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Recommended attractions in Moscow
The quintessential Moscow attraction is the Kremlin, a fortified citadel made up of five palaces, four cathedrals and an imposing wall and tower. The architectural phenomenon is home to the president of the country, as well as several museums and monuments. The Kremlin is something expats must-see in Moscow.
Set in the heart of Moscow, the historic Red Square is a spacious cobbled area that has been used for everything from festivals to executions in Russia’s turbulent past. It is open to pedestrians most of the time. In winter, Red Square is home to one of the city’s most beautiful ice-skating rinks.
St Basil's Cathedral
The St Basil’s Cathedral is arguably Moscow’s most famed landmark. Its beautiful and multi-coloured domes are an extraordinary sight. The structure is a collection of churches built on a single foundation under the orders of the Tsar known as Ivan the Terrible.
Bolshoi Theatre of Russia
Culture buffs in Moscow will love going to the Bolshoi Theatre to watch the world-famous opera and ballet companies perform in one of the country’s most exquisite venues. Watching the ballet or an opera at the Bolshoi Theatre is one of the most iconic things to do in Moscow.
The Tretyakov Gallery is home to an exemplary collection of Russian art dating far back in history. The gallery was initially established in the 19th century and now houses a collection that contains more than 130,000 works.
Military enthusiasts will enjoy a visit to Poklonnaya Gora. This is one of the city’s highest summits. It is also a point dedicated to the Russian conquest over Napoleon, the victory of the country in the Great Patriotic War and its role in World War II.
Cathedral of Christ the Saviour
This cathedral was originally established by Tsar Alexander. It also stood to commemorate the soldiers who fought against Napoleon. As one of the largest Eastern Orthodox churches in the world, this is a sightseeing must for expats in Moscow.
This museum houses artefacts from the Battle of Borodino, which was regarded as the bloodiest of the Napoleonic wars. The Museum-Panorama features a 360-degree painting of the most decisive moment of the battle.
►For more entertainment options in the city, see Lifestyle in Moscow.
"...festivals and all kinds of events are happening every day." Read what Yulia has to say about how underrated Moscow is as a city in her interview.
"Everything is always open (even on holidays). There is an energy and excitement about the city, especially at night. The churches with their onion domes never get boring. The expat community is wonderful." Read about things to see and do in Moscow from Amanda's interview.
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