Places to visit

Parks and green areas in Moscow

by Olga on July 17, 2015

question of the day:

Hello, Olga! We have lived in Moscow now for 1 1/2 year. We have seen Gorky Park, VDNKh park, Kolomenskoe park etc. But this weekend we would like to explore other green areas of Moscow. Do you have a recommandation for us? We like long walks, along the river or through forest (like Kolomenskoe Park).

My list of parks and green areas, that immediately come to mind:
Tsaritsyno, Novodevichy convent, Moscow university area (Sparrow hills), Boulvard ring, park Museon, country estate Arkhangelskoe (not far from Moscow, easy to get), 3 botanical gardens - of MSU on Sparrow hills (only with excursions),  of Russian Academy of Sciences, and Aptekarsky ogorod.

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Observation platforms in Moscow

by Olga on June 9, 2015

I was asked by Judith:

      Olga, I have searched online about the observation platform and Vorobyovy Gory and      I  am quite confused . Are these two the same one, the one near MSU? And may I know will there be any entry fee? Which one of two will you recommend if they are different?
Thanks a lot.
P.S. Your information provided are really really useful, especially the one about Kremlin^.^

Hi, Judith.
Yes, the observation platform near MSU and that one on Vorobyovy Gory are the same place.
http://askmoscow.com/2010/12/viewpoint-1/ Here I gave an instruction how to get there:
http://askmoscow.com/2013/02/from-the-metro-to-the-observation-platform/ There is no any entry fee! Recently there was opened a new Moscow viewing desk at the top of Central Children's store "Detsky mir" on Lubyanka square: http://opposto.livejournal.com/357751.html No entry fee as well! Thanks for your P.S. :)

 

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Moscow Kremlin ticket office

by Olga on June 7, 2015

Moscow Kremlin ticket office

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VDNKh ice rink

by Olga on January 8, 2015

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Moscow Kremlin

by Olga on June 7, 2013

The Kremlin will be closed for individual tourists from June 7 to 14.

Only organized guided groups can enter onto the grounds of the Kremlin during this period.

 

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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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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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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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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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