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Colors of Moscow - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

Moscow One of the curious features of the Moscow city which most foreign tourists frequently notice is crowds of people in the streets and thousands of cars on the roads. Cruising the city by car following the central roads is rather challenging during the day that is why tourists should be accurate in choosing the right time for tours and city exploration. The most favorable time for distant tours is Sunday morning when the city changes enormously. Sunday morning will also be a pleasant time for hiking as this is the time when Moscow sinks in serenity and silence.
Discovering the architecture of Moscow from bird's eye view! Saint Basil Cathedral, Novodevichy Convent, Ostankino Tower, Ivan the Great Bell Tower, Saint Sophia Church, Dormition Cathedral, all those monuments are defining the image of Moscow … Open
Local people have got used to heavy tourist traffic and numerous city guests and feel no excitement over them. However those tourists who visit the capital city for the first time should keep in mind several important features. When advice is needed tourists should better address the city visitors as they are rather than local folks as in this case a chance to get useful advice and necessary help is much higher.
travelers should better join guided group tours to explore the city rather than setting off to the tour alone as finding a way to some local landmarks is rather challenging. Many tourists try to get to Moscow on the New Year’s eve as during this period Moscow features mass scale folk festivals. Great musical and theatrical performances, entertaining events for kids, plenty of souvenir shops and attractive open air cafes fill the city squares, parks and streets on the eve of the fest turning the city into a great entertaining center. Copyright
Kremlin, Bolshoi Theater, Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Mausoleum, State Historical Museum, as well as many others, they all become the world's cultural heritage objects and remain as iconic monuments for Moscow … Open
Festive treats deserve special attention of city visitors. The guests of the capital will be offered Russian ethnic pies and sweets as well as hot wine punch. The New Year holidays are impossible to imagine without great pyrotechnic shows. The most beautiful and impressive fireworks can be witnessed in the New Year night on the Red Square. The breath taking event attracts tens of thousands of visitors. The same attractive and exciting ethnic fest is the Maslenitsa festival. This scale event is followed by many original entertainments and attractions.
Moscow Original contests and competitions, culinary battles and performances of various folk music groups, traditional Maslenitsa jack-straw burning up and stunning theatrical performances are only few of the events which the city visitors can witness as well as take part in during the festival. The main symbol of Maslenitsa is still the flats or Russian blinis. Tourists can try and taste this ethnic treat in any of the city restaurants during the festival. However many guests and local folks give preferences to open air cafes for blinis tasting.
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Reference information
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Moscow
♥   Cathedral of the Mother of God, Moscow, 4.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Moscow
♥   Castle 'Moscow Kremlin' , 0.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Donskoy Monastery' , 4.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius' , 69.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Unique landmarks in Moscow and around

Ostankino Tower

From the series “The Highest Buildings in the World”
There would be a pleasant surprise for gourmets, as there is the popular restaurant, Seventh Heaven, above the observation deck. In August 2000, Ostankino Tower was seriously damaged by fire and it would take many years to accomplish a full recovery. Nevertheless, there are still tours conducted for tourists in sunny weather; for safety reasons tower is closed to visitors during thunderstorms and strong winds. … Read further

Friendship Cheese Monument

From the series “The Most Unusual Statues and Monuments”
The unusual design was realized by the sculptors Scherbakov. The original monument was bronze. The huge processed cheese, whose weight is about 200 kg, was painted in the traditional colors. The competition for the best monument design was declared year before its opening and with the important date - the fortieth anniversary of the production start of 'Druzhba' timed. Since its inauguration, the monument has attracted the newly-reunited. The bridegroom and the bride stirred the giant cheese, so that the young family would be united and happy. … Read further

Bridge Bagration

From the series “Unbelievable and Magnificent Bridges and Viaducts”
The author of the project of ultramoderner bridge is the architect BITchora The unique bridge was named in honor of the outstanding Russian army leader. Another attractive attraction of the bridge is the viewing platform at its second level, from which the magnificent panorama opens up on the Moskva River. For the visitors the bridge is open daily from 5-30 morning until 2-00 night. At dawn the galleries are illuminated with the beautiful illumination. When you visit the bridge you have to consider an important rule - the skating rink on the bridge is forbidden. Before this, the signs at the entrance warn, and the guards look at the observance of the rule and the order. … Read further
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