If you enjoy being surrounded by stunning, snowy landscapes, enveloped in mist, Moscow is the place to be. Its continental climate with long winters makes for a Russian capital city covered in snow for a large part of the year. Take one of our cheap flights to Moscow and discover an impressive city with a wealth of monuments and history, made even more dramatic by the weather conditions.
The Kremlin, a walled construction on the Moskva River, surrounded by civil and religious buildings, was home to Tsars for centuries and is today the headquarters of the Russian Parliament. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, the space within its walls is home to palaces and cathedrals, mostly built by Italian architects and engineers in the 15th and 16th century. The Assumption Cathedral, where Tsars used to be crowned, the Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel, the Palace of Facets (the old banqueting hall of the Tsars), the Ivan the Great Bell Tower and the Grand Kremlin Palace (home to the Russian President), are just a few of the city’s architectural gems. Next to the Kremlin, you will find the emblematic Red Square, which is home to Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow’s most outstanding building, famous for its brightly coloured domes and home to the Moscow State Historical Museum. This museum exhibits millions of objects, ranging from prehistoric tribal relics, found on the land of today’s Russia, to priceless works of art acquired during the Romanov Dynasty.
Another of the city’s impressive monuments is the Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site and is the spiritual centre of the Russian Orthodox Church, housing the Trinity Icon, a work by famous Medieval iconography artist, Andréi Rubliov. In addition to Medieval and Renaissance architecture, Moscow houses prime examples of Soviet architecture, such as the group of Stalinist skyscrapers, nicknamed the ‘Seven Sisters’, and the exquisitely decorated Moscow Metro system, which Lenin called ‘the People’s Palace’.
If you have had your fill of grandeur and feel like taking a stroll through a bohemian neighbourhood filled with cafes, artisanal shops and street artists, head to the Arbat district, just one kilometre from the Kremlin. Moscow boasts a whole host of impressive museums, including the Tretyakov National Art Gallery and the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, which houses works by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Boticelli, Rubens and Monet. Without a doubt, the city’s cultural trademark is the Bolshoi theatre, where you can catch some of the world’s most prestigious Russian opera and ballet shows. Come to Moscow and immerse yourself in Russia’s theatrical history, fit for the stage!
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