Moscow is one of the most fascinating cities in the world. It welcomes millions of visitors each year. Some come here for work, some – for pleasure. There are things to do for anyone. It seems that the entire city consists of architectural landmarks, museums, cathedrals. There will be something to surprise any visitor with. Moscow is not only a magnet for tourists, but also for businessmen since most Russian business is concentrated in Moscow.
For the past few years Moscow has been one of the most expensive cities in the world, comparable to London, Tokyo and New York. It is almost a country within a country with its own dynamics and is quite different from the rest of Russian cities mainly due to the concentration of the headquarters of the largest companies, and therefore high concentration of population in the area. Unfortunately that can make a stay in Moscow a bit difficult because the traffic can be unbearable. But there are always ways around it. Moscow Metro is one of them.
Moscow Metro or subway system is a marvel of modern architecture. It covers the entire city and with its ease of use is probably the best type of transportation in the Russian capital. Most of its stations are true artistic marvels , with sculptures, mosaics and paintings. Any visitor to Moscow should be advised to see it for themselves, because there is not a similar subway system anywhere else in the world.
The first mentioning of Moscow was around the year 1147. The founder of Moscow is Yurij Dokgorukij, built its first castle (called Kremlin) in order to protect the area. Moscow became Russian capital around the fifteenth century when most of the areas of Russian territory were united. From that time Moscow became a center of Russian politics, religion, trade. In 1712 Moscow lost its official status of a Russian capital, it was then transferred to Saint-Petersburg, but even then Moscow remained a center of Russian political life. In 1918 Moscow is again given a status of a capital, it is not Tsar’s Russia at the time anymore, but a new state called Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (RSFSR). Moscow Kremlin once again became the place where most political/historical decisions were made. Unfortunately the history of Soviet Russia and Moscow is full of sad events, from Stalinism to second World War, destruction of historical monuments, cathedrals, golden-domed churches. But Moscow survived that and is again a vibrant city full of power, money, success, and on the other hand full of rich history and culture.
Moscow is a unique city that moves in a head-spinning rhythm and is full of energy, but at the same time it is full of fascinating history. So in order to enjoy the city one should know where to go, what to see, how to plan a trip, etc.
In this guide I will describe the most interesting things for the traveler: museums, cathedrals, theaters, night life, and will also provide recommendations on where to stay and how to travel into the Russian capital. Stay tuned.