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Moscow

A city built around the Kremlin

There is a sense of calm in finding yourself in front of Lenin’s Tomb in Red Square. The huge and impressive Kremlin with its 19 towers stands out in the Moscow sky. The fascinating Saint Basil’s Cathedral Sounds from operas by Tchaikovsky, or plays from Chekhov ring out through the large streets and around the Bolshoi.

Everywhere you look, you can take in the beauty of this thousand-year-old city. The gilded onion-shaped domes of the churches contrast with the red of the buildings. The Moskva River flows gently in the heart of a city where culture flourishes. The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, the Tretyakov Gallery…what style!

Your stay in Moscow won’t be complete without stopping off at the Café Pushkin.

 

Must-See Sites

The Kremlin
This is where it all started. Throughout its long history, the city of Moscow has revolved around the Kremlin.

Red Square
You need to see it by day and by night as the sensation is different.
The impressive Kremlin, the colors of Saint Basil’s Cathedral, the front of the GUM building, all form the square’s fantastic landscape. And at night, when all these buildings are lit up, the place takes on a magical quality.

Moscow Red Square
Izmaylovo
The Izmaylovo district is stunning: wooden churches, old shops selling all manner of art pieces and antiques….A timeless place that is well worth discovering.

The Bolshoi
Art lovers shouldn’t pass up the chance to take in a performance by the Bolshoi Ballet in this legendary theatre.

Moscow metro 
Both practical and beautiful. This work deserves a second look The stations are on a scale which compares with the huge size of the USSR……spectacular. Marble, granite, mosaics, bas-reliefs, some stations are genuine works of art

Moscow's metro stations

The Tretyakov Gallery
Moscow’s biggest art museum is housed in a Russo-Byzantine Style building and is home to an exceptional collection of ancient icons.

The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts
The Pushkin Museum is one of the world’s finest museums. From Egypt to the Flemish masters, a host of impressive masterpieces await you.

History of the city

1147: The first reference to Moscow in historical records
1237-1238: The Mongols raze the city to the ground
1326: Moscow becomes a political and religious center.
1327-1333: Three churches and a limestone bell tower are erected inside the Kremlin, all topped with an onion dome.
1571: The Crimean Tatars destroy Moscow. The city goes on to build a surrounding wall for protection.
1613: The Romanov dynasty is established
1712: Peter the Great relocates the capital to Saint Petersburg.
1810-1812: Napoleon invades the country with his Great Army. The Muscovites set fire to the city before the Emperor arrives. This is the start of the Napoleonic debacle. 
1824: Construction of the Bolshoi and Maly theatres
1839-1860: Construction of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior on the banks of the Moskva.
1914-1917: The First World War: Moscow suffers from food shortages
1917: Revolution led by Lenin. Tsar Nicolas II is deposed
1918: Moscow becomes the capital once again
1931: The Cathedral of Christ the Savior is destroyed and replaced by the Palace of the Soviets
1941: Hitler attacks Russia.
1944: The Red Army repels the Nazis who are advancing on Moscow
1953: Stalin dies and is buried in Red Square. 
1958: More than thirty years after the Cathedral of Christ the Savior was destroyed, the huge hole that still remained finally becomes the world’s biggest swimming pool.
1985: Mikhail Gorbachev elected General Secretary of Communist Party. He establishes perestroïka and glasnost.
1991: The fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the USSR.
1997: To celebrate the 850th anniversary of the founding of Moscow, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior is rebuilt on the original site.

Leisure time

Sanduny Baths
What a delight it is to immerse yourself in the vapors of a ‘Banya’, or Russian sauna. Moscow’s oldest bathhouse, Sanduny is an iconic place that you should try for yourself.
Cruise on the Moskva
The cruise lasts an hour and a half and allows you to admire the Novodevichy Convent, Gorky Park, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, the Kremlin and the Novospassky Monastery.
Winter Festival (December and January)
It takes place outdoors in December and January. For those who don’t feel the cold, don’t miss the temporary ice sculptures in Red Square. 
Moscow City Day (September) On the 1st weekend of September, the festivities celebrating the birth of city are kicked off with a parade: concerts in Red Square, fireworks and a great feast.

Transport

Moscow’s metro is a genuine work of art in itself. There are 150 stations, many of which are decorated (gold decorations, frescos, marble). The metro is cheap and very efficient for getting around the city. Maps are written in Cyrillic and in the Latin alphabet.
around Moscow is by boat. A line with 6 stops is a way of seeing the city from the Moskva, especially the Kremlin and Red Square.

Moscow's river Boats

 

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Practical information
Best time to visit

Late spring and early fall are the best times to visit. Summers are very hot.
And in winter, temperatures often reach minus 20 degrees. 

What to wear?

 Take care in winter: you will need clothing for the extreme cold. Which means a padded winter down/puffa jacket, hat (or Russian winter hat), gloves, thick scarves. Thick socks and fur-lined snow boots….

Flight times

From Monastir flying time is 4 hours and 20 minutes

Time zone

 2 hours ahead of Tunis (GMT+3)

Language

Russian English is a second language

Airport Information

 Moscow Domodedovo airport The airport is located 32 km south-east of Moscow Nouvelair flights: Terminal 2 Check-in opens two and a half hours before departure

INFORMATION ABOUT VISAS FOR TUNISIANS

VISA information for Tunisians wishing to travel to Russia

Currency

Russian Rouble (RUB)