Moscow - the Capital of Russia

The beginnings

The first settlers inhabited the area around the Kremlin in the 11th century. Yuri Dolgoruki, the Prince of Susdal, is said to have founded Moscow in 1147. Ninety years later, the wooden fortress on the Moskva River was burnt to the ground for the first time by the Tartar hordes. Its citizens were forced to pay tolls to the Tartars, until Grand Duke Ivan III came to power and drove out the invaders from the east. In 1571, the Crime- an Tartars burnt the city to the ground again on one of their plundering raids. But no matter how many times Moscow has been threatened, besieged and destroyed, its inhabitants have always rebuilt their city.

Peter the Great, Napoleon, the Bolshevik

When Tsar Peter the Great moved the Russian capital to the newly founded St. Petersburg in 1712, Moscow’s importance declined. But it remained significant enough to be the main goal of Napoleon’s Russian campaign in 1812. On the night the French entered, a great fire destroyed much of the city. Later, after the Revolution, the Bolsheviks moved the capital back to Moscow, which became the focal point of a Soviet empire. In the late 20th century Moscow finally blossomed into the undisputed centre of Russia and one of the world’s largest cities.

Modern Moscow

Moscow today is the political and economic capital of Russia. With over 12 million inhabitants, it is the largest city in Europe. Moscow is the melting pot of a collapsed empire, a mix of European and Asian. Skyscrapers sprout up from the ground and the city centre has being ruthlessly renovated. But there is another Moscow, away from Sadovoye Koltso (Garden Ring) and the Kremlin. Cosy cafes, narrow alleys, hidden artists’ studios and idyllic parks are as much a part of the cityscape as the gigantic wedding- cake buildings of Stalin’s era, the expensive fashion stores and McDonalds.

There is always something happening in Moscow. The club scene has developed rapidly in the last few years, establishing Moscow as one of Europe’s party capitals. And Moscow can stand proud with other metropolises in terms of bars, pubs and chic restaurants too. Going out in Moscow is great fun.

The Kremlin

A Tsarist castle, the administrative headquarters of the Soviet Union and now the presidential residence – for centuries the Kremlin has been the symbol of Russia’s power. It was built as a fortification in the 12th century and today it is Moscow’s oldest quarter. It was completely rebuilt after its destruction in Napoleon’s 1812 Russian campaign. After the Revolution, it became the seat of the Soviet government and was closed to the public. In addition to the government buildings, the Kremlin contains palaces and cathedrals, a gigantic conference hall, the largest cannon and the heaviest bell in the world.

Red Square

It was in Red Square where executions of famous rebels like the Cossack leader, Stepan Razin, used to take place. The square separates the Kremlin from a historic merchant quarter known as Kitay-gorod (literally “Chinatown”). The name Red Square derives neither from the colour of the bricks around it nor from the link between the colour red and communism. Rather, the name came about because the Russian word красная (krasnaya) could mean either “red” or “beautiful” (the latter meaning is very old).

St. Basils

St. Basil’s Cathedral was commissioned in the 16th century by Ivan IV (also known as Ivan the Terrible) to commemorate the capture of of Kazan. The nine onion towers rising up from Red Square are often used as a backdrop for Western TV reports from Moscow. Today the cathedral is no longer in use. Today the cathedral hosts a museum.

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400 Museums
171 Theatres
198 Metro stations
50 Stadiums
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Kuskovo estate-museum

Ensemble Kuskovo, originally owned by the Sheremetev family, as a specimen of a typical 18th century Moscow region residence. The estate was designed as a site for receptions, celebration and other festivities. Magnificent architectural monuments, original interiors, a beautiful park and a unique collection of ceramics and glass will create unforgettable impressions, immersing you into the world of an old Russian estate.

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January 21, 2017
2:30 PM
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January 21, 2017
12:30 PM
Kuskovo estate-museum
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January 21, 2017
2:30 PM
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January 21, 2017
12:30 PM
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February 04, 2017
2:30 PM
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February 04, 2017
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February 11, 2017
2:30 PM
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February 11, 2017
12:30 PM
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Moscow walking tour

We invite you to a small walking tour from our school to the center of the city. During this excursion you will be shown the area near the school, and then you will walk along the main street towards the Kremlin to see the Eternal fire with it’s guards of honor, Saint Basil’s Cathedral and other legendary sights of Moscow.

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January 23, 2017
2:30 PM
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January 23, 2017
4:30 PM
Moscow walking tour
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January 23, 2017
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OSTANKINO (Ostankinskaya TVtower)

In 1967 this tower used to be the highest building in the world, but architectural progress does not stop and today Ostankinskaya TVtower with its height of 540 meters is at 4th place in this rating. Inside the building there is a telecommunication center but for the visitors there are two sightseeing platforms available at 337 and 340 meters. The enclosed platform features transparent glass floor, allowing you to literally look into the chasm below your feet. It is the highest point to look at Moscow except for airplanes.

 

 

Starts On:
January 23, 2017
6:00 PM
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January 23, 2017
7:30 PM
OSTANKINO (Ostankinskaya TVtower)
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January 23, 2017
6:00 PM
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January 23, 2017
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February 01, 2017
6:00 PM
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February 01, 2017
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February 27, 2017
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February 27, 2017
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