Moscow on the tourist map
Peculiarities of Russian tourism development, the first tourist organizations. The most mass tourist organization in pre-revolutionary Russia. "Shopping-tourism" - old tradition. Moscow history, geographical situation. It is the centre of the tourism.
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- I. The tourism
- II. Moscow
- 2.1 Geographical situation
- 2.2 Moscow history
- 2.3 Moscow is the center of the tourism
- 2.4 Transportation
- 2.5 The type of accomodation
- 2.6 The sights
- 2.7 Restaurants
- III. Conclusion
- I. The tourism
- The man never stay at one place. At all times there were travellers that discovered new lands, animals, minerals. They studied our planet for their descendants to know all about it.
- As known from historic sources, in the antiquity our ancestors travelled to other countries. So, groups of Krivichi (in the structure of teams of the Kiev princes) went to Tsargrad, i.e. to the Byzantian empire; this reflected in the annals.
- Peculiarities of Russian tourism development.
- The aspiration to "enlargement of horizon" was initially peculiar to inhabitants of Russia. "The desire to change of places" as a feature of Russian national character was inherent to representatives of different layers of the society.
- Because of prevalence of agricultural population over Russia, for a long time there were no conditions for development of mass cognitive tourism. Practically the only kind of travels remained pilgrimage.
- Only since Peter's I time it is possible to speak about formation of the all-European tradition of travels in Russia . It is considered, that exactly Peter I, having visited with the purpose of treatment mineral sources of Spa in Belgium, became the first Russian health-resort visitor.
- During the reign of Catherine the Great each nobleman had the right to go abroad and return at any time.
- From the beginning of XIX century, it is possible to speak about travels abroad as about the usual form of leisure of aristocracy. At this time Russian cultural tradition of travels responded to all leading ideological currents of Europe. Close communications with Germany (because of geographical affinity and traditions) were characteristic. Many figures of Russian culture studied at German universities.
- Dynastic communications of Russian imperial family with German ruling houses played the great role in tourist preferences of aristocracy.
- Trip abroad was perceived, first of all, by nobiliary youth as a way to escape from class norms and decencies. It was not simple to go abroad at that time. One of memoirists of that time wrote: "Passport for travel abroad costs 500 roubles in silver, it was permitted to go abroad only on business or with the purpose of medical treatment, and in the first case the guarantee of trading firms in reliability of the traveller was required."
- To go to travel was possible only under the special sanction of the Emperor, i.e. travel became a symbol of freedom. The German innkeeper from frontier city noticed, that Russians, leaving Russia, are happy "as schoolboys sent on vacation, and coming back, they are sad as people which had a misfortune".
- From the beginning of Alexander II reign, to go abroad became much easier, and resort tourism ceased to be the privilege of aristocracy. Travels abroad were included in culture of leisure of the educated and solvent public.
- In the whole scale of the international tourism in Russia was significant. At the end of XIX - the beginning of XX century Russians made a considerable part of having a rest on the French sea resorts. The prices there were at that time quite accessible to the average-income person. The same as now, rest abroad frequently was cheaper, than in Yalta. Local tourist business was guided by Russian tourists. In Nice a newspaper in Russian was issued.
- Trips abroad were more distributed, than travels over Russia and were more comfortable.
- In Russia the first tourist organization appeared in St. Petersburg in 1885. It was "Enterprise for Public Travels to All World Countries" which acquainted compatriots with European countries. It had commercial character and was engaged in the organization of collective trips abroad, creation of hotels for tourists.
- The most mass tourist organization in pre-revolutionary Russia became Russian Touring-Club in St. Petersburg, based in 1895 and later transformed in the Russian Society of Tourists. The organization was a member of the international tourist league and united about 5 thousand persons. Magazine "Russian tourist" was issued.
- After the first Russian revolution, in the country the period of relatively political stability and economic growth came. The public organizations engaged in socially focused tourism appeared.
- After 1917 tourist and excursion activity in the country was continued, but its submission to the purposes and problems of the state became a characteristic feature of Russian tourism. Up to the end of 80th years the distributive system of trips abroad (at which people did not have free choice) operated.
- "Shopping-tourism" - old tradition.
- The opportunity (which has appeared in the last years) of free choice of route forms usual for the majority of the European countries culture of mass tourism which assumes variety of kinds of tourism on purposes, functions and motives. The increasing number of people get the opportunity of choice of travels to their taste. Influence of tourism on people, economy and environment has got such scales, that it is possible to speak about tourist revolution.
