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“Moscow, Moscow, I love you like a son,
Like a Russian – strongly, fierily, tenderly.”

Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov

Moscow Places of Interest:

Moscow has passed through glorious and turbulent times since its foundation. But one thing has never been changed: its unique place at the centre of the hearts of Russians.
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Moscow Theatres:

Moscow has always been the centre of theatrical art in Russia. Today, there are over 500 theatres in the country, and 150 of them are in Moscow. The city offers the best stages and the best performances of the country. The turn of the 20th century marked the burst of theatrical activities and searching for new styles. Today, the Russian theatre enjoys freedom of creativity and there is a range of so-called easy genre theatres in Moscow: puppet theatre, music theatre, operetta, etc. New experimental theatrical studios looking for new art fringes appear now and again.
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Moscow Museums:

When it comes to museums, Moscow undoubtedly has a lot to offer: there are over 400 private and state museums in the Russian capital, and the oldest ones date back to the middle of the 19th century. Many of them boast amazing and unique collections of art, jewellery, documents or photographs and outstanding historical artefacts Seeing museums in Moscow can be a very inexpensive and enjoyable way to see the city.
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Looking for something to do in Moscow? While St. Petersburg may claim to be the capital of Russian culture, Moscow may well claim to be its birthplace.

Moscow’s architectural character was defined largely by the Russian provinces. Being located on the crossroads of Europe and the Asiatic steppe, it had absorbed these diverse influences and created its own distinctive style. The streets of Moscow reflected a mixture of oriental customs, colours and motifs.

There are only a few cities in the world where so many writers are memorialised in statute form as in Moscow. Being the home of many legendary writers, Moscow has paid its tribute to them by immortalising them in statuary. Walking around Moscow, you are amazed by the number of statutes, busts and plaques dedicated to these famous names. It gives one a unique pleasure to walk the streets and pavements where these legendary people have left their footprints.

Whenever you choose to visit the charming capital of Russia you will always find something to do – our brief reviews could be your guide to the best events taking place in Moscow.

City rides

Our company offers you transportation to any destination in Moscow/ Saint Petersburg. We guarantee you a professional driver with extensive local knowledge who will choose the best route whether you want to attend an event or exhibition or whether you would like to pass famous landmarks.

Important:

Please note that additional parking in Moscow is not included in the fare. All fares quoted for our chauffeur service in Moscow include 1 hour of service.
The minimum rent per hour differs per vehicle class. Unlimited mileage for transfers within the city limits (MKAD) of Moscow applies.
For transfers outside of Moscow, the additional fare of 48 rub per/km applies.

Vehicle class Minimum rent
Business Minivan min. 3 hours
Minibus min. 4 hours
All others Minimum rent 2 hours

Support with getting tickets

Cultural life of Moscow city is various and rich! Operas, ballets, symphonic concerts… Do not forget to include a visit to a concert hall in your itinerary when you are planning your stay in Moscow! And do it in advance.
The most convenient way to buy a ticket for a classical Russian performance is to visit an official website and buy directly. It’s a great option if you know Russian because you can buy tickets online at almost any theatre across the country.
We will be pleased to help you get tickets for the best Russian shows. You can reserve your theatre tickets through us with a small margin 5 % of the price of the ticket. Reliable and professional service is guaranteed. You will get your tickets at the best possible rates and at the shortest time.

Moscow Places of Interest

How often in my exile grieving
In my wandering fate,
O Moscow, have I thought of you!
Moscow. How much there is in this sound
That Russian hearts are heaving
How much echoes in it!
Alexander Pushkin Eugene Onegin (1823-1831)

Archaeological evidence indicates that the territory of the future Moscow has been occupied since Neolithic epoch. The oldest settlements, dated as three thousand years before our era, were discovered within the area of the present-day city. The first reference to “the village of Moscow” was made in an old Russian manuscript of 1147. In 1156, Prince Yuri Vladimirovich Dolgoruky erected timber walls on the present-day site of the Kremlin.

