Moscow Journals

Moscow--Russia’s Showpiece Capital

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A May 2006 trip to Moscow by Wasatch

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Moscow--Russia’s Showpiece Capital

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Overview

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Moscow covers nearly as large an area as Los Angeles, an usually spacious city for Europe. Green space is further increased, since 98% live in high-rise apartments. Moscow was founded in 852 AD and became the capital of what would become Russia in 1157. In 1712, the capital moved to St. Petersburg for 300 years.We saw Moscow on five half-day guided bus tours. I dislike bus tours, but it is probably the best way to see this fascinating but infernal city. Independent travel looked to be very difficult, unless you speak and read Russian. Baedeker’s lists 22 stared sights. We saw, at least in passing, 16 of them.Day One: We rode the Metro, stopping at four of the most notable Metr...Read More

Monument to Peter the Great (Monument Petry Velikomu)

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Attraction | "Victory Monument "

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The Victory Monument was a special place at night. Covering 22 acres, the centerpiece of the Monument are the 1,400 fountains, representing the number of days Hitler’s Army was in Russia during the Great Patriotic War. At night, the fountains are lit in red from below, symbolizing the Russian blood shed during the war.Victory monument also contains a large WWII war museum, three churches representing Russia’s three religions (Judaism, Protestantism, and Orthodoxy), a memorial obelisk 465 feet high, and a large floral clock.Victory Monument is on one of the highest hills in Moscow, where, according to historical legend, travelers leaving or returning to Moscow would stop and...Read More

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Monument to Peter the Great (Monument Petry Velikomu)
From Park Kultury walk onto Krmyskii bridge and look north
Moscow, Russia 109072
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Tretiakov Gallery (Tret'iakovskaia Galereia)

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Attraction | "Tretyakov Art Gallery"

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The Tretyakov houses, by universal acclaim, are the world’s greatest collection of Russian art. We didn’t like it. This is matter of personal taste. Old Russian art just ain’t our thing. Early on in the visit, we abandoned our guided tour, walked quickly through the museum, and then went outside to shop and explore the nearby streets.When planning your trip, visit The Tretyakov’s website and look at what you will see so you can decide in advance if you really want to do this. That said, the highlight of the Tretyakov for us was the view of the front door, the bizarre early 20th-century townhouse of the Kostroma (see journal) linen merchant, Tretyakov, and the entrance hall to the hou...Read More

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Tretiakov Gallery (Tret'iakovskaia Galereia)
Lavrushinskii pereulok, 10
Moscow, Russia 109017
+7 (495) 951 1362

Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts (Muzei Izobratelnykh Iskusstv imeni A.S. Pushkina)

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Attraction | "Pushkin Art Gallery"

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The Tretyakov and Pushkin are Moscow's leading art museums. The Pushkin holds art from outside Russia. The original collection was a bunch of replicas of famous European art made for art students to study. The Pushkin’s four rooms of Impressionist art rival the Hermitage collection. Almost all the people on the Pushkin bus went to see the museum’s noted collection of French Impressionism (one gallery had a dozen Monet's; the next room, 11 Renoir's), and some of them ran into trouble trying to find it. A reception had closed the route the guide had directed us to take, and the floor plans were only in Russian. I had Baedeker’s, with a floor plan in English, so we maneuvered directly to the Impressioni...Read More

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Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts (Muzei Izobratelnykh Iskusstv imeni A.S. Pushkina)
Ulitsa Volkhonka, 12
Moscow, Russia 121019
+7 095 203 9578

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I’m going to rate the sights we saw in Moscow, starting with the “must see” places (***) and ending with ‘see ifyou can’ (*).*** Bus tours, which take you around to the sights, but also spend a lot of time driving around the great city so thepassengers can see more than the famed places. Otherwise, ride a tram or city bus around.Red Square, which must be seen both by day and by night. If only one is possible, go at night. On your firstvisit to Red Square, you must enter the Square fro the end opposite St Basil’s Cathedral for the view of StBasil’s across the length of Red Square.The Kremlin Walls. The red brick walls of Kremlin are 1.4 miles long...Read More

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State Armory Museum

Attraction | "The State Armory Museum"

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The Armory struck us as the Tsar’s knickknack shelf, but the Tsar’s knickknacks are nothing likeyour Aunt Tillie’s. The Armory house every thing from the Russian Crown Jewels (extra fee) tothe throne of Ivan the Terrible. A visit to the Armory was one of our morning bus tours. It didnot start well. The police had closed a number of streets for some event, necessitating aimpromptu tour of the other side of the Moscow River as the driver tried to find a way to get tothe Kremlin. When we finally arrived, our entrance tickets were on another bus that took another20 minus to arrive. Then followed 65 minuet wait in line to enter the Kremlin because only oneme...Read More

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State Armory Museum
Sobornaya Ploshad
Moscow, Russia
+7 (495) 921 4720