10 places to visit in moscow
1. Federation Tower in Moscow City
2. Krutitsy Metochion
3. Melnikov House
4. Muzeon park
5. Bunker-42
6. Maroseika and Pokrovka drinking streets
7. The Cathedral of Christ the Savior
8. The Manor of Kuskovo
9. GUM
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10 places to visit in Moscow

1. 10 places to visit in moscow

By Podobedova Anastasia

2. 1. Federation Tower in Moscow City

This viewpoint was opened just in late April on
the 89th floor of the tower. It gives the best
panoramic view of the city center. The
panorama there is absolutely stunning. The
tower is situated not far from the center and
you will see everything from there from the old
Kremlin wall to Stalin skyscrapers looking like
toy houses from the height of 327 meters, the
highest viewpoint in Europe, by the way.
1. Federation Tower in
Moscow City

3. 2. Krutitsy Metochion

Situated not in the very center, but just 3 km
away from the Kremlin next to Proletarskaya
metro station (violet line) on the river bank, it
really conveys the authentic spirit of old
Moscow. The Metochion was constructed
mainly in the 17th and 18th centuries and
underwent a thorough restoration in the
middle of the 20th century. You will feel the
atmosphere of the 18th century immediately
among an old church and chambers. A lot of
movies are shot there as it is the perfect setting
for the reconstruction of many historical events.
2. Krutitsy Metochion

4. 3. Melnikov House

Konstantin Melnikov was extremely popular in the
early Soviet years with his tremendously crazy
avant-garde architecture. He was so influential that
even in Soviet times, when everything private was
nationalized, he was allowed to construct a house
for himself in the late 1920s. He made a house like a
beehive with lots of windows, a lot of sunlight
inside, and actually lived there till 1974. He was
sadly forgotten, but his heritage remains today. Now
the house is a part of the national heritage and
affiliated with Moscow Architecture Museum. It is a
bit complicated to get inside as the access is limited,
but you can see it around and wonder how it was
possible to come up with the idea and construct
such a thing almost a century ago.
3. Melnikov House

5. 4. Muzeon park

A park along the river next to the new building of
the Tretyakov gallery and famous Gorky park. After
the collapse of the Soviet Union the place was filled
with Soviet monuments which used to stand here
and there in the city: all these Lenins, Stalins,
Brezhnevs etc. One of the strangest places to take
selfies at. Also check out the monument to
Dzerzhinsky, the founder of notorious KGB which
was one of the first monuments to be thrown down
in 1991 and remained a symbol of the end of the
Soviet era. The pedestal of the monument was
painted because in 1991 it was all covered with
swear words.
4. Muzeon park

6. 5. Bunker-42

Located on the Taganskaya square, it is a
former top secret facility and a command post.
It was declassified only by the end of 1990s and
was remade into a Cold War Museum. Before
that even locals living in this area had no idea
that there was such a huge facility under their
district. Of course, it is no longer a military
facility, but the walls remember it all and still
can withstand a nuclear blast.
5. Bunker-42

7. 6. Maroseika and Pokrovka drinking streets

Located next to the Kitai-Gorod metro station,
every door here is a bar (although not every
house). The street starts with Maroseika and
then continues with Pokrovka which for
centuries was called a "drinking about" street. It
is a must-see street, and the best place to feel
the local spirit, taste local beers and spirits,
spend the whole night and then return there
6. Maroseika and
Pokrovka drinking streets

8. 7. The Cathedral of Christ the Savior

The Cathedral of Christ the Savior is in the heart of
Moscow, next to the metro station “Kropotkinskaya”
and very close to the Kremlin. In fact, this is the main
temple of Russia.
The Cathedral was built to commemorate the Russian
victory over Napoleon but was demolished in 1931 by
the Soviet government. Tin the anti-religious campaign
in 1931. At this point, they planned to build at least a
huge Palace of Soviets but because of the world War II
it wasn’t built. Eventually, on the site of the blasted
temple was built an open swimming pool “Moscow”,
which lasted until 1994 and was known for its
unsanitary conditions. The current cathedral was
constructed between 1994-2000 and is an exact replica
of the original one.
7. The Cathedral of Christ
the Savior

9. 8. The Manor of Kuskovo

if you stay in the city for a week or more I
recommend you to visit one of the Moscow manors:
Tsaritsyno, Kolomna or Kuskovo. The most visited
in recent years is the estate of Kuskovo, which
experts call the “Russian Versailles”.
It is very nice to stroll around the park, discover the
palace. And also the Dutch and Italian houses, the
Great Greenhouse, the Grotto and the magnificent
exhibition of porcelain in the American greenhouse!
From May to August in Kuskovo there are also
concerts of classical music.
8. The Manor of Kuskovo

10. 9. GUM

The GUM is a huge shopping centre, one of the
largest in Europe. It is the most famous place to
shop in Moscow, but it is also known for its
architecture. It is situated on Red Square and the
first part of it was built in 1812, under Alexander I.
The shop itself has a luxurious style, selling brands
such as Louis Vuitton, Dior, Hugo Boss, Burberry
etc. There are also many cafes and restaurants.
GUM is famous also as a cultural centre. It hosts art
and photo exhibitions, and it is one of the venues of
the international art festival Chereshneviy les.
9. GUM


Patriarshiye is a quiet district that has traditionally been home
to poets and artists. The famouse Russian writer Mikhail
Bulgakov chose the ponds as a backstage for his magical and
romantic novel «Master and Margarita». A sculpture,
depicting his literature characters is located in the square at
the pond’s bank. There is also The Museum of Mikhail
Bulgakov, at the “bad” flat from the novel in Bolshaya
Sadovaya Street, 10, entrance 6, floor 3, flat №50.
Nowadays this is a nice place to have a walk or to visit one of
the numerous bars and restaurants, because Patriarshiye
Prudy is a real gastro-heaven in nowadays Moscow. For
example, Uilliam’s is cozy restaurant with William Lamberti as
a chef, a man with a Michelin schooling. Menu takes one
sheet, without excess, the food is simple, but extremely
exciting. Another popular place is «I Love Cake». A nice cafe
with remarkable American-style desserts.
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