Red Square

No place better represents Russia than Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad). Its name comes from the word “krasnyi”, which once meant “beautiful”, and has only come to mean “red” in contemporary Russian language. The name became official in the middle of the 17th century — previously it had been Trinity Square.
Entering the Red Square through the Resurrection Gate, you can see the Kazan Cathedral on your left. The amazing State History Museum is located in the north end of the square. The enormous, elaborate facade occupying the east side of the square is the State Department Store, better known as GUM. The mighty towers of the Kremlin dominate the west side of the square. Lenin’s Mausoleum, which is located near the centre of the Square, is still open for visitors. At the far end of Red Square, the colourful confusion of onion domes and tent peaks is Cathedral of St Basil the Blessed, the 16th-century church that is probably Moscow’s most recognizable sight.

The Kremlin: Heart of Moscow — Heart of Russia

The word “Kremlin” simply means a fortress in the Russian language. Every ancient Russian city had its own kremlin, but none has acquired the symbolic significance that Moscow’s Kremlin commands. The Moscow Kremlin has acted over the centuries as a fortress, a religious centre and the focus of Russian political power, and hence the very name has come, over time, to stand for much more than a purely geographical landmark.
Nineteen towers were added to the walls of the Kremlin in the 1490s, all of which are different in design. “Спасская башня — Saviour Tower” has become one of the best-known symbols of the Kremlin. Built in 1491 by Pietro Solari, it celebrated its 500th anniversary in the year 1991.
Of the three cathedrals grouped together in Cathedral Square inside the Kremlin, the most important is “Успенский Собор — the Cathedral of the Dormition,” where, until 1917, the highest state ceremonies took place, including coronations of the tsars.

Moscow Seven’s Sisters

The Seven Sisters, or ‘Stalin’s high-rises Russian: Stalinskiye vysotki, are among Moscow’s best examples of Stalinist architecture, a term given to Soviet architecture under the leadership of Joseph Stalin, the General Secretary of the Communist Party. Constructed between the mid-1940s and the early 1950s, these high-rises came to symbolize the new Moscow, which was perceived as a victorious city that had overcome the hardships of war and entered a peaceful new era.
The Soviet Baroque architecture that The Sisters embody is seen by some as unattractive; the buildings themselves are somewhat controversial due to the fact that some see them, with their looming size and sinister-looking spires, as grim reminders of the Stalinist repression. However, while debate still continues on whether these buildings are beauties or beasts, there is no doubt that they have become a major representation of the Soviet era and modern-day Moscow.

VDNH

One of the most visited and favorite places of rest and entertainment for guests and residents of the capital is the Park, Exhibition and Cultural Complex called VDNHa. The exhibition was established February 17, 1935 as the All-Union Agricultural Exhibition (VSKhV). In 1959 the park was renamed Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy or VDNKh. The complex consisted of themed pavilions for each of the union republics where the latter exhibited their most outstanding achievements. A year-round program of cultural and recreational activities offers leisure activities for every taste. In the winter the country’s largest skating rink offers an enormous number of events-concerts, shows, various festive openings, sporting events and activities for children. There are unforgettable children’s Christmas party- festivals in a high rope park. In summer the famous fountains perform their beauty, while concerts, festivals and exhibitions are also performed.

Kolomenskoye

Kolomenskoye is one of the most ancient places of human habitation within modern Moscow. The history of Kolomenskoye is intertwined with the history of the Russian monarchy. It was a home for Peter the Great during his early years. It was the scene of festivities marking the coronations of Catherine I, Peter II and Empresses Anna and Elizabeth. Peter II often hunted in the woods nearby, and in the late 18th century Catherine the Great used to come here with her grandchildren, including the future Emperor Alexander I.
Apart from the innumerable architectural and historical monuments, visitors also have access to a well-groomed park and a wonderful embankment perfect for walks. There are all the leisure facilities necessary to relax in summer as well as in winter: cafés and kiosks with food and souvenirs, free toilets, etc. There are information stands all over the museum reserve, providing information both in Russian and English as well as in Braille.

