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Being the business, scientific and historical center of Russia, Moscow demonstrates the contrasts of the country in drastic extremes.  With a population of 10 million people, the city displays both ancient and contemporary facets.  Take the subway in the ornate station to visit Red Square, Lenin’s Mausoleum, KGB Museum, nine domes of St Basil’s Cathedral, the Kremlin and other landmarks to shape the glorious and horrifying past of Moscow.  Lighten up yourself to wander in Pushkin Square or go shopping in Bouelevard Ring.  credit

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA – APRIL 24, 2016: the Festival “Easter in Moscow “, the decoration in Stoleshnikov pereulok  (volkova natalia / Shutterstock)

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA – APRIL 15 : Dormition Cathedral of Moscow Kremlin also known as Assumption Cathedral on April 15,2016 in Moscow,Russia. The church is dedicated to Dormition of Theotokos.  (ben bryant / Shutterstock)

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA – APRIL 16 : Old Arbat street on April 16, 2016 in Moscow,Russia. Arbat street is a popular pedestrian street about one kilometer long in the historical center of Moscow.  (ben bryant / Shutterstock)

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MOSCOW – SEPTEMBER 16: Hourly change of the Guard of Honor at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the wall of Kremlin on September 16, 2012 in Moscow. Russia.  (Anton Gvozdikov / Shutterstock)

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA – APRIL 4, 2016: Flags of Russian Federation on Manege Square  (Popova Valeriya / Shutterstock)

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA – May 13, 2015: The All-Russian Exhibition Center in spring day  (Natalia Sidorova / Shutterstock)

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Moscow, Russia – March 29, 2016: Model of the rocket “Vostok” of the world’s first cosmonaut Gagarin with part of the launcher at the Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy (VDNH)  (Igor Travkin / Shutterstock)

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA – MARCH 27,2016:State Tretyakov Gallery is art gallery in Moscow, foremost depository of Russian fine art in world. Gallery’s history starts in 1856. Collection – 130,000 exhibits  (Popova Valeriya / Shutterstock)

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA – MARCH 27, 2016: State Tretyakov Gallery is art gallery in Moscow and is foremost depository of Russian fine art in world. Gallery’s history starts in 1856. Hall of ancient icons  (Popova Valeriya / Shutterstock)

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RUSSIA, MOSCOW – 05 MAR, 2015: Group of dancers are standing at literary award Yasnaya polyana in the Pashkov house.  (Pavel L Photo and Video / Shutterstock)

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA – December 13, 2012 – Dance class for women at fitness centre  (nikitabuida / Shutterstock)

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MOSCOW – 22 AUGUST, 2015 : Popular hipster event called design market Le Picnic took place at Dewars Powerhouse and gathered young designers and artists  (hurricanehank / Shutterstock)

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA-APRIL 14: Souvenir sales counters with native Russian souvenirs on Manezh Square in Moscow April 14, 2015  (dimbar76 / Shutterstock)

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Moscow, Russia – April 16, 2016: The 3rd International exhibition Art & Craft Expo. The works of artists, craftsmen, artisans and talented craftsmen at the exhibition.Focus on jam jars  (OlegDoroshin / Shutterstock)

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Moscow, Russia – June 6, 2015: A grid girl poses during the FIA FORMULA 4 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP – Race in Moscow Raceway Circuit on June 6, 2015 in Moscow, Russia.  (Ev. Safronov / Shutterstock)

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Zhivopisny Bridge is cable-stayed bridge that spans Moscow River.Opened on 27.12.07 and is the highest cable-stayed bridge in Europe  (Copyright: Denys Kurbatov)

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Moscow, Russia, March, 28, 2016. Russian scene: Double-Decker tour bus City Sightseeing near the shopping center “European”  (Ovchinnikova Irina / Shutterstock)

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA – MARCH 19, 2016: Sale of drinks from the car on the territory of ARTPLAY at the Vegan festival  (Devin_Pavel / Shutterstock)

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA – APRIL 03, 2016: Modern and comfortable tram on the streets of Moscow, Russia  (mar_chm1982 / Shutterstock)

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA – APRIL 03, 2016: Modern and comfortable tram on the streets of Moscow, Russia  (mar_chm1982 / Shutterstock)

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA – APRIL 8, 2016: Tourists on background of skyscrapers in Moscow  (Popova Valeriya / Shutterstock)

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA – JUN 04, 2015: Interior of Aviapark shopping centre in Moscow.  (Julia Kuznetsova / Shutterstock)

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA – MARCH 20, 2016: Saleswoman of ice cream and buyers at State Department Store (GUM)  (Popova Valeriya / Shutterstock)

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA – MARCH 19, 2016: Shop for selling tea and coffee on the territory of ARTPLAY at the Vegan festival  (Devin_Pavel / Shutterstock)

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RUSSIA, MOSCOW – MARCH 22 -2016: Red square, view of GUM department store  (Nikolaidi / Shutterstock)

