Kremlin helicopter landing pad

by Olga on May 19, 2013

 Kremlin helicopter landing pad

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Balmont Apartments Mayakovskaya

by Olga on May 16, 2013

View from Balmont apartments Mayakovskaya (Oruzheyny pereulok, 5)

Garden Ring

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Faberge Easter egg, 1891

by Olga on May 5, 2013

The egg “Memory of Azov” is the only one in the collection of the Moscow Kremlin Museums, commissioned by Emperor Alexander III. It was presented to his wife, Maria Fyodorovna, on Easter in 1891 and dedicated to the journey of Tsarevich Nicholas and his brother George to the East aboard the cruiser “Memory of Azov” (Pamiat Azova). The itinerary included Greece, Egypt, India, China, and Japan. The Easter egg is made of heliotrope (a kind of jasper) and decorated with gold and diamonds in the rococo style. The surprise within is a miniature gold and platinum replica of the Imperial cruiser, fixed on a piece of aquamarine representing the water.

Faberge "Memory of Azov"

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Maxim Vorobiev «View of Manege, Kutafya tower and St. Nicholas church in Sapozhki in Moscow», 1817.
M.N.Vorobiev1817 View of Manege, Kutafya tower, and the church of St. Nickolas in Moscow

Most tourists visiting the Kremlin enter it trough the Trinity (Troitskaya) tower. This is the tower with a bridge and outer barbican, known as Kutafya tower (a white one with a “crown” on its top). Left of it the watercolor by M.Vorobiev shows us just recently completed Manege building (1817). For its long history it was used for riding horses, as a government garage, and the main state exhibition hall. The church of St. Nicholas (1648) was demolished in 1838. A modern building behind the Kremlin wall, which obstructed the view of the Kremlin ensemble, was erected in 1961, under Nikita Khruschev, for Communist Party congresses.

The square in 2013.
10 years ago the monument to Alexander II flanked by two lions (standing today beside the cathedral of Christ the Savior) was planned to put up here. The idea did not come true.

Manege, Kutafya tower, Moscow

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Arbatskaya metro station

by Olga on March 10, 2013

In my opinion, one of the most beautiful metro stations in Moscow is Arbatskaya (dark blue line). Completed in 1953, the year of Stalin’s death, it was intended to be used as a bomb shelter, if necessary. Look at that bomb shelter! The long 250 meter platform is also very deep ­- 41 meters underground. The station represents an example of Stalinist baroque style, its opera clothes include white arched ceilings, bronze chandeliers, ceramic bouquets of flowers, red marble decorations, and glazed tiles. Arbatskaya station can boast a unique design. It was not yet time for austerity and criticism of luxury in Soviet architecture. Up to 1955 metro stations were built on the individual projects. They looked like palaces. Later, between 1955 and 1970 mostly functional aspects prevailed.

Moscow metro station Arbatskaya

Before 1955 in one of the escalator vestibules one could see a mosaic portrait of Stalin (sculptor G. Opryshko).

Stalin, Moscow metro station Arbatskaya

The same place today:

 Moscow metro station Arbatskaya

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From the Metro to the observation platform

by Olga on February 13, 2013

I’ve got a question:

Olga, can you tell me how to walk from the Metro station to the observation platform?

It’s my pleasure to answer:

1. I recommend to leave subway station “Universitet” by escalator, which is close to the last carriage if you come from the city center.
2. Outside look around. You will find at some distance a spire of the main MSU building. It will help you to orient yourself.
3. Cross the road and go to the left along Lomonosovsky prospect as if to the main building (you can see the spire).
4. Turn right at the first crossing. Very soon the main building will be on your left, go forward, pass the building and  turn left.
5. Now you are at the opposite side of the main MSU building. Turn right and keep going in this direction up to the observation platform. If you pass the fountain (does not work in winter :)), you are on the right way.

MSU observation platform

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Soviet time housing construction

by Olga on February 10, 2013

Excursion provided by Denis Romodin

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Travellers with backpacks

by Olga on February 9, 2013

I’ve  got a question:

I am planning a trip to Moscow, for my wife and I, soon. We want to visit  Kremlin in the morning and then go to Red Square for the afternoon and evening.  We each carry a small backpack with us.
Will we be required to leave them before entering the Kremlin?
If so, can I bring the backpacks to Red Squre after my visit to the Kremlin?
Is there direct access to Red Square from the Kremlin grounds?

– You are right, to visit the Kremlin you need to leave your backpacks at a checkroom. Ask where buying tickets. As for Red square, you can take them with you.
– There is no entrance to Red square from the Kremlin. Go along the Kremlin wall and make a turn to the right when you leave the Alexander garden.

Best wishes and have a nice trip!

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Disappeared mausoleum

by Olga on February 3, 2013

Today in Moscow instead of Lenin mausoleum on Red square you can witness a huge white hemisphere tent. The mausoleum is closed until the end of April for renovation work. Moscow officials say Lenin’s body remains inside.

Lenin Mausoleum

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First capsule hotel in Moscow

by Olga on January 29, 2013

First Moscow Sleepbox Hotel is located on 1st Tverskaya-Yamskaya St opposite Marriott Hotel and in the close vicinity of Belirussky railway station. The place was chosen not by chance: the terminal is, in turn, connected by Aeroexpress to the airport Sheremetyevo.
Good idea, if to change the price list.

Sleepbox Hotel

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