Moscow IBC Moscow City

You’ll have lots of chances to see glories from distant and more recent Russian history. This is where to go if you want to see the future. Located near the Third Ring Road in Presnensky District of western Moscow, the Moscow-City area is currently under development. The Moscow IBC is expected to become the first zone in Russia to combine business activity, living space and entertainment in one single development. The Moscow government first conceived the project in 1992. An estimated 250,000 – 300,000 people will be working in, living in, or visiting the complex at any given time.

Moscow Theatres

Here, in my Moscow, — cupolas shine.
Here, in my Moscow, — church bells chime.
And the tombstones, here, all stand aligned, [2]
Tsarinas sleep there, and tsars.
You wouldn’t know, but in the Kremlin, at dawn,
One breathes easier – and just here alone!
07.05.1916 Marina Tsvetaeva

Moscow has always been and still remains the city of theatres. Every evening the doors of Moscow theatres open to streams of theatre-goers. The best Moscow theatres devoted themselves todevelopment of the principals of directing and acting laid down by Stanislavsky, Meerhold, Nemerovich-Danchenko, Vachtangov and others. Even if you do not consider yourself to be passionate fan of the stage, the evening spent in the auditorium of one of the metropolitan theaters will make a lasting impression on you and charge you with powerful energy.

Bolshoi Theatre

The State Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Russia is one of Russia’s most important musical theaters, world-renowned for its ballet and opera productions. Nowadays performances and concerts are held in three venues:
the Historic Stage, the New Stage, and the Beethoven Hall. The building itself is one of Moscow’s most symbolic sites, a truly impressive example of Russian Classical architecture that faces the Kremlin walls, and some fairly tacky open air bars and restaurants, with proud indifference. The Bolshoi is the second biggest opera house in Europe (after La Scala).
Tickets to the Bolshoi Theatre cost a pretty penny today. If you don’t have enough money or time to see a performance on the Historic Stage, you should pay attention to the theatre tours. Guided tours in English and Russian are run a few times a week in the morning, starting from the central entrance. You’d better get in a queue in advance, as the demand is huge and seats are limited.

The Kremlin: Heart of Moscow — Heart of Russia

The State Academic Maly Theater of Russia is perhaps the most traditional theater; its repertoire consists of classical Russian and foreign plays since its opening. It began to be called small in comparison with the neighboring building of the Bolshoi Theater, but in terms of significance for Russian theatrical culture, the Maly Theater is not inferior to the Bolshoi. At one time, the two theaters had one troupe, and for the convenience of the actors, the buildings were connected by an underground passage. The Maly Theatre has always attracted remarkable actors, directors and artists. Dozens are winners of various state awards and titles. Many visitors come here to enjoy brilliant acting by the older generation of actors. If you want to enjoy classical Russian theatre, see plays written by Chekhov, Pushkin, Ostrovsky and Gogol the Maly is probably one of the best choices. The theatre follows Russian drama tradition and makes classical productions.

The Moscow Operetta Theatre

The history of Moscow Operetta Theatre began in 1922, but the performances in this building had started rather earlier. The building belonged to the family of Moscow merchants Solodovnikovy and considered to have one of the best concert halls in the city.
The Moscow Operetta is truly the leading musical theatre in Russia, running classical operettas by Johann Strauss, Franz Lehár, Imre Kálmán, Pál Ábrahám and Frederick Loewe, along with musicals by brilliant modern Russian composers such as Kim Breytburg, Aleksandr Zhurbin and Roman Ignatyev.
If you buy a ticket to Moscow Operetta Theatre you will not be disappointed. A comfortable hall in classical style decorated in gold and burgundy tones immediately adjusts to the artistic harmony for listening great music. Masterpieces of operetta and musical from «The Merry widow» to «Romeo and Juliet» and «Cinderella» are best perceived here, and the whole atmosphere breathes with operetta.

