Have you ever planned for Moscow? If not, then mark it on your bucket list. Moscow in Russia offers a plenty of places to visit with its exuberant cultural heritage and home to the world’s largest community of billionaires. Moscow is regarded as a hub of creative and intellectual energy.
An 860-year-old city encompasses historical and contemporary sights. You can engage in cultural activities in the capital of music and theatre.
Not only historical heritage, but this global city is also thriving with world-class art galleries, museums, restaurants and theatres. When you are in Moscow you will be taken aback with its exuberant lifestyles and flashy wealth. The nightlife in Moscow is amazingly thrilling.
When to visit Moscow?
The best time to visit Moscow is in between the season of fall and spring. The splendour just magnifies during this transitional season which is a sight to behold. The flowers are blooming and the leaves turn colour in the city parks. The long days of summer can be very enthralling. Though Russia’s infamous winters keep most tourists away during the cold months, but if you wish to fit right in throw on some furs and knock back a few shots of vodka. Moscow travel over New Year’s Eve can be a real treat with fireworks over the snowy city streets.
Let’s know the most iconic landmarks of Moscow.
Kremlin is the must-visit spot of Moscow as it is one of the most important parts of the city built during the 15th century. It holds a significant place in the history of Russia. In ancient times many decisions regarding the Russian Empire were taken which was the seat of the Russia government. In 1990, this fortified citadel and the Red Square were enlisted in the UNESCO worldwide heritage. It is both cultural sights for the tourist and the residence of the President of Russia.
The World’s most famous Bolshoi Theatre hosts 3-4 different operas and 2-3 ballets each year. The focus is on classical masterpieces from composers such as Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, and Tchaikovsky. Russian dance is world famous and is an integral part of Russian culture.
This building is an awe-inspiring example of Russian Classical architecture that faces the Kremlin walls. The Bolshoi is the second most prominent opera house in Europe (after La Scala).
St. Basil’s(Pokrovsky) Cathedral
The first Tsar of Russia. Ivan Vasilyevich or Tsar Ivan IV the terrible who was the Grand Prince of Moscow built the cathedral in 1554-1560 in honour of conquest of the Kazan Khanate.
According to the legend, after the completion of the cathedral he ordered the architects to beblinded so that they would not build such a beautiful building anywhere else.
Despite the gruesome story behind it, the Cathedral itself is an architectural masterpiece. It consists of nine altars spread out on one single foundation.
Saint Basil’s Cathedral is a majestic church sitting next to Moscow Kremlin and opposite of the Voskresensky Gate of the Red Square. Over the centuries it has stood watch over many political and historical events in the country’s history.
This cathedral also constitutes the symbol or icon of the city for its extraordinary architecture. In 1990 the UNESCO declared the structure as the World Heritage site.
GUM Department Store
GUM is a huge shopping centre which is popular for its wonderful architecture. It stands along one side of the Red Square built in 1812 during the reign of Alexender I. It comprises of 200 shops of all the luxurious style, selling brands such as Louis Vuitton, Dior, Hugo Boss, Burberry etc. The shopping centre also houses many cafes and restaurants. It also hosts art and photo exhibitions, and it is one of the venues of the international art festival Chereshneviy les. Even if you are not shopping this three-level glass-roofed building is quite exquisite and well worth exploring.
The Moscow Metro is also the main sights of the city for its architecture and the station is called “underground palaces of Moscow”. The old, pre-war stations symbolise the industrialisation of Russia. On the other hand, the post-war ones depict victory and pride of the nation.
Sokolnicheskaya, the first metro line was built in 1935.
“Majakovskaya” is one of the magnificent stations. The architectural monuments of 1930-1950 which includes “Revolution Square”, “Kropotkinskaya”, “Novoslobodskaya”, “Komsomolskaya”, are the must-see places for the tourists.
Beautiful statues, monuments and art such as mosaics, paintings and stained-glass windows adorn the underground complexes.
Kuskovo Estate is a representative of typical Russian estate architecture built in the 18th century. It is a beautiful combination of baroque and classicism. For the one who loves to have a beautiful day out, the estate with a majestic palace, a huge park and ponds is an ideal destination.
Earlier, Kuskovo hosted grand parties twice a week. The guest list included estate owners, Moscow’s nobility and even the Empress Catherine II of Russia. It also has a museum, and in the summer it hosts festivals and concerts.