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Built by soviet architect Alexey Dushkin and opened in 1930, this glamorous station is one of the most well-known in the world for its pre-Stalinist design. The station, which is part of the Zamoskvoretskaya Line on Moscow's metro system, features gorgeous architecture and design. Dushkin's art-deco concept is in full swing as the entire place is covered in ornate marble, pink rhondite, stainless steel and glass mosaics. Inspired and named after poet Vladimir Mayakovsky, due to his descriptions of the Soviet future, this station is certainly one to check out. Marvel at its grandeur and beauty before jumping on a train to your next destination.
One of the oldest conservatories in Moscow, the Tchaikovskii Conservatory still functions as a school for music. The conservatory has been renovated in 2011 and is well-facilitated with all the necessary equipment and infrastructure for effective learning. Besides, it has well-learned and well-known musicians on its board that ensure effective learning. There is a concert hall housed inside the school that has seen the performances by the best singers and musicians right from the Borodin Quartet to the performers of ancient musical instruments regularly. Legend has it that the beautiful soft seats of the concert hall have been here since Tchaikovskii himself was alive. During breaks, you can have a look at the commemorative marble design incorporating the names of the Conservatory's gold medalist graduates.
Visit this fascinating museum for a vivid look into the life of famous Russian poet Mikhail Lermontov. The museum is set in the actual house that Lermontov inhabited during his years at Moscow University. Full of rich cultural and historical material, the building remains much as it did during the 19th century. It holds many original pieces of furniture, shelves of books that inspired Lermontov, and many of his own poetic and artistic works. A wonderful way to gain knowledge and pay tribute to one of Moscow's significant historical figures.
This theater was created by the merger of the Stanislavskii Opera Theater and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theater in 1940. Theater lovers insist that first visits to the ballet or opera should start right here. It generally recognized to be second only to the Bolshoi Theatre. The theater's production of 'Swan Lake' is said by some to be one of the best in Moscow.
Originally conceived as a generic road leading out of Moscow in medieval times, Tverskaya Street has since become a central artery of the city as well as a constant reminder of Russia's dynamic history. The avenue houses a variety of historically significant buildings including the National Hotel, the Yermolova Theatre, the State Duma, and a number of buildings used by Stalin and Lenin during their days in power. The streets modern appearance took shape in the 1930s after a significant number of buildings were demolished in order to straighten and widen its crooked original layout. Today it is a trendy shopping district, where tourists and locals can take in the herculean neoclassical buildings that line its sidewalks while spending some some hard-earned rubles.
Tsoi Wall is situated at the intersection of Krivoarbatskiy Lane and the historic Arbat Street. The wall is noted for the colorful graffiti that adorns it, and is dedicated to Viktor Robertovich Tsoi, who was a prominent figure in the Russian rock music scene. Unfortunately, Tsoi died at the age of 28 in a car accident in the year 1990. This site is frequented by his numerous fans even today, and is one of the several memory walls that exist in Russia which are devoted to the musician.
Trading House Khomyakov is a historic structure nestled in Moscow. This building dates back to the early 20th Century and is known for its architectural beauty. The structure charms its onlookers with the Art-Nouveau architecture and has an embellished facade with vibrant white and red. Historically, this building has been an important commercial complex and housed bank-offices, book stores and more. Even now, the building is occupied by several offices and stores and also houses restaurants serving different cuisines.
Still widely known under its Soviet name as the Lenin Library, it was founded at the end of the 18th century from the collection of the Rumiantsev public museum. This contains a fine selection of aging manuscripts and books including one of the earliest Russian examples of the handwritten book, the ‘Gospel of the Archangel'. It holds more than 42 million items in 247 languages, in size second only to the US Library of Congress. The library is open to everyone above 18 years of age, though you will need to apply for a pass, for which you will need a passport and evidence of visa registration.