Moscow Attractions

Moscow ©vitasmal/flickr

Moscow ©vitasmal/flickr

The capital of Russia, Moscow was founded in 1147 AD. It has a population of 11 million, a very wealthy economic center for it has one sixth of the world’s land mass. There are more than 120 ethnic groups and nationalities. What’s amazing is the diverse strange mixed of traditional and newer architectures. The best time to visit is May to September. You are recommended to check out the Red Square, The Kremlin, St. Basil Cathedral, Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Moscow Subway and the Victory Day Parade.

The Kremlin

Kremlin is the hub of all the best sights in Moscow, so you can them within a couple of days as they are closely next to each other. The Kremlin is a historic fortress and complex. It is on the Moscow River which people regard it as the world’s eighth wonder. Being the main symbolic structure in Russia, the Kremlin can be traced to the foundation of Moscow in 1147. It was originally built from wood but the Mongols destroyed that wooden fortress in 1238. The same fate to the second wooden version, but to the Great fire of Moscow in 1365 until they built a stone fortress. Mongols seemed keen to take and burn the city, so again in 1382 it was destroyed once again.

Historical Moscow

In 1485, an Italian group of architects did not tear down the old wall and built on top of them. Now what you see today is super thick wall and a castle that resembles its original. It has been residence of Russian rulers, tsars, emperors, soviet leaders and presidents. At present, the citadel has become the location of ceremonies. It is also the Russian president’s official residence, serving also a museum with four palaces, four cathedrals and 20 towers that survived the centuries.

Moscow Subway

Moscow Subway ©azwegers/flickr

Moscow Subway ©azwegers/flickr

This is a living museum made of marble and granite and not an ordinary subway with series of tunnels and trains. Besides functional for the Muscovites for the day to day public transportation. In the event of an attack, it is able to hold 11 million. Moscow has a fantastic subway despite their traffic blunders. Be awed by each of its subway stations displays a different palace-like design. Lots of expensive black cars can be found in this Europe’s largest metropolis. There is an advanced Metro system which has a capacity of three million passengers a day, so you can imagine how big the Moscow Metro is.

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