“Moscow was, as some said, the most beautiful mistress a man could ever want, but never cross her: like any good woman, she might just cut off your balls for the hell of it.”
― Marjorie M. Liu, Shadow Touch
Magical and enchanting with a mystical allure, Moscow is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Russia and the nucleus of its culture, polity and economy. It is also counted among the most expensive places in the world.
“Follow the Moskva down to Gorky Park” and discover the scenic city, lined with towering domes atop splendid stone cathedrals. The heart of Moscow – the Kremlin on the Red Square, has a magnificent diamond collection in its Armoury which is definitely worth seeing. The Red Square is where you will also find St Basil’s Cathedral and The State History Museum, with Lenin’s Mausoleum at the centre. The famous St. Basil’s Cathedral was commissioned by Ivan the Terrible and built on the edge of Red Square between 1555 and 1561. Legend has it that on completion of the church, the Tsar ordered the architect to be blinded to prevent him from ever creating anything to rival the magnificent cathedral’s beauty. The church was named “St. Basil’s” after the popular “holy fool” Basil the Blessed. A series of concentric circles and radial lines emanating from the Red Square make the city easily discoverable on foot.
As the centre of Russia’s cultural activity and history, a trip to Moscow is incomplete without a visit to its comprehensive museums. Tretyakov Museum is a treasure trove of Russian art and one of the best museums in the world. A fantastic collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art can be found at the Pushkin Museum. For a broad understanding of Russian history from the Stone Age to the present day, head to the State Historical Museum, housed in an enormous 19th century Revivalist building. To complete the cultural experience, catch an opera or a classical ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre.
Muscovites used to say: ‘For money, go to Zamoskvorechye, for a career, go to St. Petersburg, but for knowledge and memories, go to the Arbat.’ The Arbat is quintessential old Moscow, and more than 500 years old. The area between the Arbat and Prechistenka is a quaint neighbourhood of quiet lanes where each house transports you to old world Moscow. You can admire minimalist communist 60’s style architecture in the New Arbat.
Plan your Moscow trip now on Holidayen and say “Privyet!” to Moscow. And yes, practice drinking vodka before you get there 😉