Sights in Moscow

Bolshoi Theatre
One of the largest theatres in Russia and one of the most significant in the world of opera and ballet. In action since 1825, the Bolshoi firmly holds its position as the leading cultural establishment in Russia. Mos-Tour offers both walking tours (that include views of the Bolshoi) and guided excursions behind the scene!
Moscow Kremlin
Located on the Borovitsky hill on the left bank of the Moskva River, the Kremlin is the most famous attraction of Moscow. For many years, it was the center of the state and the center of power in Russia. Russian tsars used to rule the country from here; right now it is the residence of the President of the Russian Federation. It is the most visited place in Moscow together with the Red Square.
Red Square
The famous square has been the setting or numerous ceremonies, and Tsar’s orders were announced here since the 16th century. In 1945, the WW II victory parade took place here. The Mausoleum was constructed both as a resting place for Vladimir Lenin, the USSR founder, and as a tribune to the communist leaders.
St. Basil's Cathedral
It is one of the most significant monuments of Old Russian architecture of the 16th century. The Intercession Cathedral has unique wall paintings, an impressive collection of Old Russian icon painting and masterpieces of church art. The interiors of the ensemble of ten churches reflect the four-century history of the church.
Diamond Fund
The Diamond Fund – this is where Russia’s unique jewellery is kept. Catherine II’s big Imperial crown and a diamond brooch from her coronation cloak, the famous 136-carat emerald, Ceylon 260-carat sapphire, and the Orlov and Shakh giant diamonds. There’s also unique jewellery, like the Bouquet of Daffodils and the Big Bouquet. The museum has the biggest diamonds and unique gold nuggets.
Armoury Chamber
The Armoury Chamber, a treasure-house, is a part of the Grand Kremlin Palace's complex. It is situated in the building constructed in 1851 by architect Konstantin Ton. The museum collections were based on the precious items that had been preserved for centuries in the tsars' treasury and the Patriarch's vestry. Some of the exhibits were made in the Kremlin's workshops, others were accepted as ambassadorial gifts.
Tretyakov Gallery
The State Tretyakov Gallery is one of Russia’s largest art galleries. In contrast to the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts with its extensive collection of foreign art, the Tretyakov Gallery mainly exhibits classical Russian art – paintings, sculptures, icons, and works of decorative arts and crafts dating from the 11th to the early 20th century.
Cathedral of Christ the Saviour
The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is the largest Orthodox cathedral in Russia, being of at least the same importance to Moscow as the Kremlin and Red Square. The history of Russia of the 19th and 20th centuries is mirrored in the history of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. This majestic memorial cathedral erected on the bank of the Moskva River opposite the Kremlin was built to gratify God for saving Russia from Napoleon’s invasion.
Vorobyovy Hills
Vorobyovy Hills named after the village Vorobyovo, is a famous Moscow park, located on one of the so called "Seven hills of Moscow". It`s a green hill on the bank of the Moskva river, huge beautiful park, pedestrian embankment, river station, and observation platform, which gives the best panorama of the city, Moskva River, and a view of Moscow State University, it`s close to. No words or even photos can describe just how gorgeous picture of Moscow is, which takes your breath away. You`ll see it`s really rich for the sights.
Poklonnaya Hill
The Victory Park on the Poklonnaya Hill is one of the largest memorial complexes in Russia and abroad. The memorial dedicated to the Victory in the Great Patriotic War was opened on May 9, 1995 between Kutuzovsky Prospekt Avenue and Minskaya Street, but the Victory Park was made here much earlier – in 1961. The Poklonnaya Hill was mentioned for the first time in written sources of the 14th century. It was here where Napoleon unsuccessfully waited for keys to the city to be brought to him in 1812.
