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  • 1 Novodevichy Monastery Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Bolchaïa Pirogovskaïa oul.

    A veritable fortress on a bend in the Moskova River, this monastery for women is inseparable from the regent Sophia Alekseyevna, who had it rebuilt in the 1680s before living in confinement here until her death after being deposed by her half-brother..

  • 2 Novodevichy Monastery Walls and Towers Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Novodevichy passage 1

    You can't help but be charmed by the harmony and delicacy of the walls and towers of Novodevichy Monastery set amidst leafy gardens. And yet these walls are more ramparts, making the monastery a true fortress. The impression of lightness is created b..

  • 3 Kolomenskoye Estate Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Pr. Andropova

    Laid out on a bend of the River Moskova, this immense estate, formerly the site of a fabulous wooden palace, has become a popular excursion destination, and also a Museum of Russian architecture, thanks to the superb churches in its grounds and the t..

  • 4 Church of Our Lady of Kazan Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Pr. Andropova 39

    The Church of Our Lady of Kazan, topped with starry blue onion domes, dates from about 1650 and was once connected to the palace of Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich. Characteristic of the "suburban churches", it has a doorway leading to an arcade w..

  • 5 Kolomenskoye Estate Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Pr. Andropova

    This museum, housed in the two side wings of the "front" Gate, exhibits the "treasures of Kolomenskoye", a collection of liturgical objects, old icons, wooden doors, earthenware tiles, Russian crafts and, above all, a model of the..

  • The Church of the Ascension was built in around 1533 by Petrok the Younger, who designed the ramparts of Kitay-Gorod, to celebrate the birth of the future Ivan IV. Topped by a pyramid-shaped tower ( chatior), the church became a model for many sanctu..

  • 7 Museum of Moscow History Interesting

    Museums and art

    Krasnaïa pl. 1/2

    The Museum of History is a fabulous time machine taking you back through the past of the Russian empire from the Palaeolithic to the late 18C, featuring nomadic houses of the steppe peoples in the Bronze Age, precious jewels excavated from Viking tom..

  • 8 Lenin's Mausoleum Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Pl. Rouge

    Come early in the morning and be patient! Russian and foreign tourists come to Lenin's Mausoleum in droves every day, standing in front of the red granite façade to take the compulsory souvenir snapshot or waiting in a long queue. It's been that way ..

  • 9 Alexander Gardens Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    près du Kremlin

    This park, founded in 1820 at the foot of the Kremlin walls, is very popular with Muscovites, who come to cool off around its waterfalls and fountains and to watch the picturesque changing of the guard every day at noon. In addition to the flame of t..

  • 10 The Old English Court Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Varvarka 4a

    In the mid-16C Ivan the Terrible granted considerable privileges to English merchants, allowing them free trade with Russia and offering them this little palace. The Old English Court dates back to 1571, making it one of the oldest residences in Mosc..

  • 11 Cathedral of the monastery of Our Lady of the Sign Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Oulitsa Varvarka 8a

    The cathedral belongs to the monastery of Our Lady of the Sign founded in 1630 on an estate belonging to the Romanov family after it reached the throne. This church with five domes and kokoshniki (corbel arches used as a transition between the cylind..

  • 12 Zariadie Palace or Palace of the Romanov Boyars Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Oul. Varvarka 10

    Zariadie Palace belonged to the Romanov family until they reached the throne. The exhibition tells the story of Moscow in the 16C and lifts the curtain on the lifestyle of an aristocratic family over the centuries. Note in particular the dining room,..

  • 13 Church of All Saints in Kulishki Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Pl. Slavianskaïa

    In 1612, after the Polish occupation, this beautiful but slightly lopsided and totally asymmetrical church succeeded an earlier wooden sanctuary built in 1380 to celebrate Dmitry Donskoy's victory over the Tatars in Kulikovo. Remodelled several times..

  • 14 Nikolskaya Street Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Pedestrian Nikolskaya Street in Moscow's oldest neighbourhood of Kitay-Gorod is lined in restored Neo-Russian-style 19C buildings and luxury boutiques, making it very pleasant destination. The Monastery of the Holy Saviour behind the Icon Row, named ..

  • 15 Christ the Saviour Cathedral Quarter, or Khamovniki Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The peaceful and aristocratic Christ the Saviour Quarter, or Khamovniki, stands alongside the Moskova a stone's throw from the Kremlin. This is where one of Russia's most fabulous art museums is located, dedicated to Pushkin. It is also where they ch..

  • 16 House of Friendship With Peoples of Foreign Countries Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Vozdvijenka oul. 16

    The House of Friendship between Peoples, set in a garden, is the most interesting residence on Ulitsa Vozdvizhenka. Architect Viktor Mazyrin built it in the late 19C for the artist Alexander Morozov (1835-1904). It sports an astonishing Moorish-style..

  • 17 Cathedral of Christ the Saviour Interesting

    Religious buildings

    The destiny of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is right out of a Russian novel, covering some of the great events in the country's history. It was a construction project under Alexander I following the victory over Napoleon's armies, then a monum..

  • 18 Arbat Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    After the nobility, writers and artists began moving to Arbat, it became the Muscovite equivalent of Paris's St-Germain. Now both working class and aristocratic, the area has preserved something of its former charm despite some unfortunate urban plan..

  • 19 Monument to Bulat Okudjava Interesting

    Museums and art

    Surrounded (in fine weather) by sidewalk cafés, the little square at the intersection of Arbat Street and Plotnikov Pereulok is decorated with one of Moscow's most delightful monuments, dedicated to the poet, writer and singer Bulat Okudjava (1924-19..

  • 20 Melnikov House Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Krivoarbatski per. 17

    Konstantin Melnikov (1890-1974), who designed several industrial buildings in Moscow (garages in particular) had this three-storey home built for himself between 1927 and 1929. A masterpiece of Constructivist architecture, it is composed of two inter..

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