Moscow, a tour around the imperial city

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Saint Basil's Cathedral por Sergei Rogozhnikov.

The first image that comes to mind when one would mention the word Moscow is Red Square, St. Basil Cathedral, Kremlin, … However, Moscow, in addition to this price, it is much more, is all a world to discover. Since only the fact of being in Moscow, with all the cultural and historical burden it entails, one might say that is a privilege. Moscow is not only the capital of one of the largest countries in the world, its status as capital of the Russian Empire and in the twentieth century, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) has given an enormous influence not only in Europe but throughout the world.

Capital Orthodox:
What we see in Moscow? Highlights in Moscow are its museums and churches. As the capital of the Orthodox world, the Russian city houses some of the most important temples of one of the major religions. Over the Kremlin wall as we can find some of the Annunciation or Ivan the Great, then, of course the Cathedral of St. Basil.

But outside of this chamber we can find the monumental complex of the Laura of the Trinity-Saint Sergius in Sergiev Posad and St. Daniel Monastery, which dates from 1282. Moscow had many other religious buildings, but lived religious repression during the Soviet era led to numerous buildings demolished.

The power and durability of the Russian empire has made in Moscow to concentrate large numbers of objects of incalculable value. Many of these objects can be seen and admired in the various and important museums available to the city. If we paint, we cannot overlook the Tretyakov State Art Gallery, considered the national museum and the Museum of Fine Arts Pushking, which contains a collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art in the world.

Another museum inescapable in our visit to Moscow is the Armory in the Kremlin, which contains about four thousand samples of decorative art of Russia, countries of Eastern Europe and the centuries IV – until early twentieth century.

And to walk between the museum and museum or between church and church, what better than a stroll in the famous Arbat street. This road linking the downtown with the rest house of Stalin, but already existed in the fifteenth century. Here we find numerous and wonderful historical buildings and numerous shops, bars and restaurants.

Metro, the underground palace
But if something is known by Moscow, in addition to Red Square is an imposing subway. In fact it is called the underground palace. Its stations and even the corridors are genuine works of art. The problem with the Moscow subway system is that it is virtually impossible to visit every season. Do not forget that with 165 stations and 293 km route, so it would take whole days to cover all. Therefore, the most important stations and visits are essential Kievskaya and Arbatskaya. One of the curiosities of the Moscow subway system is that most of the lines built since the Second World War are also made bomb shelters.

When looking for accommodation in Moscow must take into account that its construction and services are not like in Western Europe. A picture of Russian society in general, usually luxurious accommodations are either very or rather poor. The three star hotels which are used in Spain are not the same in Moscow. In this case do not reach the facilities they have those in other European countries do not have a more or less affordable prices. For that reason, or we make to the idea that we will be there only a few days or we have to empty their pockets for comfortable sleep.  How cold!

Another problem with the visit to Moscow is that in a year climatologically normal is covered with snow about six months from October to April. And temperatures accompany either, since only from late April to early September exceeded the maximum temperature ten degrees. But, being positive, we will think that what has Moscow places to visit are covered with roof and heated.

These climatic rigors make tourism is concentrated in Moscow a few months of the year, which may create a problem. Tourism must be added that Moscow is the largest city in Europe with over ten million fixed, so that plenty of people at the center may be important.

Even with everything, both for its historical significance as for its cultural wealth, Moscow is a city that must always be taken into account when planning our next destination and, if we adapt to the specific characteristics, can be very rewarding.

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