The Moscow International House of Music

If you are a music connoisseur, or just want to add cultural touch to your evening out or maybe introduce you kids to classical music like Russians do, you should not miss this venue. Moscow International Music House, House of Music — multi-cultural center, one of the largest in Russia and the World Philharmonic complexes, aiming at the development of contemporary performing arts.
It is a modern environment with three halls, built in 2002. Apart from its main focus, classical music (symphonic and organ, vocal and choral music), the halls are intended for opera and ballet productions as well as church, chamber, and folk music. It is also used as a venue for performances, meet-the-artist events and international forums. The organ for the International House of Music in Moscow has been dedicated in 2003. Realized as a joint project together with Johannes Klais Orgelbau, this instrument with its 84 stops on IV Manuals is the largest organ in Moscow.

Moscow Art Theatre

The history of Moscow Operetta Theatre began in 1922, but the performances in this building had started rather earlier. The building belonged to the family of Moscow merchants Solodovnikovy and considered to have one of the best concert halls in the city.
The Moscow Operetta is truly the leading musical theatre in Russia, running classical operettas by Johann Strauss, Franz Lehár, Imre Kálmán, Pál Ábrahám and Frederick Loewe, along with musicals by brilliant modern Russian composers such as Kim Breytburg, Aleksandr Zhurbin and Roman Ignatyev.
If you buy a ticket to Moscow Operetta Theatre you will not be disappointed. A comfortable hall in classical style decorated in gold and burgundy tones immediately adjusts to the artistic harmony for listening great music. Masterpieces of operetta and musical from «The Merry widow» to «Romeo and Juliet» and «Cinderella» are best perceived here, and the whole atmosphere breathes with operetta.

Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko
Moscow Music Theatre

The history of the theater’s ballet group (there is also an opera group) goes back to the late 1920’s, when Moscow acquired a dance company that called itself Art Ballet. Its production caught the ballet lovers’ attention right away. The audiences were captivated by the performers’ excellence as ballet dancers and drama actors. The new theatre followed the artistic principles of its founders, who applied the system of the Moscow Art Theatre to opera and ballet. Both Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko rejected the current conception of opera as ‘costume concert’. They wanted to bring it closer to drama and comedy, revealing the main idea of the plot through psychologically motivated action.
Whilst it is a comfortable second behind the Bolshoi in terms of its fame, popularity and the caliber of its actors, yet it compares favourably in its abundance of contemporary productions, continuous collaboration with world famous directors, and willingness to experiment. The theatre fuses traditional aspects of theatre with more daring elements.

Moscow Museums


This holy daughter of greatness,
Head of all of Russia,
Golden-domed Moscow,
Our beloved mother!
Lev Mei (1822-1862)

The Museums of Moscow and St Petersburg bring to light the rich and deep cultural history of Russia. Visitors will indulge in a journey through history, politics, art, culture, and science.

The Moscow Kremlin

The Moscow Kremlin is considered to be a symbol of the Russian statehood. It is situated on a high Borovitskiy hill above the Moskva River, so you’ll be able to see a spectacular view of the city centre.
The Moscow Kremlin State Historical and Cultural Museum and Heritage Site incorporates the Armoury Chamber and the architectural ensemble of the Cathedral Square, consisting of the Assumption, Archangel and Annunciation cathedrals, the Church of Laying Our Lady’s Holy Robe, the Patriarch’s Palace with the Twelve Apostles’ Church and the ‘Ivan the Great’ Bell Tower complex, as well as the exhibition halls in the Assumption Belfry and in the One-Pillar Chamber of the Patriarch’s Palace.
The Kremlin is the official President’s residence and remains a gorgeous political landmark.

