Moscow is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Russia. More and more passports are being stamped to Russia every year. The rich history, mystery and bravado of the Russian culture seems to draw in the crowds. Before you get your passports out and get lost in Moscow, make sure you at least take in these four amazing sights.
Most famous as the quintessential symbol of the communist era U.S.S.R, this government complex is home to Russias president and has been around for generations. While over 60% of the Kremlin is off limits to the public, what is open for tourism is laden with Russias most iconic attractions. Here you can see grandiose palaces, cathedrals, extensive museums and more. It has even been declared a world heritage site by UNESCO
The Red Square shares many characteristics with Moscow. It’s ancient, expansive and surrounded by a literal architectural timeline with styles from many periods gone by. The Kremlin sits just to the west of the Square while the Russian State History Museum caps its north end. The over the top extravagant GUM department store borders it on the east, and the famous St. Basils Cathedral sits across its south side with its picturesque, colorful cathedral domes. The Red Square is an iconic ID marker of Moscow and is a must see.
St. Basil’s Cathedral
This iconic Cathedral is officially called “The Cathedral of the Intercession of the Virgin by the Moat” but most tourists refer to it as St. Basil’s Cathedral. If you want to know the origin of the alternate name, visit and read the landmark that explains it. The unique thing about this Cathedral is that its true history is not known other than Ivan the Terrible had it constructed in to celebrate the capture of Kazan from the Mongols in 1552. Any history after that is a hodgepodge of often conflicting urban legends. The view is magnificent if not a beautiful mess as the original style has been covered by multiple renovations and color schemes over the years and is jumbled at best. Its gaudy nature is what makes it so iconic. If you plan on attending mass here, you better come in October on the Day of Intercession; that’s the only mass all year as the Cathedral is primarily a museum.
Get the thought of the NYC subway system out of your head for a minute. Instead of grimy underground tunnels; imagine giant vaulted ceilings, spectacular chandeliers, and world renown sculptures and mosaics. That is what you get when you commute Moscow style. It gathers nearly as many non-passenger tourists as it does passengers. Be ready to have your mind blown by the Metro and take a ride while you’re at it
These are just four of the amazing things to see and do in Moscow, if the wanderlust is getting too strong, book a flight to Moscow today. Start by getting your passports now and get them fast with Fast Passports and Visas. The only company that gets your passports and visas fast, accurate, and conveniently.