Beautiful Buildings of Moscow
The beauty of the people in Russia is no secret. But have you ever stopped to think about the beauty that surrounds them? Yes! We’re talking about the beautiful buildings of Moscow! Masterpieces of design and architecture, the buildings in Moscow are extremely incredible.
Moscow’s Kremlin is a complex of incredibly intricate buildings in the middle of Moscow. It holds five palaces and four cathedrals. The name “Kremlin” means “fortress inside a city”. Much like the White House in the US, the Kremlin is currently used as the official residence of President of the Russian Federation. The Kremlin has been occupied for hundreds of years, however it took on the majority of its current appearance during the Soviet period when leaders such as Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin strove to remove all evidence of the previous Tsarist period.
St Basil’s Cathedral
The icon of Moscow is truly one-of-a-kind. Located right on Moscow’s famous Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral was built on orders from Ivan the Terrible and commemorates the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan. It is beautifully intricate with its spiral domes. Made up of nine chapels, each serves as a point on the compass. Four of those chapels are raised to symbolize a position between earth and heaven. Since 1929, the cathedral has served as a museum and tourist attraction.
The Cathedral of the Assumption
Constructed in the 15th century, the Cathedral of the Assumption is the oldest church in the Kremlin. It was considered the main cathedral of the Russian state. Stored here is the decree of Emperor Paul I, son of Catherine the Great. Catherine was highly disliked by Paul, who argued that she was not entitled to rule the empire. Since then, Russia has never had a female leader, royal or otherwise.
The Cathedral of Christ the Savior
A few blocks south-west of the Kremlin, you will find the tallest Orthodox Christian church in the world. White with beautiful gold domes, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior really is striking. The church was originally constructed in the 19th century, but was tragically demolished due to mid 20th century state-enforced atheism. It has since been completely restored to its magnificence.
Tsaritsyno is a palace museum and park reserve. Serving as the Moscow residence of Catherine II, it was never used. Abandoned and in a terrible state until the late 20th century, the palace underwent major restoration work in the 2000s.
Russia is more gorgeous than most might think! With the beautiful buildings of Moscow, there is no shortage of sights to see when visiting. When you make the trip over the pond, consider visiting during summer to really enjoy the beautiful intricacies that Russia truly has to offer.