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10 Amazing Facts About Moscow You Don’t Know

about MoscowHave you ever been to the capital of Russia Moscow?

Well, if you like to travel the world and discover new cultures, customs and traditions – Moscow is the place to go.

It is one of the most beautiful and amazing historical Eastern European cities.

By the way, Russians call it Moskva.

Moscow attractionsMoscow’s architecture is absolutely breathtaking, and is well known for its Cathedral of Christ the Savior as well as Saint Basil’s Cathedral with elegant onion domes. 

Moscow also has an incredible art museum called “The Tretyakov Gallerylocated not far from Kremlin, which is the national treasury of Russian fine art and one of the world’s greatest art museums in the world.

Russian art works in “the Tretyakov Gallery” are ranging in date from 11th to the early 20th century.

Its collection contains more than 150,000 works of sculpture and painting created throughout the centuries by generations of Russian artists.

Here are a few interesting facts about Moscow, Russia.

Fact #1.

Moscow is 864 years old in 2011 since the first reference to Moscow dates from 1147.

places in Moscow, RussiaFact #2.

The city is named after the river Moscow.

Fact #3.

Moscow’s population is close to 12 (!) million people.

Fact #4.

Moscow is a major economic and cultural, political and scientific, financial and religious, as well as educational center of Russia and the continent.

Fact #5.

According to Wikipedia, Moscow is:

1) the northernmost city on Earth to have a population above 10,000,000

2) the most populous city on the continent of Europe

3) and the sixth (!) largest city in the world.

Moscow newsFact #6.

Moscow is the billionaire (!) capital of the world.

It currently has 79 billionaires more than any city in the world, displacing even New York as the city with the greatest number of billionaires.

Fact #7.

Kremlin, an ancient fortress built around 1331 (it is 680 years old!), is located in Moscow, Russia, and is used as a residence of the Russian President and of the executive branch of the Government of Russia today.

Fact #8

This northern city is served by an extensive transit network which includes:

1) nine railroad terminals

2) four major international airports

3) Moscow Metro, which is in terms of ridership second only to Tokyo, Japan, and recognized as one of the city’s beautiful tourist attractions due to the magnificent and varied architecture of its 182 stations.

Moscow picturesFact #9.

Moscow is the capital of Orthodox Christianity.

Once upon a time the city of Moscow used have 1,600 churches until 1917 when Russian October Revolution took place and a lot of churches were destroyed by the communists.

After the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, many of the destroyed Orthodox churches have been restored.

Fact #10.

If you plan on traveling to Russia, you will definitely need a Russian visa.

If you think it is very difficult, and you will need to to book a fixed itinerary tour in advance – it is not true.

Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the rules on traveling to Moscow got much easier.

Just by doing a little bit of research, you can manage to get a Russian visa online within just a few days.

You will also have the complete freedom where and when you travel in Russia.

No matter what you do in Moscow – you are guaranteed to have an incredible time full of memorable experiences!

Have you put Moscow on your bucket list yet?

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Information Source: Wikipedia, the Tretyakov Gallery, personal experience

Image Source: o_z_ge’s photostream, xJason.Rogersx’s photostream, Dieter Karner, Igor Klisov’s photostream, Bernt Rostad


Article by Elena Moiseenko

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