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Transcript of Moscow
Welcome to My Hometown
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The Kremlin and
Tsaritsyno and Kolomenskoye
Stay, Eat, Buy
Pushkin Fine Art Museum
Pushkin Fine Arts Museum.
Opened to the public in 1912, this museum was primarily intended as an educational facility. It houses a lot of the world's art in the form of plaster casts. It also has works by the Old Masters and representatives of various schools of painting.
It is a huge museum, so be sure to know which section you are heading. Two buildings sit side by side - the first grandiose structure houses the old plastery cast bit, the impressionists are held in a separate wing.
Watch out for long queues at the weekends when locals pour in to admire the latest exhibitions.
For visitors anxious to uncover the famous 'Russian Soul', the Tretyakov Gallery is the place to start.
The Tretyakov gallery shows the history of Russian paintings from the 11th century to the present day.
The Gallery takes its name from its founder Pavel Tretyakov, a Moscow merchant. In the 19th century Tretyakov began to collect Russian paintings. He visited all the exhibitions and art studios and bought the best pictures.
The collection is a rich and revealing insight into the history and attitudes of the Russian people.
The legend says that Prince Yury Dolgoruky on his way from Kiev to Vladimir stopped at the trading post near the confluence of the Moscow and Yauza Rivers. Soon he took control of the site.
Moscow is first mentioned in the historic chronicles in 1147, when Yury invited his allies to a banquet: ‘Come to me, brother, please come to Moscow’.
Moscow’s strategic importance prompted Yury to construct a moat-ringed wooden palisade on the hilltop, it became the first Kremlin.
Moscow blossomed into an economic centre, attracting traders and merchans just outside the Kremlin’s walls.
Time was ruthless to Tsaritsyno. Much was lost, something - forever.
Today it has become a fashionable country estate, a favourite place for locals to enjoy picnics among the ruins. Since the 1980s the estate has been undergoing renovations and is looking wonderfully quirky - half bright new paint, half crumbling walls.
Today Kolomenskoye is a beautiful park
and a place which is liked by everyone.
Got Tsar fever? Take a Troika ride!
Kolomenskoye definitely should be visited!
How we created our Guidebook
Moscow used to look like this:
WELCOME to MOSCOW!
Take a Boat Tour!
A boat trip down the Moscow river is the best way to see the city. Boats pass by the majority of Moscow biggest landmarks .
In summer with some tickets you can make a day of it and hop on and off as you wish.
St. Basil's Cathedral
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
The obvious starting point of any sightseeing trip to Moscow is
, the heart of the city with the iconic domes of the magnificent
St. Basil's Cathedral
at its helm. After watching the guards at the
Tomb of the Unknown soldier
pass through the imposing
walls in the
and explore the Kremlin's numerous historic churches. If you are feeling flush splash out on a ticket to see the
filled with the crown jewels of the Tsars.
(lit. a bow-down hill) is, at 171.5 metres, one of the highest spots in Moscow. Poklonnaya Hill unites two great wars - the Napoleonic War and World War II. You will see the area where every street can tell you a story of heroic soldiers fighting in the war of 1812 and Poklonnaya hill is our eternal symbol of WWII.
There are many sights on Poklonnaya Hill:
Victory Park, the Arc of Triumph, the Victory Memorial, Great Patriotic War Museum, Church of St. George the Victorious, the Obelisk of Victory.
Poklonnaya Hill is not only the memorial complex, it is also a beautiful park, where citizens come to rest every day.
is an approximately one-kilometre long pedestrian street in the historic centre of Moscow. The Arbat is one of the oldest surviving streets in the Russian capital. Originally the street formed part of an important trade route and was home to a large number of craftsmen.
In the 18th century, the Arbat came to be regarded by the Russian nobility as the most prestigious place to live in Moscow. The street was almost completely destroyed by the great fire during Napoleon’s occupation of Moscow in 1812 and had to be rebuilt. In the 19th and early 20th centuries it became known as the place where petty nobility, artists, and academics lived.
Because of the many historic buildings, and the numerous artists who have lived and worked in the street, the Arbat is also an important tourist attraction.
Tsaritsyno was built by order of Catherine II as an out of town palace in 1776. Many famous people used to be there.
