A June 2001 trip
to Moscow by akakd
Quote: Russian Poet, Pushkin, described Moscow thus: "And now at last the goal is in sight: in the shimmer of the white walls gleaming near, in the glory of the golden domes, Moscow lies great & splendid before us! Ah, how I trembled with joy when this be-towered, shining city, bright-hued, imposing, once again, of a sudden, stood before my eyes! How often, in profoundest grief, in the night of my wandering fate, O Moscow, have I thought of you! Moscow: how violently the name plucks at any Russian heart!"
Moscow--the heart of Russia.
Though it's been said that Moscow may not be the type of city to win your heart at first sight, in time, I can see how one would become more attached to it.
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6 Varvarka Overlooking Red Square
Attraction | "GUM"
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Gosudarstvennyi Universal'nyi Magazin (GUM), (State Department Store)
Krasnaia ploshchad', 3
+7 095 929 3211; 7 0
Attraction | "Kremlin"
Allow plenty of time to explore the Kremlin. There was so much to see. I'll comment on a few of the things I remember. Probably one of the first things we came to was the Emperor Cannon ("Tsar Pushka") which is said to be the world's largest cannon. To this day, it has never been fired.
The Russian Orthodox Cathedrals are spectacular, but a bit overwhelming. Icon paintings cover EVERY INCH of the walls. The Cathedral of the Dormition was where Tsars were crowned, & contains Ivan the Terrible's 1551 throne. The Cathedral of the Annunciation was the wedding cathedral of the Tsars dating from 1490.
The Ivan the Great Bell-Tower survived the attempt by Napoleon to blow it up in 1812. The three-level inscription reads: "By the grace of the Holy Trinity & on the order of the Tsar & Grand Prince Boris Fyodorovich, autocrat of All Russia, this sacred place was completed & gilded in the second year of their reign."
As we left the Kremlin hours later, we passed the Emperor Bell ("Tsar Kolokol") said to be the world's largest bell. Cast in 1734-1735, it contains just under 80% copper. During a great fire in 1737, the bell, still in the foundry pit, had to be sprayed w/ water to prevent it melting. The difference in temperature caused an 11.5 ton piece to break off. That piece, taller than I am, sits @ the base of the bell.
While filming the bell, a heavily armed motorcade whizzed past, possibly Putin headed to his office nearby. He was preparing for a meeting w/ US President, George W. Bush.
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Entrance From Red Square
Moscow, Russia 103073
+7 095 202 4256
Attraction | "Old Arbat Street"
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As you may have seen on "Who Wants to Be a Millionnaire", Sputnik is Russian for "Traveling Companion". The base of the monument houses the Cosmonaut Museum. The avenue in front of the monument, leading to Prospekt Mira, is lined w/ sculptures to the "heroes of the cosmos".
near Metro station VDNKh, Prospekt Mira
Attraction | "Novodevichii Convent & Cemetery/Metro Stations"
Surprisingly, another favorite activity was touring the underground Metro stations known as "Underground Palaces" or better yet, "Palaces for the People". Complete w/ chandeliers, mosaics, stained glass, sculptures, etc., this Metro system is unlike any other. Certainly not the dark, dirty underground subway system you might expect to see in a large metropolitan city.
Novodevichii Convent (Novodevichii Monastyr')
Novodevichii proezd, 1
Moscow, Russia 119435
+7 095 246 8526
Attraction | "St. Basil the Blessed"
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St. Basil's Cathedral (Sobor Vasiliia Blazhennogo)
Krasnaia Ploshchad', 2
Moscow, Russia 103012
+7 095 298 3304
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