Russia's walled fortress contains much of the country's history, politics and religion. The walls were originally built from white stone, but were rebuilt in the late 15th Century with their distinctive red brick. Visit historic religious sites including the Cathedral of the Assumption (Uspenskii Sobor), Archangel's Cathedral (Arkhangelskii Sobor), palaces (most notably the Patriarch's Palace (Patriarshii Dvorets), museums, and of course the official residence of the country's President. Entry to all attractions is via the Kutafia Tower (Kutaf'ia Bashnia) on the southern side.
Pavel Tretiakov, collector of some the best work of contemporary artists in Moscow and St. Petersburg, founded this gallery in 1856. His brother Sergei collected French and Dutch masters, and in 1872 they combined their collections and opened this extremely popular museum named as The State Tretyakov Gallery (Tret'iakovskaia Galereia). In 1892 it was donated to the city of Moscow, and lives on with works by famous Russian painters such as Vasilii Perov, Ivan Kramskoi and Ilia Repin.
If you are looking for some extreme adventure,and wan to explore the underwater world, along with the best diving professionals and trainers, then head straight to the Akvanavt Diving Center. This facility is the ideal place for professionals and novices to improvise or learn scuba diving. The center provides adventure enthusiasts with several programs and packages to choose from. Apart from diving activities, the center is a great place to make new friends, enjoy weekend trips, and play underwater games. Here one can rent or buy their own diving equipment and also plan their underwater expeditions at the in-house travel agency at the center.
Kuskovo Estate was originally owned by prominent Moscow nobles, the Sheremetevs, and is a fine example of an 18th century suburban residence. The estate and buildings were created as a place for receptions, celebrations and other kinds of high-Moscow festivities. Some of the more interesting monuments of architecture located on the estate are the Palace Residence, Grotto, Greenhouse, and Dutch and Italian Palaces. There's also a ceramics museum containing a large and beautiful collection of ceramics and glass, dating from antiquity (an Egyptian dinner service) to present time (a vase comemorating the construction of Moscow's metro). The museum's finds include more than 33,000 pieces of Russian, Venetian, English and Italian glass and porcelain.
The Alexander Gardens were developed between 1820 and 1823 and run along the west wall of the Kremlin. The gardens occupy an area of about 865 meters (2838 feet). In his attempt to make the gardens as distinctive as possible, Osip Bove combined an orderly plan with the free arrangement of trees plus elements of romantic-style gardens. The gardens are bordered by decorative iron railings. Locals and foreign tourists often come to the gardens to visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Being a popular public spot, the garden is open throughout the year.
Gorky Park (referred to as Park Kul'tury i Otdykha or Park of Culture and Recreation) stretches along three kilometers of the Moskva river to the southwest of the city center. The park became known to the Western public thanks to a blockbuster movie based on Martin Cruz Smith's (Cold War) best-selling book, Gorky Park, and the Scorpions' famous song. Laid down in 1928, the original ornamental gardens are now accompanied by an entertainment zone, hosting everything from science lectures to rock concerts in its auditorium.