Novodevichy Convent
The Novodevichy Convent in Moscow is one of the key Orthodox complexes that played a crucial role in the history of religion and public life of Russia. At the same time, this monastery is one of the most beautiful architectural monuments in the country, a true masterpiece of the 16th–17th centuries. The Novodevichy Convent and cemetery were proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site as they are an outstanding example of Moscow Baroque architecture.
Alexander Garden
A park, located at the western wall of the Moscow Kremlin. It stretches from the Revolyutsii Square to the Kremlin Embankment. The park was founded in 1812. The park consists of three parts: the Upper, Middle and Lower Gardens. It features such historical objects as the Kremlin's Kutafya Tower, the Italian Grotto, the obelisk in honor of the 300th Anniversary of the House of Romanov and more. The Post #1 of the Honor Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier has been located here since 1997.
Lenin Mausoleum
It seems like there no other reminder of the Soviet era is more distinctive than the monumental building of the Mausoleum in Red Square. The embalmed body of Vladimir Lenin, the main organiser and leader of the 1917 October Revolution a revolution in Russia led by the Bolsheviks with Vladimir Lenin as a leader that was instrumental in the larger Russian Revolution of 1917, rests here, at the very heart of the capital.
Upper Trading Rows (GUM)
The State Department Store is a shopping mall which houses about a hundred premium class stores, cafes, and restaurants. This is the best-known shopping centre in Russia, and it has been an integral part of the architectural ensemble of Red Square for over a century. The GUM’s front facade marks its boundary opposite the Kremlin. The store itself is also a monument of Russian Art Nouveau architecture, which makes a walk along its arcades a pleasure to luxury shopping lovers and art connoisseurs alike.
VDNKh (The Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy) is a unique architectural complex which nowadays serves as a popular public recreation area for Muscovites and visitors to the capital. Its territory is thoughtfully laid out and seamlessly blends both green spaces and infrastructure. The exhibition was integrated with the Botanical Garden and the Ostankino Park, and as a result, together they now form this vast recreational area.
Kutafya Tower
The Kutafya Tower is an outlying barbican tower of the Moscow Kremlin. It was built in the early 16th century to protect the bridge over the Neglinnaya River leading to the Troitskaya Tower. The Kutafya Tower had two combat tiers (the divider between them was destroyed in 1780); the upper landing was equipped with gun-slots for plunging fire at the enemy at the foot of the tower.
The Tsar Cannon
The Tsar Cannon is a unique item of the Kremlin’s artillery collection. It was created in 1586 in Moscow's Cannon Court by eminent Russian cannon-caster Andrei Chokhov on the order of Tsar Feodor Ioannovich, the sovereign ruler of All Great Russia. The Tsar Cannon is located at the west side of Ivanovskaya Square, between the 'Ivan the Great' Bell Tower and the Twelve Apostles' Church.
The Tsar Bell
The Tsar Bell was cast in 1733-1735 on the order of Empress Anna Ioannovna by hereditary Muscovy casters and bell founders Ivan Motorin and his son Mikhail. Up till now, the Tsar Bell is considered to be the biggest one in the world. It weighs about 202 ton, it is 6.14 meter high and its diameter is 6.6 meters. The history of making the bell is full of many difficulties, failures, and disasters.
Cathedral of the Archangel
The Cathedral of the Archangel of the Moscow Kremlin was built in the early 16th century and dedicated to the Archangel Michael, the leader of God’s armies and the guardian of Paradise. In the past, it was the main necropolis of the grand princes of Moscow, as well as the site of funeral services. Very few people not related to the tsar’s family were granted the honour of burial inside the Cathedral of the Archangel.
Dormition Cathedral
The Dormition Cathedral (or the Assumption Cathedral) of the Moscow Kremlin was the key Orthodox cathedral of the Russian state in the 15th–19th centuries. It is where all the emperors of the Romanov dynasty were coronated. The cathedral was the burial place for the Metropolitans and, later, for the Patriarchs of Moscow. This is one of Russia’s oldest and most remarkable cultural and historic monuments, a symbol of ancient Russian architecture.
