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    Foreign Affairs Ministry

    by sue_stone Written Sep 18, 2005

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    At the western end of the Ulista Arbat was one of my favourite buildings that we got up close to in Moscow, the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

    It is one of the ‘Seven Sisters’ – the Gothic style skyscrapers commissioned by Stalin in the 1940’s.

    It is a truly unique and imposing looking building. We couldn’t look inside as it was closed, but the outside was interesting enough. We particularly liked the USSR coat of arms decorating the main door.

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    Place of Skulls (Lobnoye Mesto)

    by sue_stone Written Sep 19, 2005

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    Located just up the hill from St Basil’s Cathedral, the Place of Skulls (or Lobnoye Mesto) is the spot where public executions used to be carried out.

    To be honest it is not much to look at – as per the photo, it is a round, walled platform in Red Square, probably appreciated more these days as somewhere for tourists to take the weight off between sites.

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    River Cruise

    by sue_stone Written Sep 19, 2005

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    What better way to while away a couple of hours on a midsummers afternoon than by taking a relaxing cruise on the Moscow River.

    We took an cruise that lasted around 90 minutes. We boarded at the Kiev Station landing, just near Borodinsky most.

    On the cruise we passed such sights as the Novodevichy Convent, Hotel Ukraina, Gorky Park, Peter the Great Monument, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and the Kremlin.

    We jumped off at the stop after Red Square, at Bol Utinsky most, which was conveniently right near our hotel.

    A great experience.

    Peter the Great Monument scene from the cruise Amusements ar Gorky Park The Kremlin scene from the cruise
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    Wall of Peace

    by sue_stone Written Sep 20, 2005

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    Not far along Ulista Arbat, partially hiding under some trees is the Wall of Peace.

    This is a wall made from hundreds of individually painted tiles, all with a theme of friendship and unity across the world.

    I wouldn’t go out of my way to see it….but if you find yourself wandering down Ulista Arbat, check it out.

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    Eternal Flame of the Unknown Soldier

    by mallyak Written Dec 1, 2010

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    In 1991 Moscow was the scene of a coup attempt by the government members opposed to the reforms of Mikhail Gorbachev. When the USSR was dissolved in the same year, Moscow continued to be the capital of Russia. Since then, the emergence of a market economy in Moscow has produced an explosion of Western-style retailing, services, architecture, and lifestyles.
    Note the Fallen soldeir and later the Coca Cola Kiosk-the sign of an open Western lifestyle.

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    Arsenal

    by mallyak Written Nov 30, 2010

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    home of the Kremlin Guard, the Arsenal was constructed on Peter the Great’s orders as a massive weapons depot. Around its exterior are 800 French cannons, captured by the Russians during Napoleon’s disastrous retreat from Moscow. No entry, don't even think of getting close.

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    7. Favourite city of Messir

    by vodolaz Updated Sep 25, 2004

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    Common people , but not moscow fu**ing officials established Master`s museum in nearer entrance to apartment no.50
    You can get also excursion from there.
    Moscow goverment still doesn`t want to give away Bulgakov`s apartment for his museum.
    Apartments in Moscow are very expensive , especially in Centre. And nobody lives now in this apartment.
    There are so many very strange things in Russia - as stronger love of common people to writer is , than stronger goverment hates him.
    F**ck the officials !

    This people have coming from all parts of Russia
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    Kitai Gorod

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Oct 8, 2006

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    A morning spent in the area known as Kitai Gorod, immediately north-east of Red Square, is a walk through much of Moscow's history. The whole area is packed with historic buildings and streets as this is one of the oldest quarters of the city. One street alone, ulitsa Varvarka, has within just a couple of hundred yards a veritable sampler of such buildings. On one side of the street, standing side by side, are no less than 3 lovely churches, a monastery, the boyar house built by the grandfather of the first of the Romanov czars and the "English House" -residence of Elizabeth I's ambassadors to the court of Ivan the Terrible.

    The monolithic blockhouse that was the Rossiya Hotel has at last been demolished and for a short while these lovely buildings will not be in the permanent shadow that it cast. Who knows what will go up in its place though - if the scale of recent additions to the city's skyline are anything to go by, it will be neither discreet nor sympathetic.

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    The Borodino Panorama Museum

    by mallyak Written Dec 1, 2010

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    The Borodino Panorama Museum was inaugurated in 1962 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the mighty battle fought between the massed French troops of Napoleon and the Russian soldiers under Field Marshal Kutuzov, which took place in August 1812 just 129 kilometers outside Moscow. The museum is built on the historic site of the village of Fili, where legend has it a council of war was held in a small peasant hut to decide the fate of Moscow and indeed the entire country.

