If You Have Just a Few Hours in Moscow
If you have very little time in Moscow – you should visit Red Square for sure. There, you can admire the view of the Moscow Kremlin, look at the Lenin Mausoleum (it is open to the public), Saint Basil’s Cathedral (it is open to the public), the monument to Minin and Pozharsky, or just walk about in the city square.
You can visit the State Historical Museum (russian SHM), located near the Resurrection gate, the Kazan Cathedral, the Lobnoe Mesto. The ensemble of the main square also includes the State Department store (russian GUM).
If You Stay in Moscow Just for One Day
If you stay in Moscow just for one day – you have a possibility to buy tickets to the Moscow Kremlin. In the Kremlin, you should visit the Kremlin Armory the Diamond Fund (it is a fantastic collection of gems), the Ivan the Great Bell Tower (it is the tallest of the towers in the Moscow Kremlin). In the Great Bell Tower very many interesting exhibitions take place there as a rule. You can visit numerous churches too. E.g. the Archangel’s Cathedral, the Assumption Cathedral and the Annunciation Cathedral. The Tsar Bell and the Tsar Cannon are also worth seeing.
In the evening, you should go to Red Square again to see the square in the light of evening street lamps.
The Red Square in the Evening Light
If You Stay in Moscow for Two-Three Days
At first, visit the Moscow Kremlin and Red Square.
Then, you could visit the Novodevichy Convent. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Novodevichy Convent
The Novodevichy Convent – built as a fortress – is located on the Bank of the Moscow river. On the opposite bank you are able to see the skyscrapers of Moscow city. The convent was founded in 1524 by Grand Prince Vasily III in commemoration of the conquest of Smolensk in 1514.
The convent has its special enigmatic aura. There you can see the famous Octagonal bell-tower (1689–90), designed in the Muscovite Baroque style and the fortress walls with Gothic towers.
You can go around the monastery pond to enjoy the views of the monastery.
Location: the Convent is located not far from the metro station “Sportivnaya”.
You can also go for a walk to Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve in Moscow. It is a former royal estate. Church of the Ascension in Kolomenskoe is a UNESCO World Heritage site. This church is considered to be the first stone pyramidal broach Church built in Russia.
The Church is open to the public.
Location: Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve is near the metro station “Kolomenskoe”.
Moscow Places Of Interest For Art And Sculpture Lovers
The State Tretyakov Gallery
The best place for art lovers is the State Tretyakov Gallery (Russian: Gosudarstvennaya Tretyâkovskaya Galereya) in Moscow (metro station “Tretyakovskaya”). This famous art gallery was founded in 1856. The collection contains more than 130,000 exhibits: E.g. about 60 thousand Russian paintings, graphics and sculpture from the XI century to nowdays. Visit the Art Gallery for sure! – Muscovites like this famous Art gallery very much!
You will enjoy it no doubt!
The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts
The Museum has the largest collection of European art in Moscow.
The Pushkin Museum has different collections:
Fine Art Collection
In the museum there are paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, van Dyck, Renoir, van Gogh, Gauguin, Monet, Degas, Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso, Kandinsky, Chagall and many other masters.
Location: the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts is located near the metro station “Kropotkinskaya” in Volkhonka street, just opposite the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.
It is open to the public.
The State Museum of Oriental Art
Now the Museum has its collection (over 147 thousand exhibits from the 1st century AD through to the beginning of the 20th century) of painting, drawing, sculpture, decorative and applied art, as well as architectural finds made during scientific expedition to North Caucasus, Middle Asia, Chukot Peninsula and other regions of Russia and other countries.
Location: the Museum is located on Nikitsky Boulevard, near the Arbat (metro station “Arbatskaya”).
It is open to the public.
Moscow Sightseeing: Places of Interest for Opera and Ballet Lovers
The Bolshoi Theatre is worth visiting surely!
The Bolshoi Theatre (Russian: Bol’shoy Teatr) is a historic theatre in the capital (it is a former Imperial theatre). The theatre is very close to the Kremlin (Teatralnaya Square 1), near the metro station “Teatralnaya”.
From July 2005 to October 2011 the theatre was closed for restoration. And now you can see the Bolshoi Theatre after the renovation and enjoy the performance!
Moscow Places of Interest for Walk Lovers
You could truck through the streets of the city – Apart from Red Square there is Kitay-gorod. It is a historical area of Moscow.
Kitay-gorod has three main streets—Varvarka, Ilyinka, and Nikolskaya. These streets are lined with banks, foreign embassies, shops, and storehouses.
There you can see one of two remaining parts of the walls built from 1536 to 1539.
In Kitay-gorod there are churches, many of them were visited by the Russian tsars and emperors, as well as other historical buildings.
You could also truck through Nikolskaya street (it is a former shopping street). The street will lead you to Nikolskaya Tower of the Moscow Kremlin. On the way to the Kremlin you are able to see The Moscow Printing House (Moskovskīĭ pechatnyĭ dvor) which was founded in 1553 by the Russian Tsar Ivan IV.
Moscow Sightseeing: Places of Interest for Military History Fans
The Museum of the Armed Forces is one of the most significant museums in the world. The Museum presents military exhibits of the Russian armed forces from the very beginning to nowdays. The Museum collection includes more than 800 thousand items, including weapons, equipment (from ancient guns to up-to-date ballistic missiles), equipment, banners, awards, documents relating to the Russian army. Among the exhibits there are also artifacts.
Moscow Places of Interest for Lovers of Animals
You have a possibility to visit one of the oldest zoos in Europe – the Moscow zoo.
Visit the Moscow State Circus “Bolshoi Circus” (the new circus with trapeze and acrobatics), or the Old Moscow Circus on Tsvetnoy Boulevard.
Of course, our list of Moscow attractions is not full. Just trust – it is very difficult to write about everything.
However, we do hope that with this list it will be much easier for you to plan your free time in the capital of Russia!
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