2.1. Geographical situation
Moscow is the heart of Russia, the cross roads for centuries. It reflect the history of Russia, depicts its past, present and future. Modern Moscow combines old traditions and contemporary style of life of a busy city. It forms the new history of new Russia.
Moscow is the capital of Russia in its political, industrial, financial, scientific and cultural centres, playing an important role in the world.
Moscow is situated in the European part of the Russian Federation on the Moscow river.
Its area is about 1000 sq.km.
The population of the capital is about 11 million people. Moscow is a large transport centre with lots of railway and road stations, river ports and airports (Vnukovo, Domodedovo, Sheremetyevo, Bykovo).
The main industries of Moscow are steel processing. The production of cars, machine-tools constructions, electronics, instrument-making, chemical and oil industries, light industry and food processing are all developed in Moscow.
2.2. Moscow history
First tribes appeared on the territory of the future Moscow in the neolitic epoch. The oldest settlments, dated as three thousands years before our era, were discovered within the area of the present-day city.
In the second half of the first millenia of our era slavic tribes occupied areas near Moscow, these were "vjatichi", who are regarded as a kernel of the future Moscow population.
The reference to a Moscow, as to a town, is registrated in the old manuscript of 1147. In 1156, prince Yury Dolgoruky erected timber walls around Moscow with a moat. He is frequently regarded as a founder of Moscow, and his monument is among the most honored in Moscow.
Tatar-mongolian invasion in 1237-38 produced a great destruction of Moscow. However, Moscow recovered rather rapidly (in the second half of 13 century), and became capital of the independent Moscow principality.
During the 14 and the first half of 15 centuries Moscow was a relativly large city with big industrial/trade population.
In the end of 15th century, during Ivan III princing, Moscow becomes a capital of Russia. Moscow Kremlin, that was built in the beginning of the 15 century, is a benchmark of that epoch. For the purpose of improving the defence of Moscow and of its inhabitants, a number of defence buildings and big closters, like Novodevichy - from south-west, Donskoy and Danilovsky - from south, Simonov and Novospassky - from south-east and Andronnikov - from the east, were constructed.
Development of commerce and trade served impetus for new advance in the science and arts. So, a number of fundamental manuscripts (like "Domostroy", "Stoglav"), great architectural buildings (like "Kremlin" and "Pokrovsky chirch") and the first Russian printed book - "Apostol" by Ivan Feodorov were created.
Moscow has been attacked by Polish-Lithunian army in 17th century and was conquered by them. Then salesman Minin and prince Pozharsky organized people's militia, and Moscow was liberated in 1612.
During the reign of Peter the First, arts and science in Moscow, and in Russia in whole, progressed strongly. In 1755 Moscow University was opened, in 1703 the first printed newspaper ("Vedomosti") appeared.
Moscow architecture reached its peak level of perfection in the second half of 18th century due to advanced Russian architects V.I.Bazhenov (Pashkov's house), M.F.Kazakov (Senat bilding).
In 19th century Moscow remains an importantly political, govermental and economical centre. During French innvasion Napoleon said: "If I'll capture Kiev, I'll take Russia by it's feet, if I'll capture Petersburg, I'll take it by it's head and if I'll capture Moscow, I'll destroy it's heart".
Folk army has been organized in 1812 to withstand the French invasion, and a famous Borodino battle took place in August not far from Moscow. This battle is thought to be a prerequisite for the victory in the War, although the battle itself was more a failure than a victory. Moscow was left to Napoleon's troops, but before that it was burnt by moscovites almost entirely. Fires and hunger compelled the French army to leave Moscow, where the Russian army entered very soon - in October. After the liberation of the city a commission was authoritized for Moscow reconstruction after the fire, and talented architects were its members (Beauve, Grigoriev).
The present-day appearance of Moscow centre was founded in those times. Thus, Alexandrov Garden, Theatre Square appeared with Bolshoi and Maly theatres, as well as the buildings of Manezh and the First gradskaya hospital.
A new manner of living became usual inm Moscow after its reconstruction. Earlier, at the turn of the centuries Moscow was a feudal town, whereas after the 1812 it lost features of the aristhocratic town and acquired those of a bourgeois one. To the end of the 19 century it became the second industrial centre in Russia (after Saint-Petersburg), partially due to the rapid growth of railway communication.
