On this tour you will go on a journey through time, to discover the provincial Moscow of the 18th and 19th centuries. You will explore the charming district across the river from the Kremlin, with its quiet streets dominated by two-story buildings with brightly colored facades, stone lions, neo-Classical columns, and decorative plasterwork. And, of course, the gold domes and spires of this district’s many beautiful churches. The guide will tell you about the history of this district of the city, and the people who used to live and work here. In the middle of this fascinating district there is a jewel - the famous Tretyakov Gallery, one of the great art museums of the world, where you will be able to discover the whole history of Russian art, from precious ancient icons to the avant-garde paintings of the early 20th Century. After lunch in a traditional Russian restaurant we will take you on a tour to discover some of Moscow’s strangest and most unexpected buildings, old and new, including the Locomotive, the Egg, the Beehive, the Pagoda and the Fairy Tale cottage, among others. Our guide will tell you the stories of these eccentric buildings and the people who commissioned them.
- Transportation (4 hours for the sightseeing tour)
- English-speaking guide for the entire programme
- Entrance fees to museums
- Guided tours as per the programme
The most famous museum of Russian art in the world was founded in 1856 by merchant Pavel Tretyakov. It has 11th century mosaics, ancient icons, sculptures, paintings. After the restoration, the gallery got a new depository and an Engineering building, where exhibitions take place.
The exhibition space in the main building of the gallery is over 12,000 square metres and is divided into 62 themed halls. The collection amounts to 170,000 artworks. Masterpieces of medieval Russian icon painting as well as paintings by I. Aivazovsky, M. Vrubel, K. Bryullov, V. Vasnetsov, and dozens of works by other Russian artists are displayed here. The museum contains many world-class masterpieces such as “The Trinity” by A. Rublev, “Appearance of Christ to the People” by A. Ivanov, “Boyarynya Morozova” by V. Surikov and amazing landscapes by I. Levitan and A. Kuindzhi. There are book shops and souvenir shops, cafes, and a restaurant called The Tratyakov Brothers which is affiliated with the gallery.
The building in Lavrushinsky side street is located in Zamoskvorechye, one of the most beautiful historical areas of Moscow. This is one of the few areas where 18-19th century buildings are largely preserved. A short walk away from the Tretyakov Gallery is the Marfo-Mariinsky Convent, St. Clement the Pope Church, and the Church of the Resurrection in Kadashevskaya Sloboda. The area around the beautiful Pyatnitskaya street has a good selection of cafes and restaurants to cater to every taste.