Pavel Tretiakov, the collector of some of 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 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.
Moscow Free Tours is a Moscow-based tour guide company which offers daily free walking tours of Moscow's main attractions, led by their friendly and knowledgeable guides. This is one of the very few tour guide companies in Moscow which provides 5 tours at 4 different time slots (10:45a, 2p, 4p, 6:30p) in a day regardless of group size and weather conditions. If none of the free tour timings fit into your schedule, you can always book a paid private tour.
A theatre located very near the heart of the city in one of the most beautiful and oldest buildings in Moscow. At the beginning of the 20th century, the building was occupied by noble families, before later becoming a cinema and somewhat later a theatre. Here the great practitioner of theatrical art, Konstantin Stanislavskii, taught young actors. In 1998 the theatre celebrated its 50th anniversary, and continues to maintain Stanislavskii's exacting theatrical standards. The repertoire includes not only classical Russian plays, but also a selection of Western classics, some experimental efforts and a few plays for children.
Billed to be one of the highest points of the city, the soaring Sparrow Hills lies delicately nestled along the banks of the Moskva River. Towering 220 meters (720 feet) above river level, the hill proudly watches over the dynamic, ever-evolving landscape of Moscow, including many of its landmarks like the Luzhniki Stadium, Christ the Savior Cathedral, the gleaming domes of Novodevichy Convent and the imposing Seven Sisters. Having been a muse to many Russians poets and writers in the past, the hill is crowned by an observation tower which overlooks the beautiful bend of the river shrouded by swathes of dense green scenery. Strewn across the lofty scope of the hills are buildings which are some of the most magnificent of their kind in the city, including the awe-inspiring Moscow State University complex and the picturesque Trinity Church.
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.
Synonymous with Moscow, Red Square evokes a sense of history and heritage. Here, the past meets the present under the shadow of some of the city's most famous landmarks like the Kremlin and the brightly colored Saint Basil's Cathedral. Awash in history, the Red Square wasn't always as architecturally impressive as it is now, starting as a humble market square. Over the centuries, the square evolved with new additions being added at various intervals. During the Soviet Era, the square was the site of numerous military parades during World War and the Cold War. Bustling with activity throughout the day, the square is at its visual best once the sun sets and the beautiful buildings are lit with colorful lights.
Kilometer Zero is where distances are authentically measured in a particular country and is mostly marked by a plaque or a monument to indicate the starting point. It is followed in many countries all across the different continents. The Russian Kilometre Zero is set before the Iberian Chapel in Moscow in the form of a bronze memorial. It is close to the Manezhnaya Square, Red Square, Kazan Cathedral and State Historical Museum. It is a popular spot among locals and tourists alike to make a wish. Coins are thrown backwards on the plaque to test Lady Luck. If it falls rightly, legend has it that your wish will come true.
Opening in 2018
It is impossible to miss this museum, given that it sits right on Red Square. At the entrance, there's always someone dressed as Ivan the Terrible or Lenin, for those looking for a photograph. The museum opened its doors to the public in 1883 and recognized as Russia's largest museum as it houses artifacts that are over a hundred years old. Inside, there are various exhibitions dedicated to the sweeping richness of Russian history, from mammoth tusks and bronze age relics to the posters dating back to the Soviet-era.
The Museum of the War of 1812 chronicles the events of a war that changed the course of history forever. The war was waged between the Grande Armée, lead by Napolean, and the Russian troops. The war waged for a period of six months, ending with the retreat of the French army, greatly depleted and without the satisfaction of a decisive victory, shaking the very foundation of Napolean's empire. The museum itself boasts a long history. The idea for the museum first came into being soon after the war itself, but was only inaugurated in 2012, marking the 200th anniversary of the war. Housed within a splendid brick building, the museum features a vast collection made up of weapons, documents, uniforms, sculptures, art and assorted artifacts from the war. For an intriguing glimpse into this glorious, albeit tragic, chapter of Russian and world history, be sure to pay a visit to the Museum of the War of 1812. The museum is located near the Red Square and the Kremlin walls, and is easily accessible. The museum is a part of the campus of the Exhibition Complex of the State Historical Museum.