Moscow

The capital of Russia

Towers in Moscow, Spasskaya in the middle and on the left St Basil Church
Towers in Moscow, Spasskaya in the middle and on the left St Basil Church
The wall of Kremlin and yellow administrative building on the left
The wall of Kremlin and yellow administrative building on the left

Moscow has grown from Middle-Ages around Kremlin and it has a round layout. Circular streets, boulevards circling the center.

The Poles, the French and the Germans and their armies have threatened the gates of Moscow and destroyed the city, but still it has survived the wars and fires.

A lot of the old city was lost at Stalin’s time

There was a need to spread the streets and increase the lanes to avoid traffic jams. Some of the old houses were moved in meters, but kept upright

Sparrow-gray misty Moscow, gothic tower of university in distan
Sparrow-gray misty Moscow, gothic tower of university in distance

The Stalinist neo-Gothic buildings are still upright in the city: for example, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the University building on the Sparrow Hills, from which the city can be admired from a bird’s eye view. The Kremlin and the Red Square are the core of old Moscow, which is why it is worth seeing.

 Moscow renovated

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the old churches were restored and brought to their former lives. They are original in appearance, though they lack the time patina

Tverskaya, one of the oldest streets in Moscow
Tverskaya, one of the oldest streets in Moscow

This metropolis today is a Disneyland-like new shopping center. Near the Red Square is Okhtony Ryad, modern American style shopping center, and the giant Peter the Great statue looks at Moscow near the New Tretyakov Gallery.

Moscow has the largest McDonalds restaurant in Europe close to Pushkin Square and the statue of the great Russian poet. There is also a City section on the side of the old Moscow, high skyscrapers and commercial apartments with 200 – 300 meter´s high steel and glass towers competing with their international models.

Statue of Peter the Great. by Moscow-river
Statue of Peter the Great. by Moscow-river
Luxury inside GUM. real old shopping centrum near Red Square
Luxury inside GUM. real old shopping centrum near Red Square

The big streets of the city have been taken over by cars and it is advisable to cross them through underpass tunnels. The old Arbat, in turn, is a lively pedestrian street with old buildings, restaurants and shops.

Subway stations are one of the city’s top attractions – they attracted admiration for their modernity in Europe, as the Mayakovskaya station was awarded the Grand Prix at the 1934 World Expo.

The English Club along Tverskaya. Now it is a museum of contemporary Russian history
The English Club along Tverskaya. Now it is a museum of contemporary Russian history
Statue of Horses in front of Manege-hall, and old riding-school.
Statue of Horses in front of Manege-hall, and old riding-school.
Traffic-jam in Moscow