Grand Kremlin Palace
The Grand Kremlin Palace is a unique architectural ensemble and famous Moscow landmarks. It used to serve as the residential chambers of emperors and members of their families, and today it has the status of the grand residence of the President of Russia. The palace is open only for guided tours according to a schedule approved by the Federal Protective Service in advance. The emperor’ private chambers with authentic furnishings, a throne and order halls, luxurious interiors and murals – the palace never fails to impress with its beauty and grandeur.
Lobnoye Mesto
The circular stone platform which stands before St. Basil's was constructed in 1598, on the site where a wooden dais had previously stood. The platform and its predecessor were used for proclamations to the crowds gathered on Red Square and not, as is often claimed, for public executions. The most famous of these – the quartering of Cossack rebel Stepan Razin, Ivan the Terrible's gruesomely inventive torture of hostile boyars, and Peter the Great's mass execution of the Stresltsy Kremlin guard, all took place nearby.
Monument to Minin and Pozharsky
The Monument to Minin and Pozharsky is a bronze statue on Red Square in Moscow, Russia, in front of Saint Basil's Cathedral. The statue commemorates Prince Dmitry Pozharsky and Kuzma Minin, who gathered an all-Russian volunteer army and expelled the forces of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth under the command of King Sigismund III of Poland from Moscow, thus putting an end to the Time of Troubles in 1612.
Russian State Library
The Russian State Library (RSL) is the largest library in Russia, the second largest library in the world. It was founded in 1862 and was a part of the Moscow Public and Rumyantsev Museums. From the moment of foundation the Library has been receiving the legal deposit copies of all publications released in Russia.
House on the Embankment
The House on the Embankment is a block-wide apartment house in downtown Moscow, Russia. It faces Bersenevskaya Embankment on one side and Serafimovicha Street on the other side. It was completed in 1931 as the Government Building, a residence for the Soviet elite. It was designed by Boris Iofan.
State Duma of the Russian Federation
The building of the State Duma of the Russian Federation on Hunter's Row was built in 1935 to form a new image of the capital. Here at different times housed the Council of Labor and Defense, the State Planning Commission and the Council of Ministers. The building became a true symbol of Moscow.
Morozov’s Mansion
Probably the prettiest building on Ulitsa Vozdvizhenka is the Mansion of Arseni Morozov which is better known as the House of Friendship or Europe House. After travelling around Portugal and Spain, Arseni Morozov decided to build himself an extravagant mansion in Moscow. The bizarre building was designed by Viktor Mazyrin and constructed between 1895 and 1899.
Pushkin Drama Theatre
The Moscow Pushkin Drama Theatre is a pioneer theatre company, boasting a rich and creative history. Many outstanding actors have performed on its stage in the one hundred years since it opened. These actors include G. Burkov, V. Vysotsky, Y. Gorobets, O. Borisov, Y. Barinov, F. Ranevskaya and A. Porokhovshchikov. Actors from the Pushkin theatre’s present-day troupe are also well-known in Russia; they are often seen in films and on television and their performance is a draw-card for audiences.
Pashkov House
Rising above the city just opposite the Borovitskaya Kremlin Tower, right in the centre of the capital is one of Moscow’s most beautiful mansions – Pyotr Pashkov’s house, built in 1786. This building is one of the most significant architectural landmarks of the 18th century, a masterpiece of the epoch of classicism. It stands on Vagankovsky Hill at the junction of Mokhovaya and Znamenka streets and is not overlaid by more modern buildings. Its position allows you to see it in detail in the best perspective.
Chistye Prudy
The famous Chistye Prudy are rich and attractive not only with an amazing history, but also with their interesting constructions: theaters, restaurants, fitness clubs, cinemas, business centers and shops. Especially these places attract beautiful and convenient park areas for hiking. Chistoprudny Boulevard from large transport highways is fenced off and is a quite quiet and cozy place for a relaxing holiday.