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    The Senate

    by mallyak Updated Nov 30, 2010

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    A splendid example of neo-classical design, the Senate’s mustard yellow walls were masterminded by the renowned architect Matvey Kazakov, on the instructions of Catherine the Great. Famous as the location of Lenin's office after the October Revolution, today the Senate serves as the official Presidential residence. No, you can’t go in.

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    statue on the Moskwa river

    by mallyak Updated Dec 1, 2010

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    A statue of Peter I on the bank of the Moskva River is one of the tallest outdoor sculptures in the world.

    The idea for this monument was conceived by Mayor Luzhkov and created with the help of city-sponsored artist Tsereteli. The monument has courted extensive controversy. For a start, Peter the Great's enthusiasm for his northern capital St. Petersburg was motivated at least in part by his hatred for Moscow. Putting aside historical politics though, others complain that the monument is just plain ugly. The monument itself is 165 feet high, featuring a strident Peter the Great standing atop a frigate in full sail and brandishing a golden scroll. It stands on the western tip of the elongated island formed between the Moskva river and the Vodootvodnyi canal.

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    State Literature Museum

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Sep 28, 2006

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    It is situated in the former Narishkinskie Palaty near Visoko-Petrovsky Monastery.
    State Literature Museum was founded in 1921 and has 12 branches that occupy several old beautiful mansions in Moscow and Moscow region. Eight of them are house-museums of prominent Russian men of letters. Here you will trace the full history of the development of literature in Russia from ancient manuscripts and first printed books to nowadays.

    The Museum's collection counts more than a 1,000,000 exhibits: unique editions, manuscripts and typescripts by prominent writers, rare pieces of art, photographs, and other items connected to the history of Russian literature, classical and modern. There is also a unique collection of writers' voice records (starting with Leo Tolstoy).

    The exposition of the main building on Petrovka Street also includes some rare editions by the first Russian publisher Ivan Fedorov.

    Open: Wed, Fri from 2 p.m. through 7 p.m., Tue, Thurs, Sat from 11 a.m. through 5 p.m.
    Closed: Sunday, Monday

    Literature Museum and Visoko-Petrovsky Monastery
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    Voskresenskie Capstan - Red Square

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Sep 22, 2006

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    Voskresenskie capstan was constructed in 1534-53 and demolished in 1934 as interfering to entry of military engineering. It was repaired in 1995 after the last large parade devoted to the anniversary of Victory above Germany.

    The first time it was named Neglininkskie, and a title Voskresenskie have received in 1680, on a name of Voskresenskiy monastery facing on Tverskaya street. Then it have been completed with two tents, whence Russian tsars with the set secretly looked at entries of the foreign ambassadors on the Red Square. In 1666 capstans was attached by Iverskaya Church with a wonder-working icon of Iverskaya Virgin.

    Now the most impressious entrance into the Red Square leads through Voskresenskie Capstan.

    Voskresenskie Capstan from the Red Square Voskresenskie Capstan from Red Square Voskresenskie Capstan from Manezhnaya Square Mosaics at the Voskresenskie Capstan
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    Moscow Circus

    by tere1 Written Sep 4, 2006

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    If you go to Moscow you can't miss a Moscow Circus performance!

    The enviable reputation on Russian Circus is based on 200 years of tradition, but in particular 70 years of massive state support under the Communist regime.

    Since the reign of Catherine the Great, the circus has played an important role in the rich cultural traditions of Russia. In Russia, the circus is regarded as an art form , a showcase for highly skilled and creative artists.

    Plenty of animals, bears, tigers, lions, elephants ,acrobats and some of the most amazing performances will give you a superb show which you will never forget!

    Performances are held at the Great Moscow State Circus on a daily basis with matinees starting at 3pm and evening performances starting at 7pm.

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    Sretensky Monastery

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Sep 28, 2006

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    In 1395 Tamerlan's armies came to Moscow. Great Duke Vasiliy headed peoples volunteer corps.
    To encourage people the Vladimirskaya Virgin Icon was brought from the Oldest Russian town Vladimir. And the Miracle came true! Tamerlan suddenly went away! In the memory of this event the church was built.

    Then the Monastery was founded. In 1482 it was constructed in stone. In 1679 the Cathedral was constructed by the order of tsar Thedor Alekseevich.

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