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Red Square is the most famous city square in Moscow, and arguably one of the most famous in the world. The square separates the Kremlin, the former royal citadel  currently the official residence of the President of Russia, from a historic merchant quarter known as Kitai-gorod. As major streets of Moscow radiate from here in all directions, being promoted to major highways outside the city, Red Square is often considered the central square of Moscow and of all Russia. More→

Monument to Yuriy Dolgorukiy legendary founder of the city for the time of every New Year celebration is dressed up as Father Frost Russian analogue of Santa Klaus.

Moscow City Hall, No.13 Tverskaya Street


First Tverskaya-Yamskaya Street


Arbat Street


Old Arbat street. Painted by Alyona Dergilyova.

The inscription means a wine-glassary, i.e. a fast-drink bar. Visiting a ryumochnaya, you can drink a wine-glass ( [ryumka] in Russian, hence the world ryumochnaya) of Russian Vodka or cheap but strip Port without any snack. To have a snack you should remove to a zakusochnaya () or snackary.

This ryumochnaya "" is named after the Great Russian writer, novelist, humorist, and dramatist Nikolai V. Gogol, who leaved and dead in Moscow just near the Arbat Street. The Russians believe, Gogol liked to visit this ryumochnaya several times a day, scooping inspiration with wine-glasses.


The monuments of Stalin's epocha still remain in Moscow. Painted by Alyona Dergilyova.


Feral dogs in the street. Painted by Alyona Dergilyova. 

There is about a million feral dogs in Moscow. Before the XXII Olympic games which were spent in Moscow in 1980, there were many small individual houses in the city. However by the Olympiad those houses have been taken down, so that the modern multi-stored buildings to be constructed on their sites. The inhabitants of those small houses held sentry dogs, but after the demolition they have been compelled to let the dogs go outdoor. Since then the descendants of those dogs live in the streets.

In a show-window you can see an inscription (Sdoba) which means "fancy bread". The Moscow Sdoba is really very tasty and not unsafe for your health.


The State Historical Museum.



You can find a monument anywhere.


Moscow Metro is the most beautiful subway in the World.


The pictures of some Russian painters are exposed now in the underground trains.


An old train adjoins to a modern one.


An old trolleybus adjoins to a modern one.



Moscow trams


Marshrutka is a Jitney-like mode of transport that falls between private transport and conventional buses. One trip costs 25 rubles. You give money to the driver just having taking the minibus. If you need to take it off, you have to cry: " !" (Ostanovite zdes, means "Stop here!"). You should cry it in Russian, because none of the Marshrutka-drivers speak any other language and even Russian they speak very bad.



This spotty cow erected in the Arbat Street became a symbol of one of the largest networks of rather cheap restaurants.


Such kind of restautants you can find anywhere.


These green kiosks sell stuffed (butter, sour cream or bacon) microwave-baked potatoes, as well as toasted sandwiches and a few drinks. Hot and filling, but rather expensive for what is basically just a hunk of root vegetable. 


A blue outhouse is the most widespread type of the Moscow public restrooms . A visit costs 1525 rubles. Besides, they are considered  unhygienic...


...Therefore many Muscovites, both men and women, prefer to communicate with nature among the garages. 


This kind of garages is named "rakushka" (means a ockleshell). The stationary garage in Moscow is too expensive, much more expensive than a car. Therefore many Muscovites keep their cars in such portable ockleshells.


Sometimes this kind of arrow-plates points the nearest toilet. The inscription means: "Free Toilet, Nikitskiye Vorota Square in the beginning of the Tverskoy Boulevard".


The main palace in Tsaritsino park


A pond in Tsaritsino park


Patriarch Ponds



See also:

Moscow in pictures

How to use Moscow Metro

Moscow ground public transport

Red Square 

Church of Our Lady of Kazan, Kolomenskoe


GUM is a large depsrment store in Kitai-gorod of Moscow, facing Red Square. More→

Moskva River near Kolomenskoe. Kolomenskoe is a former royal estate situated several miles to the south-east of Moscow city-centre, on the ancient road leading to the town of Kolomna (hence the name). The scenic area which overlooks the steep banks of the Moskva River became a part of Moscow in the 1960s. Kolomenskoye village was first mentioned in the testament of Ivan Kalita (1339). As the time went by, the village was developed as a favourite country estate of grand princes of Muscovy.



Inside the GUM

Moscow yards are usually full of cars, and each of them has a pomoika - storage of waste containers .

A commuter town in one of the city outskirts 


Melons and watermelons are sold just in the street


A statue of street sweeper, Pyatnitskaya Street


The Muscovites like to spend their vocations in historical parks.


A house in Maly Vlasievsky Lane built in 1816


Bolshoy Spasoglinischevsky Lane



There are many parks in commuter towns


No. 22, Tverskaya Street


An inquiry office


No.6, Varsonofievsky Lane. It was a lucrative home built in 1896 . A composer Scriabin lived here in 1898-1899.


Stoleshnikov Lane is a short street with boutiques and shops with many luxury goods located within the Boulevard Ring in central Moscow and known as one of the most expensive shopping areas.



A pond in a commuter town 


The Cremlin walls are red because of being regulary painted


Ivanovsky stauropegic Russian Orthodox convent


Such kind of parks are inhabited with squirrels.



A restaurant in the Arbat Street


Moscow Choral Synagogue in Bolshoy Spasoglinischevsky Lane





A 57mm anti-tank gun in a school-yard


Vysokopetrovsky Monastery in the Bely Gorod of Moscow commanding a hill whence Petrovka Street descends towards the Kremlin.


Petrovka Street is a street to run north from Kuznetsky Most and Theatral Square up past Strastnoy Boulevard and Petrovsky Boulevard.