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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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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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The Church of the Intercession of the Virgin at Fili The church of the Intercession of the Virgin at Fili, a lithograph of the early 19th century.

 

The Church of the Intercession of the Virgin at Fili is located at Novozavodskaya Street. Fili metro station is a short walk, not more than 200m. The church was built between 1689 and 1693 by a boyar Naryshkin, the uncle of Peter the Great. Actually it consists of two churches, a winter one in the basement and a summer church above it, which was never heated. The new architectural style was formed at the end of the XVII century in Moscow. It is known as the Naryshkin Baroque and is also called Moscow Baroque style.

The Church of the Intercession of the Virgin at Fili

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Domodedovo

by Olga on May 14, 2012

to the question where to buy tickets for aeroexpress at Domodedovo airport:

domodedovo aeroexpress

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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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Again airport

by Olga on February 19, 2012

I’ve got a question:

– Olga, we are flying into Moscow airport Domodedovo (DME) and flying out of it in a few weeks. I need to transfer from Lufthansa to S7 coming from Germany and flying Kyrgyzstan. These are two different tickets, so how do I transfer the luggage. Do I need to enter Russia in order to do this? Do I need a transit visa or can I make the transfer of my luggage from Lufthansa to S7 without enter Russia? Any explanation would be appreciated.

– I recommend you to check the airport info here.

The baggage is processed without your involvement if it was checked through to the final destination at the departure airport.
So, show your second ticket (to Kyrgyzstan) at the registration desk in Frankfurt!
If not, you will pick-up your luggage to go through customs control at Domodedovo.
As for visa, you do not need a transit visa since you will be arriving and leaving again within several hours and not going to leave the airport transit area.

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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.

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Polenovo

by Olga on July 14, 2011

I invite you to visit an estate and house, designed by the famous Russian painter Vasily Polenov for himself and his family and built on the bank of the Oka river 130 km south of Moscow in 1892. You will love well preserved artist’s collections, the views from the house windows and from surrounding hills.

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