3-day trip to the Russian Federation – Moscow

Visiting the White House, Novodevichy Convent and Cemetery, State University, Sparrow Hill, Cathedral of Christ the Saviour (or Christ the Redeemer ), Ulitsa Arbat, Manege Square, Kremlin, Red Square, Cathedral St. Basil, GUM Store, Kazan Cathedral, Historical Museum of Moscow Metro, Pushkin Museum, Tretyakov Gallery, Kolomenskoye.

White House, Hotel Radisson (ex Hotel Ukraina), Square of Europe and Pectopah restaurant

We started the visit of Moscow going to the new Business Center characterized by numerous skyscrapers (still under construction ) and then we saw the White House, once the seat of Parliament, made famous in the world when Boris Yeltsin in 1991 attempted the coup d’etat against the president in office, Mikhail Gorbachev. Opposite, on the bank of the Moskva River, the famous Hotel Radisson which was previously called Hotel Ukraina. With its imposing size and its “Gothic Stalinist tower ,the hotel features more than 500 rooms as well as numerous apartments .

White House

White House

Moscow

Then we visited the Square of Europe on which stands, in addition to Kievsky rail and metro station, also the European Mall.
We stopped at the traditional Pectopah Restaurant and in the photo gallery I want to show its characteristic inside.

Pectopahb Restaurant

Pectopahb Restaurant

Moscow

Novodevicij Convent

Nearby, on the water of a beautiful lake, it is mirrored the Novodevichy Convent. It is surrounded by high walls with turrets . Inside there is an important Belltower separate from the Cathedral of the Virgin of Smolensk. Within the Church of the Assumption there is an exhibition of religious works.

Monast Novodevicy

Monast Novodevicy

Moscow

Novodevichy Cemetery

In the nearby Novodevichy Cemetery there are the graves of the most famous Soviet personalities such as Boris Yeltsin at Raisa Gorbachev.

 Novodevichy Cemetery

Novodevichy Cemetery

Moscow

State University, Sparrow Hill and Luzhniki

The Moscow State University has a very scenographical impact thanks to the large sheet of water where this monumental building is reflected. On the top of its spire, a star of enormous size is placed.
In front of the University, there is an observation platform (Sparrow Hills) which offers the best panoramic views of the city of Moscow. Right below there is the Luzhniki Stadium, a big sports stadium built for the 1980 Olympics.

State University

State University

Moscow

Cathedral of Christ the Saviour (or Redeemer)

Back in the city center, on the banks of the Moskva River, we visited the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour (also known by the name of Christ the Redeemer) . The existing cathedral is a copy of the original one demolished by Stalin in 1931. The reconstruction was made only in two years and the cathedral was inaugurated in 1997 for the 850th anniversary of Moscow.

Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

Moscow

I want to draw your attention to a picture with a photo of Alberto Sordi in a scene from the film “An American in Rome”. This giant poster was used to advertise a restaurant.

Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

Moscow

Ulitsa Arbat, Vakhatangonva theatre, Church of the Saviour of the sands (Spasopeskovskij Pereulok) and Melnikov house

Ulitsa Arbat is the name of the most famous pedestrian street in Moscow. In it we found numerous street jugglers and musicians, the beautiful Vakhatangonva Theatre, the mystic Church of the Saviour of the sands ( Spasopeskovskij Pereulok ), the curious Melnikov House and the beautiful statue of the singer Bulat Okudzhava.

Ulitsa Arbat

Ulitsa Arbat

Moscow

A special mention for the Wall of Peace characterized by various tiles, each one hand-painted , all of them inspired by the same theme: the friendship among peoples.

Kremlin

I try to show the magnitude of the Kremlin with a picture which, being the landscape too wide, is not linear.
We entered through the Borovitskaya Tower, on its left there is, with its impressive beauty, the Palace of the State within which we visited the Armoury which exhibits the treasures of the Tsars saved from the 1737 fire.

Kremlin

Kremlin

Moscow

Church of the Deposition of the Virgin’s Robe, Tsar Ivan the Great’s Bell Tower, Cathedral of the Annunciation and Cathedral of the Archangel

With subsequent photographic shots I show the domes of the Church of the Deposition of the Virgin’s Robe and introduce the interior of the Kremlin.

