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  • 1 Red Square Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Walking on legendary Red Square is your first key step in visiting Moscow. This "Beautiful Square" - krasnaya means both "red" and "beautiful" - was built in the late 15C during the reign of Ivan III the Great. Its histo..

  • The cathedral, symbolic of traditional Russian architecture, bears the name of St Basil, a "fool" buried here, who had predicted that Ivan the Terrible would assassinate one of his sons. It was this same tsar who had the building erected be..

  • 3 The Kremlin Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The Kremlin is both the heart of Moscow and of the entire Russian Empire. From Ivan the Terrible to Stalin, its high red walls bristling with towers have thrown a shadow over the tyrants that decided the fate of millions of people, while its corridor..

  • 4 Cathedral Square Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    As its name indicates, this is the square for cathedrals. It has no less than four sanctuaries, not counting theIvan the Great bell tower, all immaculately white or magnificently decorated with gleaming golden onion domes. Muscovite princes and tsars..

  • 5 Cathedral of the Assumption Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Place des Cathédrales

    Italian Renaissance architect Aristote Fioravanti designed the Cathedral of the Assumption (1475-1479) with its dazzling harmony, 17C murals on the main facade, frescoes on a gold background and icons. The sculpted wooden throne of Monomaque evokes t..

  • 6 Cathedral of the Annunciation Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    The iconostasis of the Cathedral of the Annunciation is a true marvel. That appreciation holds true even if certain works are no longer attributed to Andrei Rublev, the great 15C Russian painter, or to the Byzantine master Theophanes the Greek. The o..

  • 7 Kremlin Armoury Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Behind the name Kremlin Armoury is in fact a fabulous Museum of Decorative Arts containing over 4 000 objects from the imperial family's treasures. The eggs made of precious stones and metals by Fabergé, a St Petersburg jeweller, are among the most u..

  • 8 Diamond Fund Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Exceptional sets of jewellery are preserved and displayed at the Diamond Fund, including the crown worn by Catherine II (known as the "great imperial crown") decorated with some 5,000 diamonds and topped by an enormous ruby, itself crowned ..

  • 9 Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts Complex Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    oul. Volkhonka

    The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts Complex, whose foreign art collections are spread over three buildings, is known the world over for its collection of late 19C French avant-garde artists. While the masterpieces by Gauguin, Cézanne or Van Gogh alone ar..

  • 10 State Tretyakov Gallery Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Lavrouchinski per. 12

    This gallery, which grew out of the enthusiasm of a single man, Pavel Mikhailovitch Tretyakov (1832-1898), takes you on a fascinating journey into the rather unknown world of Russian painting. From Nikitin to Vrubel, Kiprensky, Ivanov, Perov, Repin a..

  • 11 Tretyakov Gallery in Krymsky Val Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Krymski Val oul.

    20C Russian art is on display at the immense Tretyakov Gallery in Krymsky Val, which complements the Tretyakov Gallery. It naturally features all the great early 20C avant-garde masters such as Malevich and Larionov, as well as art works from the Sov..

  • 12 Novodevichy Monastery: Cathedral of Our Lady of Smolensk Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Bolchaïa Pirogovskaïa oul.

    You can't help but be dazzled by the interior decoration of Our Lady of Smolensk, where the greatest talents of the 17C found expression. Simon Ushakov and Feodor Zubov made the delicate icons, Klim Mikhailov and Osip Andreev created the remarkable i..

  • 13 GUM Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place Rouge

    GOUM was the state department store. Built in the late 19C, it is crisscrossed with passageways connecting its galleries and topped by glazed ceilings and is now a temple of triumphant capitalism. With the exception of the legendary gourmet delicates..

  • 14 Kremlin Fortifications Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The best way to explore the Kremlin's fortifications, triangular shaped brick ramparts dotted with towers, is to follow the itinerary that runs alongside the river as far as Red Square, and then alongside the walls that border the Alexander Gardens, ..

  • 15 Saviour Tower Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Dating from 1491 and built by Solari, this is the Kremlin's main tower, through which high dignitaries and ambassadors entered the fortress. Built with double walls, Savior Tower was enlarged in 1624 with a complex crown composed of a drum(tchetverik..

  • 16 Koutafia Tower Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    At a distance from the surrounding walls, to which it is connected by a ramp straddling the Alexander Gardens, the delightful Koutafia Tower is now the entrance for visitors to the Kremlin. Topped since 1685 by an elegant decorative crown, this 13m-h..

  • 17 Patriarchs' Palace Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Through its collections of objects, furniture and costumes, the Patriarchs' Palace attests to the life of 17C Russian dignitaries and patriarchs. It was the Patriarch Nikon who had this building erected next to the Church of the Twelve Apostles betwe..

  • 18 Church of the Deposition of the Robe Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Pl. des Cathédrales

    The Deposition of the Robe, an Orthodox feast day on 15 July celebrating the transfer of the Virgin's robe from Palestine to Constantinople, lent its name to this private chapel of the patriarchs. In the exterior gallery, note the icons in bas-relief..

  • 19 Ivan the Great Bell Tower Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    The Ivan the Great Bell Tower, built between 1505 and 1508 by Italian Bono Friazine, is white and topped by a gilded onion dome. Tsar Boris Godunov had it raised a century later, and since then it has stood at a height of 81m, making it the highest c..

  • 20 Cathedral of the Archangel Michael Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Place des Cathédrales

    The great princes of Vladimir and Moscow were placed under the protection of St. Michael. The cathedral, a royal necropolis built between 1505 and 1508, thus bears the name of the archangel. From Ivan Kalita buried here in 1340 to Ivan V, who died in..

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