The State Historical Museum

The unmistakable red-brick palace with its silver roof, towering opposite St. Basil’s Cathedral in Red Square, houses the State Historical Museum, one of the main sightseeing attractions of the Russian capital.
During its century-long history, the museum has collected more than 4.5 million of valuable items and over 12 million pages of documental archives. Its exhibitions range from relics of prehistoric tribes that lived in the territory of present-day Russia, through priceless artworks acquired by members of the Romanov dynasty.
It was founded on order of Alexander II (1818-1881) on February 21, 1872. Items of Crimean War became the initial part of the collection. In 1996, volume of museum collection reached 4,373,757 items. Museum became the biggest one in Russia. In 2008, staff of museum was awarded with “Symbol of Science” medal.

Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts

The Pushkin Museum was the first museum to be dedicated to the life and work of the famous Russian poet Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin. It has one of the most remarkable collections of fine arts in Russia that consists of artworks from ancient times to the present day.
It was opened in 1912. In the Main building exhibits paintings, prints and drawings, sculpture, applied art, numismatics archaeology and Tsvetaev collection of plaster cast reproductions.
Due to the active scientific, research and exhibition activities, music festivals, artistic and educational work with adults and children The Pushkin Museum is now one of the most important cultural centers of Russia, which is visited by more than one million people per year.

State Tretyakov Gallery

The State Tretyakov Gallery takes a special place among the national art museums of the world. Established with the efforts of one person, the dedicated collector Pavel Tretyakov, it possesses a unique collection of Russian art, more than 150000 masterpieces, created by famous Russian artists throughout the centuries.
The Tretyakov Gallery has three main goals:
To study, preserve, represent and popularise the art of Russia;
• To form a Russian cultural identity, drawing the attention of society to the important role of art in general and collection in particular. To continue the life-work of P.M.Tretyakov, introducing residents of the country with the national artistic heritage; • To make people’s lives better by opening wide access to masterpieces of Russian and world art.

The Moscow Planetarium

The Planetarium in Moscow first opened its doors in 1929. It was built in 1927-1928 upon the project of architect M. Barshch and M. Sinyavskiy, designers A. Govve and P. Smirnov. It was the first facility of its kind in the USSR; in the interwar period such buildings were being built in many countries of Europe and America. The ‘pioneers’ were the Germans. Special projector by famous ‘Carl Zeiss’ was specially made also for Moscow.
In 2000s the reconstruction of the Planetarium upon the project of A. Anisimov, took place. During the renovation the planetarium was rent from the ground and was raised six meters up to accommodate a number of new spaces on the lower, also a full redesign of the cover took place (the original dome was insulated with cork and sphagnum).
After a global reconstruction, it was reopened in 2011. Now it is a multifunctional complex that combines scientific and educational resources: the interactive museum «Lunarium», the Museum of Urania, the Big Star Hall and the Sky Park, family recreation center, that focuses on different age groups.

The Manezh

The Moscow Manezh has an incredibly rich history. It is located in downtown Moscow, near the Kremlin, in Manezhnaya Manezh was designed by Agustín Betancourt, however, its exterior was decorated only in the 1820s by one of the most famous architects of the time – Joseph Bovéan Italian-Russian neoclassical architect who supervised reconstruction of Moscow after the Fire of 1812. This building is among the finest architectural examples of the Russian Empire style.
The Manezh was built in 1817 in honor of the 5th anniversary of Russia’s victory in the 1812 war. Then it was called «Exerzierhaus», building, intended for military drills. The building has the unique construction – wooden structure trusses overlap the space of 44.86 square meters without any intermediate supports.
After 1917, Manezh served as a garage for government vehicles. And since 1957 it has been continuously used for exhibitions and public events. In 2004, the building was severely damaged by fire. Renovated in 2005 the Manezh doubled its area. Manezh is now one of the best exhibition spaces in the city. It incorporates the latest technology and provides all the necessary facilities for visitors to enjoy themselves.

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