Church of the Deposition of the Virgin’s Robe

Church of the Deposition of the Virgin’s Robe

Moscow

The Tsar Ivan the Great Bell Tower dates back to 1500 and was the tallest building in the city whereas the Tsar Bell is the largest bell in the world. The Cathedral of the Annunciation, the only building of the Kremlin complex designed by Russian architects, dates back to 1500 and was originally the personal chapel for the Tsars.

The Cathedral of the Archangel Michael, the last building made inside the Kremlin , was designed by Alvise Novi , a Venetian architect .

Cathedral of the Archangel

Cathedral of the Archangel

Moscow

Cathedral of the Assumption and Tower of the Trinity

The Cathedral of the Assumption, the main church in Moscow, was designed by Aristotele Fioravanti, an Italian architect. The interior is rich in important frescoes.
The Tower of the Trinity is the most important of the Kremlin and it was through its door that patriarchs and tsarinas entered the Kremlin.

Cathedral of the Assumption

Cathedral of the Assumption

Moscow

Manege Square, Red Square and Lenin’s Mausoleum

Manege Square, once an ancient market of game and poultry, is filled with fountains and monuments that characterize it. Nearby there is the largest shopping center (the GUM) in Moscow.
The historic Red Square, usually imagined immense for the grand military parades, in reality has a normal size. It is characterized, in particular, by the Lenin’s Mausoleum where, at its main entrance, you can find numerous visitors lined up waiting to visit Lenin’s embalmed body.

Red Square

Red Square

Moscow

GUM department store, Kazan Cathedral and Historical Museum of Moscow

I imagined the GUM as a department store of minor importance. It was just an idea linked to old information, never updated, since today it is a modern and beautiful complex full of cafes, restaurants and shops of leading internationally known companies.

GUM Department store

GUM Department store

Moscow

In the north side of the Red Square, we visited the Kazan Cathedral, copy of the original of 1637. The church was in fact demolished in 1936 and was rebuilt in 1993. The icon of the Virgin is a copy of the original which had been stolen in 1906.
Besides the red building in Moscow baroque style houses the State Historical Museum.

Historical Museum

Historical Museum

Moscow

St. Basil’s Cathedral

The chromaticity of St. Basil’s Cathedral domes is so beautiful to touch everybody. Legend held that its architect was blinded so that he could not re-create anything better. Do not miss a visit to the interior galleries richly painted and decorated with floral tiles.

St. Basil’s Cathedral 

St. Basil’s Cathedral 

Moscow

Arbatskaja station, Teatralnaja station and Majakovskaja station

The Moscow Metro is world famous because many of its stations are real works of art. Each visited station has got a theme: singers in traditional costumes, Lenin, Russian history, the union of Communist peoples, etc. .
In this photo gallery I show the bronze statues of the Arbatskaja metro station (Revolution Square).

 Arbatskaja Metro Station

Arbatskaja Metro Station

Moscow

Then Teatralnaja station with bas-reliefs representing singers of various nationalities in traditional costumes and, finally, the rich mosaics of Majakovskaja station.

Teatrazlnaja Metro Station

Teatrazlnaja Metro Station

Moscow

 

Majakovskaja Metro Station

Majakovskaja Metro Station

Moscow

Belorusskaja station and Novoslobodskaja station

The complex Belorusskaya station is dedicated to Lenin with references to the partisans and to the representation of the hammer and sickle.

Belorusskaja Metro Station

Belorusskaja Metro Station

Moscow

Novoslobodskaya station instead gives its importance to rich and beautiful stained glass panels.

Novoslobodskaja Metro Station

Novoslobodskaja Metro Station

Moscow

Komsomolskaja station and Taganskaja station

In the station Komsomolskaya the Russian history is represented in several mosaics, whereas in the Taganskaya station there are a series of panels illustrating the soldiers of various military sections.

Komsomolskaja Metro Station

Komsomolskaja Metro Station

Moscow
Taganskaja Metro Station

Taganskaja Metro Station

Moscow

Dobryninskaja station and Kievskaja station

In the Dobryninskaya station it is emphasized the Union of Communist Peoples and in the Kiyevskaya station it is represented the Ukrainian history.

Dobryninskaja Metro Station

Dobryninskaja Metro Station

Moscow
Kievskaja Metro Station

Kievskaja Metro Station

Moscow