran una entrada simbólica de 10 Rublos, pero entrando un poco más adelante de la puerta principal igual no te cobran
    Aquí se regatea todo y la variación entre el precio final de compra y el inicial puede ser importante en algunos casos ya es un problema de habilidad y tiempo
    Se puede comer en los puestos que hay a la entrada
    ( Matrioskas, Huevos de Pascua, Gorros de piel, insignias de la revolución, cuadros, ropa, cajas de esmalte, samovares, ropa paramilitar, ambar,collares...)
    Here we should not expect to find anything "made in China" as it is a market that sells Russian crafts and also has an area that is kind of flee market, where they sell all sorts of things
    Weekends are for tourists and Russians who go looking for bargains and on weekdays change the type of people because they sell materials to make crafts and artisan pieces for retailers
    They charge a symbolic entry of 10 rubles, but going a little further from the front door perhaps they do not charge you
    Here you bargain for everything and the variation between the final price and the initial may be important in some cases it is a matter of skill and time
    You also may eat here in the stalls at the entrance
    (Matrioskas, Easter eggs, fur hats, badges of the revolution, pictures, clothes, boxes of enamel, samovars, paramilitary clothing, amber, necklaces ... )

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    Parque- Izmailovo -Park

    by elpariente Updated Aug 31, 2012

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    El Parque Izmailovo, es un parque inmenso, que fue residencia de los Romanov , pabellón de caza y también una finca experimental agrícola donde intentaron con asesores extranjeros implantar nuevas especies que no existían en Rusia , probar sistemas de regadío y nuevos métodos de trabajo que pudieran sustituir importaciones de vino, seda, algodón,especies...
    Nos quedamos en el hotel Gamma y como el último día teníamos un rato antes de tomar el avión nos fuimos a dar un paseo muy agradable por el parque, con sus canales, lagos, abedules..., hasta llegar a la catedral

    Izmailovo Park, is huge , it was the residence of the Romanovs, there hunting lodge and also an agricultural experimental farm where foreign advisers tried to introduce new species that did not exist in Russia, investigated in new irrigation systems and tested new ways of working , that could substitute imports of wine, silk, cotton and spices
    We stayed at the Hotel Gamma and as the last day we had a while before taking the plane we went for a nice walk in the park, with its canals, lakes, birches..., up to reach the cathedral

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    Los siete rascacielos/ The seven skyscrapers

    by elpariente Written Aug 31, 2012

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    Después de la Segunda Guerra Mundial , Rusia estaba envuelta en la Guerra Fría y en un proceso de reconstrucción
    Entre 1947 by 1953 Stalin tomó la decisión de renovar la ciudad, para celebrar los ocho siglos de su fundación, por el subsuelo, construyendo un Metro que se diferenciase de los del resto del mundo y en su superficie construyendo ocho rascacielos que pudieran todos juntos ser más altos y competir con el Empire State de Nueva York
    Al final sólo se construyeron siete edificios , en sólo diez años, que popularmente los llaman las "Siete Hermanas" o los "Siete ... de Stalin" pues ante las preguntas que le hacían a Stalin, dijo que se hacían por sus...(razones)
    Son edificios con torres escalonadas, distribuidas en dos alas laterales que confluyen hacia una torre en el centro que termina con una gran aguja de vidrio y metal con la estrella y la hoz y el martillo , que Stalin decidió que fuera igual en todas y así se diferenciarían del Empire State ( A mi me recuerdan la Giralda de sevilla ??? )
    Prácticamente desde cualquier rincón de Moscú se puede ver alguna de las "Siete hermanas"

    After World War II, Russia was involved in the Cold War and in a rebuilding process
    From 1947 to 1953 Stalin decided to renew the city, to celebrate the eight centuries of its foundation, in the basement, building a Metro differentiated from the rest of the world and on its surface the construction of eight skyscrapers that could be all together higher than the Empire State of New York
    At the end only seven buildings were built in just ten years, popularly they are called the "Seven Sisters" or "Stalin's Seven ..." because to the questions Stalin answered , that he was doing it for his .. . (reasons)
    They are stepped towers , spread over two wings that converge towards a central tower in the middle that ends with a big glass and metal needle with the star and the hammer and sickle, that Stalin decided that should be equal in all the buildings and so they should differentiate of the Empire State (To me they remind me the Giralda in Seville???)
    Virtually from anywhere in Moscow you can see some of the "Seven Sisters"

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    Moscow Metro at night

    by fachd Written Jul 16, 2012

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    Yes I know why you would want to visit underground metro for sightseeing. Is not all metro around the world are all the same.

    I think catching Moscow metro at night is interesting. Indeed it was interesting for us. They were glorified picture of Lenin, small monument and large paintings representing Russian victory in 1945. It had high ceilings with marble walls, chandeliers that lite up the stations and beautiful clean tiles. You could definitely feel the Bolsheviks had something to do with the design. When we got out of the underground metro we had to hop on probably the longest escalator I’ve been.

    I think it’s worth seeing it and its cheap only 28 ruble per ride. I thought the metro is different then London or Madrid metro.

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