About Masha K
Lives in Moscow, Russia
Since Oct 2014
25-34 year old female
I am an art specialist who travels a lot. I've lived in Venice, London, Amsterdam, Berlin and Saint Petersburg and travelled all across Europe because of my job, currently I reside in Moscow. I'm really glad to share my personal discoveries in terms of local food, art&culture places and other activities with a wider audience!
Architectural buildings, Ballets, Operas, Theaters
Historic sites, Landmarks & points of interest
Architectural buildings, Department stores
Art museums, History museums, Military museums
The former private collection of Pavel Treatyakov, assembled in the 19th century, exemplifies the best works by the most famous Russian artists. The permanent collection stretches from Orthodox icons to the early 20th century — except for Russian avant-garde (which you will find in a separate building). The gallery building itself, designed by Viktor Vasnetsov, refers to Russian medieval architecture and is in itself, worth a visit.
Take a stroll to Strelka Bar for lunch. Here, you will find a menu of delicious food, as well as a stunning view of the Moscow River and the Cathedral of Christ the Savior — rebuilt in the 1990s, years after it was destroyed in the 1920s.
You'll find the 'Black Square' by Malevich here, as well as lots of other top works from the Russian avant-garde art movement. The collection begins with the works of Natalia Goncharova and Mikhail Larionov, and extends through the Soviet period and to contemporary Russian art.
After the Napoleon army took over Moscow in 1812, the city got heavily destroyed after the infamous fire. Architect Bove was one of the main figures to lead the city's recovery. Bolshoi Theater was also restructured and soon became one of the symbols of the classical Moscow of the 19th century. With the emperor's loge, heavy red velvet and golden decorations and the mesmerizing performances on both the New and the Old scene, Bolshoi Theater represents the finest example of the Russian art and culture.
A must-visit if you are an art lover, as I am! This museum is housed in a temporary pavilion with columns made of paper, designed by Shigeru Ban. There are normally a couple exhibitions taking place simultaneously, but as the current space isn't huge, you can see everything in a short, refreshing visit.
Recently opened, Dom 12 quickly became a center for the artistic social scene and parties. There is a very nice inner courtyard too, where you can relax over a simple, delicious lunch — the perfect pause during a long day of walking.
One of the most important museums in Russia. The works here come from three private collections: Schukin and Morozov's collections of modern art (including fantastic pieces by Monet, Gaugin, Van Gogh, and Matisse), and Ivan Tsevtaev's collection of molds from Greek and Roman sculpture. Yet another reason for visiting this museum however is to see the architecture of the building itself, beautifully designed to specifically complement the different epochs of art it houses — from the Egyptian temple to the Renaissance-style palazzo inner courtyard.
Famous for serving food made with ingredients from local farmers, LavkaLavka showcases a great variety of creative recipes drawn from traditional Russian cuisine. Definitely a place to discover something other than borsch and vodka!
The well-preserved epicenter of Russian state and religious power. The Kremlin was originally a fortress built by Italian architects, and originally white in color. It was later painted red, and during its history, has passed between the Poles, the Bolsheviks and later to the Communists. In the end, the space was opened up to the public, and is a beautiful space featuring medieval churches and buildings.
The country's main square technically is not red. The etymology of the name refers to red as 'beautiful' — the name the square got in the 17th century. The square is flanked by the Kremlin and mausoleum, the Historical museum, the GUM Department store and the Cathedral of St. Basil. Also, it's interesting to know that the Soviet government buried their highest-ranking military officials (along with some mass graves in 1917) by the Kremlin wall.
This heavily guarded building is one of my favorite museums inside the Kremlin. It showcases Russia's finest examples of jewelery and precious stones — from elegant brooches of empresses to the country's map made entirely of diamonds.
Built at the end of 19th century by the famous Russian architect Vladimir Shukhov, this store was a temple of abundance during Soviet times. Here one could find almost everything, which is why the literal translation from Russian is 'all embracing shop.' Nowadays, shopping is often not the purpose of a visit here, due to the high prices and quite banal choice of luxury brands, but I would still suggest walking through the galleries to observe the beautiful architecture.
This restaurant is located close to the Red Square and the Kremlin. After sightseeing, take a short break here and you will be welcomed into a universe of delicious food created by Italian chef Uiliam Lamberti. The restaurant's stylish interior with the iron ovens that were shipped here from the US will make a perfect accompaniment to your meal.
There are numerous treasures to explore here, but my favorites are the sections that exhibit Russian tsars' and emperors' costumes and coaches. While some of the sections displaying international gifts and armory might appear a bit boring and repetitive (another goblet made of gold, another medieval gun), you're sure to be impressed by the Monomakh's Cap and other headpieces formerly owned by the tsars and emperors.