The city was founded in 1147. It is a city living mainly from aerospace, automotive industry and chemical equipment industry. The old part of Moscow has radial circular layout.
The historical part of the City is the Kremlin ensemble and the Red Square close to it.
The actual population of Moscow is 9million
The Metro, it was a museum in its own right. The metro is very clean, not a graffiti in sight. The Metro system has got over 120 stations and around 250Km of tracks. The first stations dates from 1935 and were dugged very deep to also act as bimb shelters. The most beautiful stations are Mayakovskaya, Ploshchad Revolyutsii, Kievskaya and Belorusskaya. The Metro is very easy to use and is the best way to get around the city.
Main attractions includes the Kremlin. The Kremlin is the apex of Russian political power and once the centre of the Orthodox church, it is not the Kremel of Moscow but also the whole country.
It is from here that the Tsars, communists dictators, and democratic presidents have done and continue to do their bets and … for Russia.
The Kremlin Walls that surrounds the Kremlin are for its defence. The height at some places ranges from no more than 5 metres quadrupling to 19 metres elsewhere. The thickness of the walls also varies from 3.5 to 6.5 metres. The Kremlin has got just over 20 towers.
Kremlin Armoury Museum , the Armoury with it’s 700 rooms, it is officially the residence of the Russian president. It also have a collection of treasures accumulated over the centuries by the Russian state and church. It’s famous collection, the Faberge Eggs, the eggs are made of precious metals or hard stones decorated with combinations of enamel and gem stones.
The Cathedral of the Dormition was completed in 1479 to be the main church of Moscow and where all the Tsars were crowned, with its five golden cupolas. Next to it was the gilded, three-domed Cathedral of the Annunciation was completed next in 1489.
The Red Square: the name derives not from the colour of the bricks around it, nor from the link between the colour red and Communism. But the name came about because the Russian word “krasnaya ” can mean either “red” or “beautiful. Lenin’s Mausoleum, can also be seen.
St Basil was established in 1561 to celebrate Ivan the Terrible taking the Tatars of Kazan
G.U.M ( Gosudarstvenny Universalny Magazin), a massive shopping centre designed for “les nouveaux Riches”, the Russian elite.
Unknown Soldier, I was lucky enough to see the changing of the Guards.
Lubyanka Square who is best known for its large yellow brick building which has been the headquarters of the KGB in its various incarnations.
Lenin’s hill, with The Moscow Olympic Stadium ( Olympic Games of 1980), and the main building of Moscow State University (Europe’s tallest building when completed) part of The Seven Sisters (called “vysotki” in Russian) are a group of seven Stalinist skyscrapers in Moscow. (other seven sisters includes Hotel Ukraina and Hotel Leningradskaya.)
Cathedral of Christ the Saviour which is the tallest Eastern Orthodox church in the world. [edit text]
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