Kolomenskoye is one of the most ancient human settlement on the territory of modern Moscow. Archaeologists say that humans have lived there since the Stone Age.
Many kings built their residences here. Remnants of this estate's past life as a Royal Estate can be identified in the scattering of different museums and many churches.
was founded in 1864, it is one of the oldest in Russia.
has over 6000 animals representing more than 1000 species and covers an area of about 21.5 hectares. The zoo studies animal behaviour, feeding and reproduction, and breeds rare endangered species.
At this interactive museum children and adults can learn about space, telescopes, satellites, gravity and other miracles of science by getting involved in hands-on exhibits that are very well explained, fun and insightful. Once you are tired head into the huge star hall for the big show about black holes, cosmic collisions, Saturn's rings or the sun.
There are 3 huge airports in Moscow:
network functions under the ticketing system. Buy tickets from the small kiosks near the bus stations or right onboard.
It is possible to hire a
rent a car.
Moscow's metro is fast and efficient. Buying a ticket it is wise to buy a few trips in one go. Operating hours are
from 05.30 until 1.00.
To enter, swipe the metro card then go through the barriers.
Plan your trip in advance on
under the guidance of Lydia Volkova, our English teacher
has had a complete makeover in 2011: the park has gone back to being a wholesome place to picnic or jog and enjoy an ice-cream. You'll find regular open-air concerts and cinema, flea markets, ping pong tables, bikes for renting, pedalos on the ponds, picnic areas, salsa classes...
There is usually something special happening every weekend, with many events especially marketed at kids.
A Boat Tour
The Big Theatre
Olympic complex "Luzhniki"
is one of the largest multi-sport and entertainment complexes in the world. Its total seating capacity is 78,360 seats, all covered.
The most significant events - concerts, festivals and massive shows - are held in the sports complex. "Luzhniki" is the center of mass and amateur sports, one of the most popular places of leisure in the heart of Moscow.
is one of the most known and important Russian theaters. In addition, it's one of the biggest and most significant theatres in the world when it comes to opera and ballet.
Even the people who've never heard about ballet will surely know the words 'Bolshoi Theatre'. In fact, it has become the symbol of everything Russian together with caviar and Matrioshkas. However, it has much more cultural value.
Bolshoi Theatre is located in the very heart of Moscow - Teatralnaya Square.
All-Russian Exhibition Centre is the largest Exhibition centre in Moscow, about 15 million Muscovites and guests of the capital visit the Centre yearly. It has all necessary conditions for the efficient exhibitions and for the good rest.
All-Russian Exhibition Centre holds and organizes exhibitions and fairs, congress arrangements, social actions, festivals, concerts, sporting competitions and other cultural arrangements.
Nowadays Moscow looks like this:
Just have a look here:
The Old Moscow Circus on Tsvetnoy Boulevard
is one of the oldest circuses in the world . The bronze cabriolet is parked in front of the Circus, a man in a shabby jacket and funny hat stands beside it. This is the monument to Yury Nikulin, famous Russian clown, actor and director of the Circus in 1982 - 1997. Albert Salamonsky, former rider and gymnast, erected a permanent brick building for it in 1880. It soon became world famous thanks to the brilliant performances by Durovs' horses, as well as the braveness of its high-wire artists and surprising magic of the world-famous illusionists Kio. Yury Nikulin used to say "humor, laughter and a simple smile help to overcome life's difficulties". So, come here and make your life - as doctors recommend - a bit longer by laughing from the heart!
Enjoy a movie in any of the numerous cinemas in Moscow:
5 Zvezvd at Novokuznetskaya
Use this link to look for a suitable hotel and book a room in advance:
Still we cannot but mention the most famous Moscow hotels:
Hotel 'Peter I'
Hotel 'Sadovoe Ring'
While staying in Moscow it is "a must" to taste
Traditional Russian food
: bliny (pancakes), soups, solyanka (the heavy meaty 'hunters' soup), lots of pickled things, pelmeni (boiled dumplings stuffed with meat), pirogi (pies), kotlety (little meat patties usually made with minced beaf or pork)...
Here are some places:
While shopping in Moscow you should definitely browse the historic
GUM and TSUM
, you can buy them anywhere -
Arbat, Red Square...