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  • Moscow is situated in western Russia,

  • close to the country’s border with the Ukraine,

  • Belarus and Estonia.

  • Lying on the Moskva River, it is the country’s capital and its largest and richest city.

  • Moscow holds a special place in the world’s imagination.

  • Opulent, spectacular and grandiose,

  • Moscow has been at the epicentre of some of history’s most pivotal moments.

  • It echoes with stories of triumph, tragedy and innovation.

  • Stories of legendary tsars and literary greats…..

  • political revolutions and the international space race

  • that changed the world forever.

  • Today Moscow continues to fascinate.

  • Thoroughly modern and with a European air,

  • it has a population of more than 11 million people,

  • the world’s highest concentration of billionaires

  • and an attitude befitting one of the world’s great cities.

  • There is no better place to hear the whispered tales of Moscow’s past,

  • than in Red Square - Moscow’s very heart.

  • Admire St Basil’s Cathedral, a building so magnificent,

  • that according to legend,

  • Ivan the Terrible had the architect’s eyes removed

  • so he could never again build anything so beautiful.

  • The Kremlin is another Moscow icon.

  • and has been home to the city’s ruling elite for a thousand years.

  • Visit the Cathedral of the Archangel,

  • the Cathedral of the Annunciation and Ivan the Great’s Bell Tower,

  • all within these red walls.

  • Many of Moscow’s most famous stories have been forged in the fires of war.

  • Pass through gates into Alexander Garden.

  • The park pays tribute to Moscow’s unbreakable spirit

  • and is home to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier 

  • Nearby Victory Park is another powerful tribute to those who fell defending the city,

  • including the millions of soviet soldiers who died in the second world war.

  • As the cold war between the US and Russia intensified

  • a different battle began

  • the race for supremacy of the heavens

  • Again, Moscow was right at the epicentre.

  • Visit the Monument to the Conquerors of space,

  • a towering memorial that celebrates the aerospace triumphs of the soviet people.

  • Learn more about the space race and the epic contest between the world’s super powers

  • at the Memorial Museum of Cosmonauts.

  • Immerse yourself in one of Moscow’s proudest stories

  • that of Yuri Gagarin, who shocked the rest of the world and became a national hero

  • when he became the first ever man in space.

  • In Moscow, artists and literary greats are honoured as heroes just as much as adventurers.

  • Visit the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts

  • to see to some classic works by Russian and European masters.

  • Watch a performance at the Bolshoi,

  • one of the oldest and most renowned theatres in the world.

  • Walk the same streets as some of the world’s greatest writers including Tolstoy,

  • Dostoevsky and Chekhov.

  • There is such a proud literary tradition in this city

  • that many of its beautiful parks are named after influential poets and authors.

  • Relax beside the fountain in Pushkin square

  • or stroll along the boulevards in Gorky Park, Moscow’s famous central park.

  • Take a haunting tour through the Fallen Monument Park.

  • When the Soviet Union collapsed,

  • many of the city’s most evocative monuments were pulled from their pedestals

  • and dumped in this statue graveyard.

  • More recently, modern sculptures and public artworks have been added,

  • making it a fascinating place to explore.

  • But perhaps the best way to understand

  • how the old and new coexist in Moscow is with a trip underground.

  • Take a ride on the Moscow Metro

  • more like an art and history museum than one of the most

  • efficient public transport systems in Europe.

  • With opulent marble walls,

  • grandiose chandeliers and heroic artworks

  • each of the early stations has its own story to tell of Russia’s culture,

  • heroism and technology.

  • Moscow has long had a proud cafe culture

  • and the city’s coffee houses and restaurants remain a place where Muscovites

  • come together to share their own stories over rich traditional foods.

  • As your time in this city draws to a close youll come to realise

  • Moscow is one of the worlds great stories. From epic,

  • sweeping sagas that changed the world to smaller tales of loss,

  • luck and happiness.

  • But there is always room for more.

  • So come, and create your own Moscow story.

Moscow is situated in western Russia,

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    Jane posted on 2015/04/17
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