Things to do

The exhibition of Konstantin Korovin (1861-1939), Russian Impressionist painter, dedicated to his 150th birth anniversary is open till August, 12 at the Tretyakov Gallery on Krymsky Val, 10. The last exhibition like this took place in Moscow in 1922.

Konstantin Korovin Gurzuf 1914

Konstantin Korovin. Gurzuf, 1914

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7 tips for visitors to the Kremlin

by Olga on April 7, 2012

Independent travelers sometimes complain that it is difficult to find the entrance to the Kremlin museums. It’s quite easy.

Kutafya tower, KremlinThe main entrance is through the Kutafya tower.

1. First of all, please, do not try to enter the Kremlin from Red square. It is useless and even unsafe if you insist.

2. Look at the map. There are two entrances for us (shown by red arrows), both are located on the side of Alexandrovsky gardens (Alexandrovsky Sad in Russian). The main one is through the Kutafya tower (1). To visit the Armoury chamber and the Diamond Fund go to the end of the Gardens along the Kremlin wall to the Borovitskaya Tower (2).

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Honey fair in Manezh

by Olga on March 11, 2012

Honey fair in Manezh will be closed on March 14th.
This time most of all I liked linden honey of the Matvejev family.

Look at the photo. Yes, this is their traveling apiary with a lot of beehives.

Honey fair in Manezh

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Caravaggio in Moscow

by Olga on January 31, 2012

The Caravaggio exhibition at the Pushkin Fine Arts Museum runs until February 19, 2012.
If you want to escape long queueing and freezing come at 10am.
Caravaggio The Adoration of the Shepherds 1609

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Architect of Power

by Olga on January 18, 2012

An exhibition dedicated to the 120th anniversary of one of the most famous Soviet architects Boris Iofan at the Schusev State Museum of Architecture, Vozdvizhenka St., 5 (M. Biblioteka imeni Lenina, Alexandrovsky sad, Arbatskaya) will be opened until February 26, 2012.
Boris Iofan is mainly known as an author of the “House on the Embankment” and the Soviet Pavilion with a sculpture of the “Worker and Collective Farm Girl” by V. Mukhina created for the World’s Fair of 1937.  Although never realized, the ambitious Palace of Soviets,  became the project of his life.  For me, the initial project of Moscow State University and those interior designs for the Palace of Soviets halls looking like Pantheon or a Christian church proved to be particularly interesting.

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Ice skating in Gorky Park

by Olga on January 3, 2012

Few activities are as magical as ice skating in winter holiday season.
Ice skating rink in Gorky Park (9 Krymskiy Val St., metro st. Oktyabrskaya) has become popular again.
Be ready to see a long line to get in when you come at 5pm.

Opening times: 10am-3pm, 5pm-11pm
Price:
Adults:
Weekdays 10am – 3pm 150 rub
Weekdays 5pm – 11pm 300 rub
Weekends and Holidays 10am – 3pm 300 rub
Weekends and Holidays 5pm – 11pm 400 rub
Children:
under 7 – free, 7-12 – 100 rub

Skate hire deposit – 1500 rub

Gorky park

Gorky park

Gorky park

Gorky park

Gorky park

Gorky park

E_Evzerikhin_1938

Gorky park. Photo by E.Evzerikhin. 1938

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Good ice skating rink in Moscow

by Olga on November 25, 2011

– Olga, I am visiting Moscow in December and would like to go ice-skating in the city outdoors. Can you recommend a good ice skating rink to go to?

– My absolutely favorite place for winter outdoor skating in Moscow is certainly the ice skating rink on Red Square (the GUM-Katok), offering one-of-a-kind views and good ice every session.

info about Red Square ice skating rink on AskMoscow

photos of Red Square ice skating rink

It seems this year the ice skating rink on Red Square may have a worthy competitor. Gorky Park (9 Krymskiy Val St., metro st. Oktyabrskaya) was always popular for its walkways and paths iced over for skating but frankly speaking the quality of ice has been quite bad there in the last years. Hope everything will be much better now. They started a reconstruction program in the park recently and principally changed its priorities.

the-village.ru about Gorky park ice skating rink

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Urban heritage

by Olga on September 23, 2011

Interesting tour (in Russian)

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Sandunovskie baths

by Olga on August 20, 2011

One of Moscow’s most famous baths is known as Sanduny or Sandunovskie bani.

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I was asked how to get to the catholic church of the Immaculate Conception in Moscow.

It is located on Malaya Gruzinskaya, 27.

Catholic church of the Immaculate Conception in Moscow, map Read more

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