A first telegraph line was constructed in 1852, it connected two Russian capitals, and the town railway with horses ("konka") started operating in 1872. In 1867 gas illumination of many streets has been initiated, and the first electric lanterns appeared in Prechistenka gates in 1883. First telephone lines were organized between Moscow and Petersburg in the late 90-ies.
The XIX century is known to be a "golden age" for arts and science, and Moscow was a birthplace for many famous artists, writers, painters and scientists; a number of outstanding politicians were also moscovites. You are, of course, familiar with the following names, whose talent and ideas made the glory of Russia: Pushkin, Gogol', Tolstoi, Chekhov, Herzen, Pirogov, Sklifosofsky, Vasnetsov, Serov, Levitan and many others.
Communistic ideas of Karl Marx became popular in Moscow, they were studied in secret meetings by workers and intelligentsia, who became very enthusiastic about them and organized revolutionary groups. Their activities resulted in a series of rebellions, one of them was mentioned frequently as a most successful - Krasnaya Presnya rebellion of 1905. July strikes of 1914 were the next conspicuous stage in the revolutionary process, which was finalized by the February and the "Great October" Revolution of 1917. The new government was headed by V.Lenin and the capital was again transferred from Petersburg-Petrograd to Moscow.
The Soviet Union was announced December,30, 1922 by the All-Russia Communist Party of Bol'sheviks (VKPB) and Moscow became it's capital. The social structure of Moscow inhabitants started to change in the 20-ies on the account of peasants leaving their villages in search of job and "new life"; later on the most poor part of population came to Moscow as non-qualified workers on factories and in house building. Thus, the percentage of workers living within the Garden Ring (central region) increased from 5% to 45% during this first decade. Hence, Moscow architecture changed: the proportion of blocks inhabited by workers increased drastically, the city sprawled outside, many churches were destroyed or transformed into "Palaces of Culture", clubs, stores for vegetables or for building materials. The most active construction of living blocks was initiated by Niklita Khruschev in the 60-ies, and many families moved from extremely overcrowded multi-family apartments, where more than 5 persons were living in one small room to individual, although small apartments. They were constructed quickly to meet the urgent demands, and, therefore, they are far from being beautiful and diverse.
The "opening" of Russia to the West and changes in politica situation caused many changes in the attitude of people to their town, its ecology and nature, national and cultural traditions. Therefore, looking forward it is possible to feel optimistic about the future of our city.
2.3. Moscow is the center of the tourism
Moscow offers for tourists many interesting places, sights and activities.
The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts Was built in 1898-1912 from the design of architect RI. Klein. Opened in 1912 under the auspices of Moscow University it was intended to be a public art education museum where everyone could get acquainted with the most famous works of ancient, medieval and Renaissance art. The founder of the museum was Ivan Tsvetaev (1847-1913), Professor of Moscow-University, an outstanding expert in ancient philology who devoted his life to the task of setting up a muse-um of fine arts in Moscow.
The building of the museum of fine arts was designed so that it could house sculptures dating from different periods. The build-ing is adorned with an Ionic colonnade.
Initially the museum's collec-tion was composed mainly of plaster casts of sculptures dating from the 4th millennium BC through the Renaissance period. The museum's collection, including its picture gallery, is constantly growing. Today it has about 5,000 paintings, 350,000 drawings and engravings, and 100,000 coins and medals. Its display gives a clear idea of the development of world art from ancient times to our days. The museum is annually visited by more than 1,500,000 people, constantly holds exhibitions of paintings from the world's finest collections.
The museum's permanent display includes three main sections. The first one features original monuments of the ancient world - Ancient Egypt, the ancient civilization of Anterior Asia and Eastern Mediterranean, Ancient Rome and Northern Black Sea Coast. The second section includes halls exhibiting plaster replicas of famous works of sculpture of the classical period, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The third section is a picture gallery with works of West European Painting and sculpture from the Middle Ages to the present days.
The State Tratyakov Gallery is a museum of world sig-nificance with collections running into many thousands of works of art from Old Russia icons to contempo-rary paintings. The gallery is the pride both Moscow and all Russia.
The founder of the gallery is Pavel Tretyakov (1832-1898).'He began collecting the finest works by Russian painters in 1856 and continued his activity for forty years until the end of his life. After Pavel Tretyakov's death the collec-tor's brother, Sergei Tretyakov also a lover of paintings, collected works not only of Russian, but also of French and Dutch masters.