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Moscow, Russia – April 24, 2016: Lotte Hotel Moscow and a shopping center Lotte Plaza, Novinsky Boulevard, House 8, Building 2, a view from Smolenskaya Square  (Aleksei Golovanov / Shutterstock)

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State Historical Museum on Red Square in Moscow, Russia  (Copyright: Yana Ermakova)

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA – AUGUST 17, 2013:Tourists on Sapozhkovskaya square in Moscow.  (Free Wind 2014 / Shutterstock)

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA – MAY 8, 2012: Great Moscow Circus on Vernadsky Prospekt  (Kingarion / Shutterstock)

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St. Basil’s Cathedral at night on Red square, Russia  (Copyright: ben bryant)

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA – APRIL 05, 2016. One of the central streets of Moscow. A lot of people and tourists walk here.  (Alex Poison / Shutterstock)

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA – MARCH 24, 2016: Children’s World – Mega store for children in the center of Moscow  (Lagutkin Alexey / Shutterstock)

Useful Reference

Discovering Moscow
By Christopher Walters

As the capital of the Russian Federation and formerly the Soviet Union, Moscow is an iconic city in Europe. It is steeped in tradition and history and one trip to this infamous city will be one not soon forgotten. From architectural icons to rich cultural heritage, Moscow should not intimidate travelers but invite them to experience the Russia of old coupled with modern, vibrant city. Bear in mind that winters here can be bitter and cold so if you want to avoid harsh weather conditions, spring and summer might be the best times to travel. Any time of year though travelers can enjoy the extremely reliable metro system that services the entire city making it especially easy to get around and explore. The metro stations themselves are an attraction in and of themselves because of their beautiful architectures and d�cor. Beware though that most signs are in Russian so you will want your travel guide with you to help you navigate where you are and where you need to be. Whether you are flying in to Moscow or traveling from another European city, travel to the city is easy due to the fact that it is a major travel hub for trains and planes. While you are exploring all that Moscow has to offer, consider including these must-sees during your travels.

Red Square

This is by far the number one attraction for visitors to Moscow and one of the world’s most famous addresses. Here you will find the Kremlin and St. Basil’s Cathedral, the colorful almost story book looking architectural icon that is probably Moscow’s most recognizable landmark. The massive cathedral was built in the mid-1500’s and is an absolute must-see. Also, don’t miss the Lenin mausoleum, thought to be the resting place of the famous leader, Vladimir Lenin, though many conspiracy theories have suspected that he is not really buried there.

Across the square you will the Kremlin, the seat of the Russian government. Originally a wooden fort built in the 14th century, it evolved over the centuries into the massive complex it is now. There is the huge Great Kremlin Palace, Terem Palace, and the Senate Building. There are several monuments, museums, and hints of Russia’s communist past with several towers still marked with the red stars. The Kremlin wall is also a must-see. In the early 20th century, Red Square was mostly a cemetery for soldiers and remains so to this day with a tradition to bury soldiers who officials next to the Kremlin wall.

Moscow’s Spiritual Side

For centuries, the separation of church and state in Russia was unheard of so religious buildings were symbols of power as well as religion. This has lead to a wealth of architecturally beautiful churches and cathedrals throughout the city. The Cathedral of Christ Our Saviour, Kazan Cathedral, and Cathedral of Annunciation that was once the private church of the Tzar family, just to name a few.

There are also several beautiful monasteries in and around Moscow. In medieval Russia, Moscow rose to power much because it was a religious center attracting many people from around Europe to live and worship there.

The Novodevichy Convent and its adjoining cemetery are also a must-see. Originally built in the 1500’s, it also served as a fortress. The cemetery has some very famous Russians buried there including Boris Yeltsin. The guide maps though are only in Russian so purchasing as many guide maps at the airport that are in English will probably serve you well during your travels.

Museums

Aside from the museums at the Kremlin the Pushkin museum is probably the city’s 2nd most visited museum. It houses a massive collection of priceless works of art. The Andrei Rublev Museum of Ancient Russian Art also has an interesting collection of very old artifacts and works of art.

Walking the Streets

Moscow is home to the most billionaires per capita leading to certain extravagances most of which include shopping. If you have the means, you will find no shortage of superb shopping opportunities. If not, a stroll down some of Moscow’s most famous streets is an afternoon well spent. Tverskaya Ulitsa has been Moscow’s main thoroughfare since the middle ages. It’s lined with inns, restaurants, and historical buildings including the prestigious National Hotel. Ulitsa Varvarka is the oldest street in Moscow and is just off Red Square as well as Nikolskaya Ulitsa and the trendy Kuznetsky Most.

Traveling with Kids

Kids will no doubt enjoy the fairy tale look of Moscow’s many palaces and churches allowing them to dream of kings and queens of the past. However there is much more to see and do with young traveler in tow. Older children might even enjoy a show at Moscow’s famous ballet or opera.

For more information on traveling to Moscow please visit http://destinationeuropeonline.com/locations/eastern-europe.php

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Christopher_Walters/1638749
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