Moscow fairly holds a respectful place among the most attractive capitals for tourists. Usually Moscow is associated with such well-known and visited attractions as the Red Square, the Moscow Kremlin, the Cathedral of Chris the Saviour, and etc. However, there are also many other beautiful places that are definitely worth visiting and seeing, since they are able to show the other more beautiful and charming side of the Russia’s capital.
The Patriarch’s Ponds
The Patriatch’s Ponds is an embodiment of a centuries-old history of Moscow. It is truly one of the most mysterious and picturesque places of the capital that is loved so much by Moscow citizens and tourists. It is also a very calm and relaxing place in this big city with abundance of green and a magnificent lake in its heart inhabited by swans. For many people, especially those, who are interested in Russian literature, this place is also associated with the Bulgakov’s novel “Master and Margarita”, since the main characters of the book met exactly at the Patriarch’s Ponds. Since it is a touristic place, there are also many cafes and small restaurants, where you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee.
The Bolshoi Theatre
The Bolshoi Theatre is a real and true symbol of a cultural life in Russia. The best ballet as well as opera were always associated with this place. For more than 200 years the theatre has been gladdening theatre-lovers with its unique and impressive performances. However, the recently renovated Bolshoi Theatre is not only a famous cultural venue, but also a very beautiful place: you will be definitely impressed with its golden decoration, crystal chandeliers, and massive staircases. By being inside the theatre you get the feeling of presence in the Royal Palace, which is incomparable to anything. Therefore, many visitors come there not in order to see a performance, but rather to feel the atmosphere and take photos of its magnificent interior.
The Kolomenskoe estate
The Koolomenskoe estate is a unique historic attraction that is located in one of the most scenic corners of Moscow. Since 14th century it had been the favourite places of rest of the Russian imperial families. Today it is a magnificent historical-architectural museum and reserve with the area of approximately 30 hectares. On the territory of the estate you can see one of the most significant religious buildings in Russia – the Ascension of the Lord Church that was built in 1532 and had been the royal church for more than 2 centuries. In 1994 this church together with the Red Square and the Moscow Kremlin was placed by UNESCO on the World Heritage List.
The museum-reserve “Tsaritsyno”
This beautiful historical-architectural museum-reserve is located in the southern part of Moscow, and is believed to be one of the most magnificent palace-park ensembles not only in the Russia’s capital, but in the whole Russian Federation. The construction of it started in 18th century by a decree of Catherine the Great, and nowadays it is the only one ensemble in the whole Europe built in Russian Gothic style. This is the great place to spend time with families: there are many sport grounds and playgrounds, as well as a stable, where everyone can enjoy horseback riding.
The most famous pedestrian street in Moscow starts across the Garden Ring and is a beloved place among locals and tourists. This is not surprising at all, since Arbat is in the list of the most beautiful places of the city. Besides artist and numerous souvenir shops, there are also many magnificent architectural and historical buildings and monuments. Arbat today is a combination
If you would like to learn more about Russian history and enjoy the architectural and natural beauty, then you should visit the Izmaylovo Island – a family estate of the royal Romanov family. On the territory of the island you can see many graceful buildings including St. Basil’s Cathedral, the prettiest town tower, the fountain of the 19th century, a picturesque pond, and many others. By walking along this island it is like being in the past in the Silver Age – the most romantic time of Russian history.