The collection of the Tretyakov brothers was opened to the public as a private museum in 1874 and it immediately became widely popular.
In the first half on the 20th cen-tury the gallery was nationalized. Thus, formerly a municipal museum, the Tretyakov Gallery was trans-formed into a national museum.
In the early 20th century, a department of Old Russian paint-ing was instituted at the Tretyakov Gallery. It includes such great mas-terpieces as the famous Old Testament Trinity, the only original icon by Andrei Rublev. a number of other icons attributed to Andrei Rublev and Theophanes the Greek, and a collection of out-standing works of 16th century Russian iconpainting.
The collection of 18th century Russian art includes works by such talented portraitists as Alexei Antropov, Fyodor Rokotov, Dmitry Levitsky and Vladimir Borovikovsky and superb sculptural portraits by Fedor Shubin and Mikhail Kozlovsky.
The halls featuring the first half of the 19th century contain the remarkable canvas Christ's Appearance to the People by Alexander Ivanov, who devoted twenty years of his life to creating it. On display here arc also poetic yet true-to-life portraits by Orest Kiprensky, including his portrait of Alexander Pushkin, works by Karl Bryullov such as Bathsheba, a Lady on Horseback and a large number of other paintings by great artists.
The Tchaikovsky Concert Hall (1940, architects DN. Chechulin and K.K. Orlov) is one of the centres of Moscow's musical and cultural life. Its auditorium arranged in an immense three-tier amphitheatre, has excellent acoustics and a very convenient lay-oui so that a spectator occupying any seat has a full view of the stage.
The Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatorie is a lale 18th century manor house built to the design of Vasily Bazhenov for Princess 'fekaierina Dashkova. In 1894 The building was almost entirely torn down. In 1901 archi-tect VE Zagorsky rebuilt the build-ing so that it could house the con-servatoire using elements of Dashkova manor.
The new buildings of The Russian State Library were erect-ed next to its former building, the Pashkov House. They were built in 1927-1941 from the design of architects V.SHCHUKO and V.Gelftelkh.
The building is decorated with sculptural pieces: above the pylons of the facade overlooking Mokhovaya Street [here are 14 allegorical statues and in the niches there are bronze portraits of great writeis and scientists. The main portico is topped with a multi-figure frieze in relief.
The Allrussia Exhibition Center (former USSR Economic Achievements Exhibi-tion) was set up in 1959 on the basis of three previously existing exhibition. It was open at first in 1939 as an All-Union Agricultural Exhibition.
The Exhibition Centre is above all a unique monument of Soviet architecture abounding in symbols of the period of the 1930 through 1950 - struc-tures, fountains and minor forms that transfer the visitor as it were into the Stalinlst period. It is a vast park covering an area of more than 200 hectares. It is also a whole township consist-ing of 80 pavilions and 200 other facilities for recreation and amusement.
One of the main squares of the Exhibition Center wonder township is Friendship of the Peoples Square. Its adornment - and the adornment of the whole Exhibition - is a big fountain of the same name. The extravagan-za of water jets spurting from an enormous golden sheaf of wheat is surrounded by fifteen bronze figures of girls.
There are fourteen fountains lining the alley which leads from the arch of the Main Entrance to the Central Pavilion.
Today the All-Russia Exhibition Centre is a place of amusement - It has an attrac-tion park, shopping pavilions and a large number of cafes in the open which serve bear, drinks, ice-cream and shashlik. The entrance is free.
The Memorial of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 stretch-es over an area of 20 hectares on the highest elevation of the Poklonnaya Hill in the Viбtory Park. This architectural ensemble built in 1983-1995 includes a museum, several sculptural monuments, an open-air display and a church. The building of the museum is topped with a massive dome. One can get here from Kutuzovsky Prospect by way of a wide central alley named "War Years" which ends before its facade in round Victors Square in the center of which rises a 140 meters high obelisk (architects V. Budayev and L. Vavakin) crowned with a flying fig-ure of Nike the winged goddess of victory (sculptor Z. Trestle). The museum faces Victors Square with a semicircular pylonnade behind which is the building housing the main halls of the museum. To the left of the center alley stands the Church of St. George the Victorious the patron saint of Moscow (1993-1995).
In front of the square are low foun-tains which remind one of fountains of blood Russian sol-diers shed in battle-fields fighting against Germans during the Great Patriotic War.
