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  • 1 Palace of Facets Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The sumptuous Palace of Facets, built between 1487 and 1491 by Marco Friazine and Pietro Antonio Solari, is not open to the public (what a pity!). Its ceremonial hall occupying the entire first floor was used as a throne room for the tsars residing i..

  • 2 Kitay-Gorod Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Kitay-Gorod, an area formerly devoted to teaching and trade, then to business, is Moscow's oldest quarter. Once fortified, it has preserved some if not all of its past appearance, and its little streets lined with renovated old houses only add to its..

  • 3 Varvarka Street Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The massive and now ephemeral presence of the hotel never succeeded in dissipating the charming atmosphere on this street lined by the former Merchants' Court and numerous churches and palaces. Known since the 12C, Ulitsa Varvarka attracted silk merc..

  • 4 Church of the Trinity in Nikitniki Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Nikitnikov per. 3

    Although a bit squashed by all the post-war buildings around it, the Church of the Trinity in Nikitniki, built in the first half of the 17C, is a little gem that is all refinement and curves. Its typically Muscovite architecture is strikingly polychr..

  • 5 Museums of Fine Arts Pushkin Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Oul. Volkhonka 12

    The Pushkin Museum of Fine Art, today relieved of its modern art collections, is nonetheless fully worthy of a visit. In the Hellenistic and Coptic rooms, the Fayum portraits (1C BC) are striking for the depth of the faces, painted by Greek artists t..

  • Since 2005 works donated to the Pushkin Museum throughout its history have been exhibited separately in a patio lit up by well of light. Pause in front of the gift by artist Leonid Pasternak (1862-1945), father of the author of Doctor Zhivago, Alexa..

  • 7 Arbat Street Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    This long street lined with souvenir shops, cafés, restaurants and theatres is the main thoroughfare of the district whose traditions it attempts to uphold. Jugglers, fortune tellers and souvenir pedlars vie for pride of place along Arbat Street, the..

  • 8 Prechistenka Street Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    At N° 1 Prechistenka Street note the white palace of Prechistenka, typical of late 17C Moscow, although currently sadly dilapidated, and Famitsyne Palace at N° 3. Both buildings are a reminder that this road laid out in the 16C between the "whit..

  • 9 Church of St. Nicholas of the Weavers Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Komsomolski pr.

    Set in a delightful garden, this is one of the loveliest churches in Moscow, characteristic of the Naryshkin Baroque style. Built in 1682 by the weavers' guild, the Church of St. Nicholas of the Weavers beguiles you with its exuberant gilded domes hi..

  • 10 Leo Tolstoy Estate-Museum in Khamovniki Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    L. N. Tolstovo Khamovniki 23

    Follow in the footsteps of Leo Tolstoy - but wear felt soles to protect the wooden floors in this house where the master of the Russian novel lived from 1882 to 1901. Familiar objects are venerated here - from his desk to his bicycle - along with the..

  • 11 Chaliapin Museum-House Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Bd Novinski 25

    Feodor Chaliapin moved to this early 19C house with a pleasant garden in 1910. Posters, photographs and portraits, stage costumes and handwritten letters, as well as a recording played in the music room, evoke the artist's everyday life (a venerable ..

  • 12 M. Gorki Apartment-Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Oul. Spiridonovka 6/2

    Fyodor Schechtel, leader of the Muscovite Art Nouveau movement, was the architect of this townhouse built between 1903 and 1905. It illustrated the full range of the style's vocabulary down to the smallest details, including stained glass, wrought ir..

  • 13 Metropol Hotel Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Teatralny Pr. 2

    You've booked a table at the Metropol. Now you can enjoy the evening admiring its palatial decor, mythological frescoes and glass ceiling, and follow in the footsteps of famous guests like George Bernard Shaw and Berthold Brecht. The dazzling facade ..

  • 14 Bolshoi Theatre Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Teatralnaïa pl.

    Much more than a theatre, the Bolshoi, devoted to ballet and opera, is emblematic of Moscow. Founded in 1776 by Piotr Ouroussov and Michael Maddox, the company that was established here recognized only one rival, that of the Mariinsky of St Petersbur..

  • 15 High Monastery of St. Peter Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    You can relax after a shopping spree at this place at the end of Petrovka Street. Three sanctuaries in different styles and a building for the monks make up this colourful complex dominated by red and white. In addition to the Church of St-Sergei Rad..

  • 16 Church of the Nativity of Our Lady of Putinky Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Malaïa Dmitrovka oul.

    The immaculate white walls and blue domes of this delightful church date from 1652; it was funded by local merchants with help from Tsar Alexeï Mikhaïlovitch. Note the delicate stone filigree of the kokoshniki in brackets, whose ingenuous beauty embo..

  • 17 Vladimir Mayakovsky Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Miasnitskaïa oul. 3/6

    What finer tribute could be given to the poet of the revolution than creating a museum about him? Designed by Taras Poliakov in 1994 and housed in thekommounalka (communal apartment) where Vladimir Mayakovsky lived his last years and committed suicid..

  • 18 Andronikov Monastery Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    The Cathedral of the Saviour, which you can see upon entering the holy gate of Andronikov Monastery, is the oldest stone building in the capital, built between 1410 and 1426. Like many Russian churches, it is decorated with elegant kokoshniki. Within..

  • The museum was named after Andrei Rublev, a monk, icon and fresco painter active in the 14C, probably due to the fact that he ended his days at Andronikov Monastery. But the rich collection of icons assembled here contains no works by Rublev (mainly ..

  • 20 Church of the Resurrection of the Coopers Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Bolchaïa Ordynka oul.

    With its five-domed tower, the Church of the Resurrection of the Coopers (1695), standing in a derelict garden, is one of the most beautiful examples of the Naryshkin Baroque style. Note the décor of white stone pediments in place of kokoshniki, the ..

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