Moscow is the largest city not only in Russia but also in Europe. No doubt, the city is undoubtedly the most populous in Russia, but it has also large forest and park territories nevertheless. The city is situated on the Moscow River and lies on the East European Plain in central Russia. The altitude difference is 130 meters in the city.

Moscow has one of the world-deepest underground systems that stands in contrast with a wide range of city skyscrapers.

History of Moscow

The first reference to Moscow dates from 1147. This year is considered to be a date of a city foundation.No doubt, there were some settlements on the territory of Moscow much earlier. Archaeologists have found ruins of a II Millennium BC settlement. It is possible that during the next reconstructions of buildings in the center of Moscow the scientists will find other ruins of old buildings again.

They say that the boyar Stepan Kuchka owned settlements on the territory of Moscow before 1147. Then, these lands were called the Kuchkovo field, or Kuchkov. Only in the time of the Russian Prince Yury Dolgoruky this defensible territory, began to be transformed into a fortified settlement and it received its new name – Moscow.

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Moscow Kremlin Towers

The Climate in Moscow

Moscow has a continental climate. The climate in the city is not stable at present – but there is no snow all the year in Moscow. Sometimes in summer it can be over+30 C.

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The Church of Life-giving Trinity at Borisovskiye Ponds (Kashirskoye shosse, 61)

The Population of Moscow

According to Federal statistics (Mosgorstat) at the end of 2013 in Moscow there are more than 12 million people (12 076,1 thousand people). Several million people are arriving in Moscow to work too. Every day thousands of people are in Moscow on business and for travel. In addition, Moscow has a lot of legal and illegal labour migrants. In general, according to various statistics, the number of permanent and temporary residents in Moscow is 15-20 million people.

Transport in Moscow

Moscow has a wide network of public transport. You can get anywhere in the city, just buying a travel document.

In Moscow, there is also a monorail line, the Moscow Metro (underground), a huge number of trolleybuses, buses, trams, shuttle buses.

You can also take a taxi by the phone or hail a taxi just in the street.

From Moscow it is easy to reach any point of the world: in the city there are 3 international airports, 9 railway stations, 2 river stations, 7 bus stations.

Moscow Traffic Jams

Moscow is the most populous city in Russia. As a result the city has its famous traffic jams. They cause air pollution. Nowdays air pollution is a serious problem in the city.. A lot of people have to waste much time in traffic jams. As a result citizens can be late for their meetings.

However, according to some facts, the most serious traffic jam was a century ago in Moscow. On the 6th of January in 1931 urban transport in the city was paralyzed at all: trams, motor vehicles and cabs couldn’t go.

Moscow Overview

In Moscow there are many schools and libraries, theatres and concert halls, museums and exhibition centres, private collections, parks and entertainment centers, skating rinks, stadiums, fitness centers, view points, and even… the ski slopes. As a rule they are open to the public.

In reality – Moscow has absolutely everything! But no sea. But the Muscovites solved the problem some time ago: a special complex with a pool with salt water and waves was constructed in the capital city.

The City Never Sleeps

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Andreevsky Bridge over Moscow River. On the left: the Russian Academy of Sciences

Moscow is the very vivid city indeed. People always go somewhere.

Moscow never sleeps. At night You can find practically everything in Moscow – from the shops and beauty salons to dental clinics and banks.

If you want to visit Russia – come to Moscow surely!

Welcome to the capital of Russia!

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