In 1962 to mark the 150th anniversary of the battle of Borodino (1812) a building was erected to the design of architects A.P. Korabelnikov, AA. Kuzmin and S.I. Kuchanov and engineer Yu.Ye. Avrutin specially for displaying the Battle of Borodino Panorama created by the artist Franz Roubaud in 1912.
In 1973 a monument to Mikhail Kutuzov by sculptor N.V. Tomsky and architect L.G. Golubovsky was put up in front of the museum. The equestrian stat-ue of the field marshal stands on a high granite pedestal surrounded by bronze images of Russian war heroes in high relief.
The Neskuchny (Ueisure) Garden with its undulating groves and glades in picturesque hillsides is the oldest part of the Gorky Central Amusing Park stretching on the bank of the Moskva River over an area of 100 hectares (set up in 1928 on the site of the former All-Russia Agricultural Exhibition and the handicraft and Industry Exhibition of 1923, the Neskuchny Garden and the Vorobyovy Hills). Grown with maples, limes, poplars and willows the park is noted for its ponds, flowerbeds, fountains and picturesque alleys decorated with sculptures. Its eastern part has been made into an amusement area. Beyond the Neskuchny Garden near Pushkinskaya Embankment stands the immense amphitheater of the Zeiyony (Green) Theatre, one of the biggest open-air the-atres in Moscow.
Superbly designed embank-ment of the Moskva River (archi-tect A.V. Vlasov) with beautiful descents leading to the water and a rotunda summerhouse are an integral part of the park.
The Moscow Zoo, the oldest one in Russia was opened in 1864. It was founded by Count Bobrinsky and noted Russian biologists K.F. Roulier, S.A.Usov and others. Initially it had 300 animals, now it has about 3.000.
Between 1990 and 1996 the Moscow Zoo underwent overall reconstruction during which new enclosures and structures imitating natural features were built for its habitants. Praciculary interesting is the new entrance with two fanciful turrets on the side of Krasnaya Presnya Street .
Airports There are 4 major airports in Moscow which arc located .30-45 kilometers from the city.
The Metro (THE UNDERGROUND) is the fastest and most comfortable means of public transportation within the city. The length of Moscow underground is approximately 240 kilometers. There are more then 140 metro stations. During rush hours the metro trains run at speed of 41,4 kilometers per hour (including waiting time). Trains move of 80-second intervals, at rush hours the interval is 40-50 seconds. The Moscow metro transports every day approximately 9 million pas-sengers. The fare for all metro lines is the same - a ticket one can buy at Metro stations, it is valid till one exits the Metro.
The first line of Moscow's Metro from Sokolniky to Park Kultury was opened in May 1935. Building of Metro was not inter-rupted even in war time. By means of the Metro one can have an exciting axcursion. The stations built in the Stalin era are remarkable for their pompous ornamen-tation. Thanks to unique architec-ture and artistic performance many of stations look more like temples and palaces. Station NOVOSLOBODSKAYA is noted for its huge stained-glass orna-ments, KOMSOMOLSKAYA - for its bronze and crystal chandeliers, KIEVSKAYA - for its beautiful mosaics, KRASNYE VOROTA - for its unique sorts of multicolored marble, PLOSHCHAD REVOLUTSII - for its bronze sculptures.
MAYAKOVSKAYA and KROPOTKINSKAYA were marked by UNESCO as unique architectural monuments, modern stations are built of concrete and are more modest. Of the lately built stations CHEKHOVSKAYA and NAGATINSKAYA are worth seeing due to their exquisite artistic design.
Some central stations were renamed not so long ago. They were given back their former his-torical names. Transfer stations sometimes have two and more names corre-sponding to the different lines.
Bus, Tram, Trolley These modes of transporta-tion operate on the ticket system. Tickets should be purchased prior to boarding. One can buy tickets at Metro stations, kiosks or directly from the driver once you are on board. Punch your ticket and keep it until your trip is over. In Moscow there are more than 430 bus lines and nearly 40 tram lines.
2.5. The type of accomodation
The Russians have always regarded Moscow as the centre from which power and might of the Russian state developed. Moscow is often described as beautiful. This is precisely how people call it: Moscow the Beautiful. Moscow is one of the rare cities preserving its beauty in perpetuity, whatever happens. To those who get to know Moscow closely and with respect, it is quite evident that today Moscow with its history, its architectural masterpieces and its innumerable art treasures has found itself at a boundary between two different eras, in a whirlpool of global currents determining world development.
