From the moment you arrive to the moment you leave this striking city, its imposing architecture, cultural institutes and statues are a constant reminder that this is the powerhouse of Russia, where money and power reside. There’s so much to do and see (the city is home to around 80 museums exhibiting world class collections) that it’s hard to know where to start.
The Kremlin is a veritable treasure trove in itself, reports the Telegraph. The State Armoury, with its carriages, armour and Fabergé eggs; the Diamond Fund room with all its jewellery; the Cathedrals of the Assumption and Annunciation and the State Kremlin palace are just a few of the things to see.
Ivan the Terrible’s St. Basil’s Cathedral, in nearby Red Square, with its amazing domes overlooking Lenin’s black marble tomb is also a must-see. And the city centre holds dozens of theatres and concert halls, from the contemporary glass House of Music to the old Moscow Conservatoire, which add to the city’s vibrancy, including the jewel in the crown, the Bolshoi. Closed since 2005 for renovation, performances continue next door in the equally grand New Theatre, where champagne is sipped in the interval with caviar.
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