Places to visit
The official residence of the President of the Russian Federation has been the seat of power for Russia’s rulers from Ivan Grozny, who reigned with an iron fist, to Lenin, who led the Bolsheviks to victory in the 1917 revolution, to Stalin, Kruschev, Gorbachev, Yeltsin, Putin, and Medvedev.
Among its attractions are historic palaces, stunning gold-domed cathedrals and the armory, which has opulent displays of state treasures including Faberge eggs and jewel-studded thrones.
Red Square is surrounded by beautiful buildings such as St Basil’s Cathedral, with its stunning multicoloured domes, and the historic GUM department store, an elegant 19th-century building packed with expensive designer shops.
The Moscow metro
Built as a showpiece for the Soviet system, with the first line opening in 1935, the stations are showy underground galleries with marble stonework, brass trimmings, chandeliers, and stained glass.
Some were built to themes such as Kiev station, which has frescoes of Ukrainian life and bas-reliefs with scenes of chess players and ballerinas, and Ploshchad Revolyutsii, which has 72 bronze sculptures.
State Tretyakov gallery
Moscow’s national treasury of fine art is an impressive collection of 150,000 exquisite works of painting, sculpture, and graphics, created by generations of Russian artists.
Some of the works are massive, occupying entire walls.
Walking through the gallery’s rooms and halls is like taking a journey through a Russian time portal between the 11th and early 20th century.
Bolshoi Theatre is the main theatre of opera and ballet in our country. It is a worldwide famous theatre, which was a member of the Imperial Theatres group with the Maly Theatre. Founder of the theatre is considered a count Urusov, who founded it in 1776. Grand Theatre is located on Theatre square. It is a complex of buildings that capture the imagination of its architecture.