Moscow has entered the 21st century as a city radically different from what it was at the turn of the century. You may change the names of streets and squares to what they once were and restore a couple of dozen buildings that were foolishly demolished, but you cannot turn back the clock.
People from all over the world flocked to witness the splendors in the capital of the largest empire on earth. There is an external enchantment about Moscow that makes the city unforgettable.
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2.6 The sights
For centuries of its existence the Moscow Kremlin has been witness of many famous and tragic events of our history. Enemy guns rattled at its walls, celebrations and revolts took place. Now the Moscow Kremlin is one of the biggest museums of the world. State regalia of Russia, invaluable icons, treasures of Russian tsars are stored in the Kremlin chambers and cathedrals.
Spasskaya Tower is considered to be the most beautiful and most harmonious tower of the Kremlin. It was constructed by architect Pietro Antonio Solari in 1491. From time immemorial the Spasskaya gate was the main smart entrance to the Kremlin. It was especially esteemed among people and was considered to be sacred. It was forbidden to pass astride through the Spasskaya gate.
For more than 150 years a unique monument of Russian art moulding of XVIII century - a well-known Emperor Bell has been standing on the white -stone pedestal at the bottom of the Bell Tower of Ivan the Great. Large bells were cast in the Gun Court in Moscow in 16-17 th centuries, but they did not remain to these days. Sometimes they broke from time, from too strong impacts, but more often were damaged by fires. During a great fire in Moscow in 1701 the Bell fell down and broke into pieces.
The Emperor Cannon, cast by Andrey Shchokhov is the oldest and the largest cannon in the world. It was cast in 1586 in the Gun Court in Moscow during the reign of Fyodor - son of Ivan the Terrible. The appearance of such unique work was a natural result of the development of the oldest branch of Russian craft - foundry business, which was known in Russia from X century. The length of this huge gun makes 5 meters 34 centimeters. The external diameter of the barrel is 120 centimeters, diameter of the barrel pattern zone is 134 centimeters, calibre is 890 millimeters.
As ancient chronicles assert, the Red Square appeared at the end of 15th century, when Ivan III ordered to ruin all wooden buildings, surrounding the Kremlin and threatening with the fire, and to allot this area for a market. That's how the first name of the square - Trade Square ("Torgovaya") appeared. However, in 16th century the Square was renamed into "Troitskaya (Trinity) Square" after the Church of Saint Trinity. Later the Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed was erected at the place of St. Trinity Church.
The Red Square
In Russia the same object might have several names. Thus, The Red Square was officially given its modern name in 19th century, though the name was mentioned in the documents of 17th century. Different centuries left their traces:15th century gave the Kremlin's Wall with Spasskaya, Senatskaya and Nikolskaya towers; 16th - Place of execution. (Lobnoe mesto), and the Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed; 19th century - the monument to Minin and Pozharsky, the building of Historical museum and Upper Trade Rows (GUM), 20th century - Lenin's Mausoleum.
St. Basil's Cathedral
In 16th century a stone church of the Trinity with a small cemetery was situated on this place. The Blessed Vasily, who has dyed in August 2, 1555, considered to be foolish, was buried near this stone church. In October 2, 1552, Russian troops took Kazan - the capital of the Kazan khanate. In commemoration of this event tsar Ivan the Terrible ordered to construct 7 wooden temples on the Red Square, where in 1555-1561 a stone temple, named after the Feast of the Protective veil, was erected (the assault on Kazan began the day of the holiday of the Protective veil, after two months siege). The church, situated in the central tower, was devoted to this holiday. Four towers-churches are located on different sides of the world. The northern - in the name of St. Kiprian and Ustina; that was the day of the complete capture of Kazan. In 1786 under petition of rich investor Natalia Hruscheva the church was consecrated in the name of St. Adrian and Natalia. The southern church is consecrated in the name of Nicola Velikoretsky, that is also connected with the Kazan campaign. The western church is consecrated in the name of the Input to Jerusalem, it is connected with solemn returning of the army to Moscow. Eastern church is consecrated in the name of Trinity, that is, the church, which was before situated at the cathedral place, was transferred into it.
