See and Do in Moscow
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Expats will find a lot to see and do in Moscow. There are a number of cultural and religious attractions, historic architectural structures and landmarks, and interesting museums.
Recommended sightseeing in Moscow
The quintessential Moscow attraction is the Kremlin, a fortified citadel made up of four palaces, four cathedrals and an imposing wall and tower. The architectural phenomenon is home to the president of the country, as well as a number of museums and monuments.
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, and in winter is home to one of the city’s most beautiful ice-skating rinks.
St Basil's Cathedral
Arguably Moscow’s most famed landmark. The St Basil’s Cathedral’s beautiful, multi-coloured domes are an extraordinary sight. The structure is a collection of nine 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.
The Tretyakov Gallery is home to an exemplary collection of Russian art from as far back as the 11th century. The space 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, one of the city’s highest summits, and a point now 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
Originally established by Tsar Alexander to commemorate the soldiers who fought against Napoleon, and currently the largest Orthodox Church in the world, this is a sightseeing must for expats in Moscow.
This museum houses artefacts from the battle of Borodino, regarded as the bloodiest of the Napoleonic wars, and features a 360-degree painting of the most decisive moment of the battle.