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FOUR GREAT DAYS IN MOSCOW




The Russian capital, havin Tendured wars, revolu- Ttions and drastic social change, is today a place where the past and present combine to captivate and charm. From the multi-coloured onion domes of churches to the graves of Soviet heroes, reminders of the city’s past are on almost every corner. Galleries like he Tretyakov are treasure troves of art, while the State Armoury contains treasure pure and simple, from Fabergé eggs to diamonds galore. A city of around 10 million, Moscow may seem daunting at first, but these itineraries will help you find your way around it all. The price guide includes the cost of food and admission fees.

Day1

Morning

 A whistle-stop tour through Russian history begins with a stroll across Red Square , a vast expanse that accommodated huge military parades during the Soviet era. From here, head into Lenin’s Mausoleum  to pay your respects to the leader of Russia’s historic 1917 revolution. Afterwards, follow the path to the Kremlin Walls, to see the graves of other wellknown Soviets including the ruthless dictator Joseph Stalin, and Yuriy Gagarin, the first man to orbit the planet. From the Kremlin Walls, make your way to St Basil’s Cathedral , one of Russia’s enduring symbols. According to legend, Ivan the Terrible had the cathedral’s architect blinded to ensure that he would never again create anything to rival its beauty

Afternoon

Feeling peckish? Make your way to Kamergerskiy pereulok, just off Tverskaya ulitsa . This pleasant, traffic-free zone is in one of the city’s main shopping districts and has a good choice of restaurants and cafés offering flavours from all over the world. Afterwards, you can visit the Kremlin itself . Long the seat of power in Russia, the complex of cathedrals and palaces was not open to the public until the death of Stalin in 1955. Tickets are sold for separate sights, but be sure not to miss the collection of royal treasures at the State Armoury  or icons and gilded frescoes at the Cathedral of the Assumption . Make time, too, for Ivan the Great’s Bell Tower. The 200-tonne behemoth of a bell outside the tower is the largest in the world.

Day2

Morning

Start the day with a visit to the world-class Tretyakov Gallery . The priceless collection of Russian art includes the 15th-century Trinity icon by Andrey Rublev and The Appearance of Christ to the People, a colossal work that took artist Aleksandr Ivanov 20 years to paint. The gift shop is a good place to stock up on souvenirs. For a bite to eat, take a wander through leafy Alexander Gardens , which has a good choice of cafés including pizzerias and an English-style pub.

Afternoon

Suitably refreshed, head for Old Arbat. Once the favoured haunt of writers, artists and poets, this lively pedestrianized area is a good place to seek out mementoes of the Soviet era, such as flags, statuettes and old bits of Red Army kit, from the many stalls and shops that line the streets. There are also a few shops specializing in traditional icons. The area has some fine examples of Russian architecture including the 19th-century Pushkin HouseMuseum , which gives visitors a good idea of what life in Moscow was like when this literary giant lived here. Afterwards, take a detour down Krivoarbatskiy pereulok for the Melnikov House, a cylindrical building designed in the 1920s by Konstantin Melnikov, one of Russia’s greatest Constructivist architects. For a late dinner, try Restaurant Rus, on Old Arbat, for pancakes, caviar and perhaps a glass or two of vodka.

Day 3

Morning

In summer there is nothing more pleasant than taking a Moscow River Cruise . Winding through the heart of the city, the doubledecker river boats pass several of the major sights including the Kremlin and the Cathedral of Christ the Redeemer. Jump ship at Gorky Park , where the many attractions include fairground rides, ice skating (in winter), boating lakes and the Buran Shuttle, a flight simulator that offers the chance for would-be cosmonauts to hurtle into orbit. Safely back on terra firma, the park is a good picnic spot.

Afternoon

Later, head off to the Old Circus  for a breathtaking display by worldrenowned acrobats and trapeze artists. The antics of the circus’s performing bears and tigers are not to everyone’s taste, however. The colourful

Day 4

Morning

Hop on the metro for Novodevichiy Convent , where you can soak up some of the 16thcentury atmosphere of this fortified religious complex. Novodevichiy’s nearby cemetery reads like a Who’s Who of Russian history and contains the graves of literary luminary Anton Chekhov and political heavyweight Nikita Khrushchev.

Afternoon

Afterwards, take the metro to Kolomenskoe , a country estate much loved by the tsars that is now a museum of architecture. Enjoy a lunch of traditional Russian food in one of the small wooden buildings. Highlights include the 16thcentury Church of the Ascension and a log cabin built for Peter the Great. The park is also a wonderul place for a walk along the Moskva river, especially in winter when it often freezes over.

FOUR GREAT DAYS IN MOSCOW FOUR GREAT DAYS IN MOSCOW Reviewed by MELANIE INFINITY on January 08, 2020 Rating: 5

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