The Sights and Sounds of Moscow, Russia

Posted on January 23, 2012 by

Spanning eleven time zones and two continents, Russia is the largest country in the world. Stretching from the beautiful St Petersburg in the west to the remarkable Vladivostok in the east, there is so much to see and do in this fascinating and unique country. But the country’s heart and soul lies in Moscow, the country’s capital and cultural hub, made famous by its eclectic architecture, uber-cool personality and swanky boulevards. For a little travel inspiration, take a look at some of the most interesting sights in Russia’s capital city, Moscow.

Red Square

Situated in the heart of Russia’s capital, Red Square once served as Moscow’s main marketplace and played host to various public ceremonies. These days, the celebrated cobbled streets continue to be a central meeting point for people and draw huge crowds of tourists every day. The square is surrounded by several buildings, all of which hold some form of historic significance. Start at the iconic St Basil’s Cathedral before continuing on to St George’s Church and Lenin’s mausoleum on the western edge.

The Kremlin

A historic fortified complex located close to Red Square, the Kremlin is home to an array of palaces, armories and churches. It was from this symbolic medieval fortress that Ivan the Terrible began his reign of terror, Napoleon watched the city as it burned and Lenin declared the dictatorship of the proletariat. Although there is no access to the Kremlin for visitors, there is still plenty to see, including a beautiful collection of Faberge eggs and the Armoury museum.

Izmailovo Flea Market

When visiting a country with this much history and heritage, there’s always a huge array of interesting souvenirs to bag home. Make sure you leave plenty of room in your suitcase and cabin luggage for traditional souvenirs. You’ll find Russian dolls, lacquer boxes and Faberge eggs at Izmailovo Flea Market, where hundreds of vendors come to sell everything from kitsch mementos to antique jewellery.  Your first visit may leave you a little overwhelmed, so either plan to return another day or be sure to take your time and resist any pushy merchants.

Gorky Park

Opened in 1928, Gorky Park is an amusement park that sits along the banks of the Moscow River. Spend the day people watching, strolling by the waterside, or enjoying the various attractions. Children will have a wonderful time enjoying the park’s rides and there are some great views to be seen from the colourful Ferris wheel. Exit from the yellow and blue pedestrian bridge for a panoramic vista of the city.

Flickr photo by Eugene_Orlov

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6 Responses to “The Sights and Sounds of Moscow, Russia”

  1. lbeath January 24, 2012 11:48 am
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    Great photos

  2. Van Hire Edinburgh January 28, 2012 2:06 pm
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    Russia is the famous country in the world and Moscow is capital of the Russia. There are lots of attraction for visitors . you have shared nice pictures and helpful information about Moscow, Russia. Like your posting.. Thanks for sharing.!

  3. Europe Holidays February 10, 2012 5:00 pm
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    I had never visited Moscow but after reading your post I feel that I have been there. Thanks for providing such a nice information. In next summer I will plan to visit Moscow at that time surely I will visit Gorky park. Thanks for sharing such a nice information with people who did not much know about Moscow and its places.

  4. Daria December 30, 2012 8:50 pm
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    Hi, I am planning to visit Moscow in August of 2013 and this is very informative and helpful. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us.

  5. search here August 30, 2013 3:04 am
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    I loved the pictures that you have shared, of Moscow, Russia. I think it is one of the most beautiful destinations in Russia, where there is a lot to see and also to enjoy. I am happy that you shared the information about the places. Thanks for the share.

  6. joseline riveria June 12, 2014 6:53 am
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    Great collection of images and really good to look this kind of sights in moscow. i'm very happy to see this one.