Visit Moscow with RNTO – so much to see and do!

Posted on 0, by Victor Repin

Heading for Moscow but not sure where to go first? Then here are some of the ‘must-sees’ – which ones will you visit?

  • The Moscow Kremlin is a self-contained city packed full of churches, palaces and armouries, a medieval fortress that links the modern nation to the legendary past of the Russian tsars. Today, it’s an official residence of Russia’s presidents.
  • Red Square was created as a market square beside the Kremlin in the 15-16th centuries. Nowadays, it is a place for military parades and grand concerts where visitors flock in their thousands.
  • St Basil’s Cathedral is a delightful array of swirling colours and redbrick towers comprising nine individual chapels, each topped with a unique onion dome to celebrate a victorious assault on the city of Kazan.
  • Opposite St Basil’s is the State Historical Museum, which holds a rich collection that tells the history of Russia from the Palaeolithic period to the present day.

Moscow Red Square

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  • Forming part of the Great Kremlin Palace complex, the Armoury is home to Moscow’s oldest museum with its unique collection of Tsarist artefacts such as court dresses, thrones, carriages, Russian and foreign jewellery and armour.
  • Situated in the same building as the Armoury, the Diamond Fund displays a fabulous collection of Russia’s state jewels, including Catherine the Great’s stunning coronation crown, famous Faberge eggs and the Orlov Diamond.
  • The Bolshoi Theatre is home to one of the oldest, and probably the most famous, ballet companies in the world. The first Bolshoi Theatre opened in 1780 and presented masquerades, comedies and comic operas.
  • The pedestrianised Arbat Street is crammed with antique shops, boutiques, souvenir stalls, pavement cafes and restaurants – a place for artists, musicians, poets, writers and intellectuals … and plenty of tourists, too!
  • Just a few minutes’ walk from the Kremlin, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is visible from all over central Moscow and is the largest church in Russia. Originally built in the 19th century in commemoration of the Russian army’s victory over Napoleon, it was destroyed on Stalin’s personal order and rebuilt in the 1990s.
  • Erected in 1930 next to the Kremlin, the Lenin Mausoleum is home to the embalmed body of Vladimir Lenin, the Father of the Revolution.
  • Kolomenskoe is the State Historical, Architectural and Natural Landscape Museum-Reserve. It covers an area of about 255 hectares in the south of Moscow, not far from its centre. Don’t miss its beautiful landscaped garden!
  • Also called the Uspensky Cathedral, the Cathedral of the Assumption served for many centuries as Russia’s state and ritual centre where grand princes were proclaimed, tsars enthroned and emperors crowned. It is the oldest church in the Kremlin and has been the seat of the Russian Orthodox Church since 1326.
  • The Tretyakov Gallery dates back to 1856. Its collection now contains more than 100 000 Russian works, ranging from ancient icons of the 12th century to the more avant-garde paintings of the early 20th century.
  • Novodevichy Convent was founded in the early 16th century by Grand Duke Vasiliy III (the father of Ivan the Terrible) to celebrate the capture of Smolensk from the Lithuanians. Today, the convent is one of the most beautiful sights in Moscow, famous for its Smolensky Cathedral and New Cemetery, where a number of great cultural and political figures like Chekhov and Shostakovich are buried.

There are so many fascinating things to see and do in Moscow, and there’s no one better to see and do them with than RNTO. For all your travel and accommodation needs, give us a call today, and we’ll be with you every step of the way!