Moscow Hidden Gem Attractions

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  • Julia K
    Santa Clara, CA104 contributions
    Beautifully restored monument of Soviet avant-garde architecture. Very modern, tolerant, and unobtrusive.
    Written August 6, 2021
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  • Alexander_Kudrin
    Samara, Russia8,753 contributions
    One of the oldest and most beautiful Orthodox monasteries is located near the Shabolovskaya metro station. The monastery is surrounded by a cozy square, powerful thick walls and patterned towers. Founded in 1591 on the site where the Russian military camp was located. He is directly subordinate to the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia. The oldest known cemetery is located in the Donskoy Monastery, where many famous people are buried. It is interesting to wander between the graves scattered across the territory of the necropolis, meeting familiar names. There are also amazingly beautiful high reliefs of the destroyed Cathedral of Christ the Savior. You can spend 2-3 hours to visit this place.
    Written November 20, 2020
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  • Yukon D
    4 contributions
    Beautiful and unique manor house, grounds/gardens and outer buildings- it is quiet and away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
    Written August 6, 2019
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  • Joni H
    Singapore, Singapore1,763 contributions
    13 century Orthodox Church buildings..rather run down n some structures have started restoration works. There is still a small chapel that is still functioning..
    Written September 29, 2019
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  • Alasdair
    Maidenhead, UK17 contributions
    I had previously researched visiting this Cathedral prior to my visit to Moscow and with the help the Moscow Metro phone app was able to make my way to the Ulista 1905 Goda metro station where it is a short walk to the Cathedral. This is the largest Catholic Church in Russia and a very impressive building indeed. Once inside there is an air of calm and this encourages time for reflection. Unfortunately, it is forbidden to take photographs inside which was unfortunate but nevertheless respected.
    Written November 7, 2019
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  • Takarasina
    922 contributions
    Other reviews describe the place fairly, accurately and up-to-the-point. I'd only add that in these covid times it is open and can be visited without any limitations. Just put on a mask (but only at the entrance - when inside no-one gives a damn).
    Yes, signs are in Russian only but audio guides make your tour pleasant, informative and problem-free. I read in one review that their material sounds "too patriotic". Well, we Russians are proud of our victories. What's wrong with this?
    We visited it in February. Me, my son and two of my grandchildren, both boys, 7 and 5 years old. They were thrilled. It's worth mentioning that there's a special interactive hall there where kids can try on a real ancient helmet or a chainmail or a shako from Napoleonic times or a headdress with a hackle or take in their arms an authentic sabre or a machine gun. Little puppies just can't be talked off this meat truck!
    Recommended!
    Written February 28, 2021
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  • Tony_Ast
    Monaco71 contributions
    This museum holds a decent collection of Russian impressionist art and is conviniently located just off Leningradskoe highway with quite easy car and subway access. If You like impressionist art - it's a place to visit, while in Moscow!
    Written August 1, 2019
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  • Takarasina
    922 contributions
    There are several excellent parks in Moscow and Kolomenskoye is one of them. This city has dramatically changed for the better in the course of last ten-fifteen years and this wooden palace is a vivid example of such improvements. Built from scratch in 2010 it is often criticized by Muscovites as a poor replica of a disappeared chef-d'œuvre but for foreigners it's really something to admire.
    We visited it right after covid restrictions had been eased in Moscow, in the second half of January. The building looks as if it came from a Russian fairy-tale - opulent and intricate from the outside but rather simple and practical inside. This is really how our tzars lived in the times passed. They preferred structures made of wood and not of stones or boulders or even bricks, like in the West - Russian winters used to be long and cold.
    Due to covid, tickets still had to be first reserved electronically, through their official site and then, upon arrival, exchanged for hard copies. Ladies working there were nice, friendly and ready-to-help (doubt if they speak English though).
    There's also a spacious and comfortably placed parking right nearby, only a five minutes' walk to the complex.
    Naturally, one might prefer to visit the place in summer, to walk in the park as well, but believe me - it's also great in winter, especially on a sunny day. Entrance fee is ridiculous - just RUR 400 (ca. USD 9).
    Don't miss a kiosk nearby selling excellent Russian drinks, pryanik cakes (made of flour, honey, berries in syrup, sweetened condensed milk, etc.) and other small things.
    Recommended!
    Written January 30, 2021
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  • Alex P
    Moscow, Russia139 contributions
    A very cosy and small hut, yet full of interesting information and items, is located north-east of the city centre, some 25 minutes away from the Thetyakov gallery or the Kremlin. Make sure you work out your way with a map; as the museum is located not by the Metro stop, once has to go through the courtyards of the local neighbourhood.
    Written March 15, 2018
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  • geelongexpat
    Chatan-cho, Japan1,025 contributions
    I didn’t explore inside but saw it from the outside. There are websites saying that entry is free. This is outdated. The entrance fee for foreigners is 450 rubles. It also costs money for Russians.
    Written March 1, 2020
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  • Robyn C
    1 contribution
    It was worth going to.
    Hard to find, but very much worth the effort.
    To see and hear what happened and what went on during this period, of Russian history.
    Sad that man can be so cruel.
    Written October 3, 2019
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  • darren w
    Melbourne, Australia17 contributions
    the novospasskiy monastery suffered greatly under comunisium was a prison then a drunk tank it was very closley associated with the romanovs nicholas the second visited in 1913 a lot of restoration going on,the remains of the grand duke sergie who was assinated in 1905 and originally buried in the kremlin was reintered here after they were found under a car park on the site of the demolished churh also in the grounds a copy of the memorial thatwas on the site of his murder also in the ground are a memorial to the many victims of stalin who were executed in the grounds in the 1930s also in the vault are many of the restored graves of the early romanovs
    Written December 10, 2019
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  • OldAccountant
    Northampton, UK358 contributions
    There are three or four floors of icons large and small from across 8 or 9 centuries. Called in quite late and was practically alone in the museum which is free to visit.

    By their nature, icon subjects are limited (Mother and Child, Christ Mandylion, Saints) and prescriptively stylised and so any display can be repetitive. Icons can also be a bit of a niche interest but there is something here to interest most people, I would think.

    While there is adequate English labelling, one could do with some Christian knowledge to understand some of the references or content.

    If you have a Catholic or obviously any strand of Orthodox background, you will not have too much bother. The further you stray from this (eg non-conformist to non-Christian), the more you will be looking from a strictly artistic perpective.

    I enjoyed my visit here, which is accessible by metro or tram (about 10-15 minutes walk) - there is a also a velobike station quite close ( a few minutes walk).
    Written August 11, 2019
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  • Richard C
    Tokyo Prefecture, Japan47 contributions
    Rent bike or skis. Beautiful walks. Play football. Really well maintained park with good facilities for kids. Nice lake to sit by in summer.
    Written March 1, 2017
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