Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Moscow, Russia

Hey Readers! Hopefully by now you’ve seen the last epic Harry Potter movie. Personally I thought it was amazing and I’m extremely upset that the whole series is now over L Anyway, I feel like I’ve been writing a ton of blog posts on England, so I’m moving on to another fascinating place that you’ll love reading about.

Moscow, Russia is the largest city and capital of Russia and has a deep history that is shown in its culture, architecture and people. It is also the northernmost city in the whole world that has a population more than 10 million people (the city’s population is around 12 million). If you’ve read my post on the cities with the most billionaires, you’d already know that Moscow has 79 billionaires, making it the city with the most billionaires in the world.

Besides all the billionaires (what do we care, right?), there are plenty of things to see, eat and enjoy in Moscow. Perhaps the most famous place to visit in the city is the St. Basil’s Cathedral. This Russian Orthodox Church located in Red Square in the center of the city was built in order of Ivan the Terrible. Traditionally built in medieval times, the structure of the building includes a white stone base and buildings made from red bricks. Look how beautiful this place is!!

The Red Square also features the Kremlin, once a citadel that now serves as the residence of the president of Russia. The Red Square is the heart of the city, and there you’ll find the most interesting monuments, cathedrals and other buildings that portray the city’s long history.

Another cathedral you can visit, which is just as beautiful in its own unique way, is the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. This one is located on the banks of the Moskva River, and at 344 feet, it is the tallest cathedral in the world. Another interesting fact about this building is that in 1882, it was the place of the debut of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Although in 1931 the building was ordered to be demolished by Stalin, it was rebuilt in 1992 in the same form.

Moscow is well known for their unique architecture, and perhaps the buildings that show this type are the Seven Sisters. These are seven buildings around the city that show the Stalinist designs, which feature the intertwinement of baroque and gothic with the technology used in building American skyscrapers. This style is easily recognizable and most certainly a magnificent sight to see.

Moscow is perhaps one of the top places on my list to visit someday because it’s so interesting and offers so much history. Check out their website at

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