The towers, located along the diagonals, are devoted to various events of the Kazan campaign: north - west church of the Grigory Armyansky (day of capture of the Arskaya tower). South - east church of Alexander Svirsky (rout of 30-thousand group tatar cavalry under the command of the tatar prince Japanchi); north -east church of the Three patriarchs of Alexandria - the memory day of these saints is marked the same day as the memory day of Alexander Svirsky. South - west church of Varlaam Hutynsky is the only church, which is not connected with the events of the campaign.
The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour
The temple was constructed on a vow given by sovereign Alexander I in gratitude for saving fatherland "from the Gauls invasion". The temple was supposed to be built on Vorobyovy mountains under the project of architect Vitberg. Subsequently "on intrigues against the builder" the project of a temple and a place of construction were changed. The new place was chosen not so close to the Kremlin, so that the temple was dissonant to its ensemble, but at the same time so that connection of the temple with ancient constructions of the Kremlin and the Red Square was felt.
One of the most beautiful Moscow convents, founded at the beginning of 16th century, for 400 years the Novodevichy Convent was the witness and the participant of important historical events, connected with the names of Ivan the Terrible, Boris Godunov, Sofia and Peter I. The architectural ensemble of the convent was formed by the end of 17th century and till now remains one of the best in Russia. In the main, Smolensk Cathedral, there is a valuable wall fresco of 16th century and a magnificent carved iconostasis with icons of famous imperial masters of that time. Representatives of noble families and tsar relatives, the hero of the Patriotic war of 1812 D.V.Davydov, the writer I.I.Lazhechnikov, the historian S.M. Solovyev and others are buried on the convent territory.
Panorama "Borodino Battle"
The museum building was constructed at the historic place. Here had once been the village of Fili (suburb of Moscow) where on September 13, 1812, in a wooden log hut belonging to a peasant (Frolov by name), the council of war was held, and the fate not only of Moscow but also of entire Russia was at stake.
Since then this house which was named "Kutuzov's hut" by people became the historical relic. In front of it one can see a bronze bust of M.I.Kutuzov. Nearby there is a building of the former museum-chapel of Kutuzov that was built in commemoration of the Centennial of the Patriotic War, as well as an obelisk marking the common grave of 300 Russian warriors. Not far from our museum, on the Kutuzov Avenue, there is the Arc of Triumph erected in 1834. It was restored next to the Poklonnaya Gora (Hill of Respectful Salutation) where Napoleon had vainly expected to be met by a deputation of the city elders, bearing the municipal keys.
AMERICAN BAR & GRILL
The only plce in Moscow where you can get a freshening mouthful of the Wild West around-the-clock. The legend of Moscow and refuge for night owls. Classic atmosphere of an American bar, homemade American cuisine and warm Russian hospitality - what more could a tired Moscow cowboy possibly ask for? All this awaits you at "American Bar and Grill", or simply "AmBar" as the old fans and friends call it.
At Pirosmani's Restaurant
Once entering the restaurant, you get into the atmosphere of the traditional Georgian hospitality. If you have come here not only to have a rest and a delicious meal but also to discuss some business affairs - you could not make a better choice. Even an omen has arisen: the contracts concluded here turn out to be profitable, and the partnership relations established - lasting and firm.
Mexican cooking in Moscow.
Why not to try our Scandinavian lager - on draft or bottled. It's all the best of Europe and Sweden in one place, where you can also relax in our restaurant.
Pancho Villa's Restaurant
Real mexican restaurant.
Only at Santa Fe, and no where else, you can try cuisine from different countries and nationalities: fajitas, quesadillas, Hawaiian wings, dim sum, sushi and sashimi. Only at Santa Fe - magic tastes, aromas and colors, and ever-changing combinations from north to south, west to east - all for your pure enjoyment.
America itself in the heart of Russia - young, vigorous, cheerful, abundant. Fascinating objects collected from all parts of America adorn the walls - a complete and interesting museum.
Moscow takes the important place in tourism of the country not only as the capital of Russia, but also as the historical and cultural centre of Russia. Completely it is not simply without the guide and special excursions learn Moscow. Even muscovites not always know all beauty of the city.
Moscow occupies the big area together with its suburbs both has very favourable geographical position and adopts culture of the west, mixing it with primordially Russian traditions and customs.
The travel & tourism industry are developing rapidly in Moscow. There are a lot of small and big and rish hotels in the capital of Russia. The service & catering industry offers for the people many various facilities.
1. “Moscow 850”. Editors: Irina Pronina, Nina White.
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