Best Highlights of Moscow

Read Square

Read Square

One can’t come to Russia and not visit the Red Square – a point where all tourists make the acquaintance with our country, a point where Moscow's major streets — which connect to Russia's major highways — originate from. It’s a cultural, historical and political centre of the capital and all Russia.

St. Basil's Cathedral

St. Basil's Cathedral

The cathedral of St. Basil with its unusual combination of domes, artful forms and overall harmony is a superb, unmatched masterpiece of Russian architecture, and probably the most celebrated and mysterious temple in Russia. Its real name is the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin (Pokrovsky Sobor), Which is on the Moat (the Aloisius Moat, running along the Kremlin wall nearby, was filled in the early 1800s), but the temple is better known as the Cathedral of St. Basil the Blessed, or St. Basil’s. The central ribbed roof is surrounded by eight onions, none of them the same as the others, signifying eight Chapels, each dedicated to its own saint or event, connected by galleries.

Moscow Kremlin

Moscow Kremlin

Moscow Kremlin tour with personal guide offers you a real insight into the most astonishing world heritage sites, including Cathedral Square with its elaborately ornamented churches and gorgeous sprawling palaces. You are bound to experience unforgettable emotions from visiting the cathedrals and then strolling through Tainitsky Garden. You will be delighted to see President's Helipad as well as other attractions, such the Tsar Cannon and the Tsar Bell, the Residence of the President of Russia, the Arsenal, and the State Kremlin building. If we are lucky, we will make our time to attend Patriarchy Palace, along with the small museum of 17th century where you will see a splendid collection of silverware. Plus, you will also see beautifully carved wooden icons of 16-17th centuries in the church of Deposition of Our Lady of the Robe.

Diamond Fund of Russia

Diamond Fund of Russia

Russia’s Diamond Depository is an assemblage of precious stones, jewelry, rare gold and platinum nuggets of tremendous historical and monetary value and creative merit. Besides the decorations for gala robes of Russian empresses, Crown Jewels, State Regalia (symbols of power and glory of the Russian Empire) and the Imperial orders, the collection in Historical or Small Room features seven gems, known as “historic,” that have no match anywhere else in the world.

Novodevichy Cemetery

Novodevichy Cemetery

Novodevichy cemetery is the most famous and prestigious burial sites in Moscow. It lies next to the southern wall of Novodevichy Convent, the one of the city’s loveliest monasteries and the one of the top tourist sites. The convent was founded by Great Prince of Moscow, Vassily (Basil) III (father of Ivan the Great), in 1524 in honor of liberation of the ancient Russian city Smolensk from the power of catholic Lithuania. Since old times, in Russia, it was a tradition to bury the dead closer to God, near churches and convents. Thus a cemetery formed at the Novodevichy convent. It was the place where royal families, clergy and noble grandees were buried. It was also the burial place for intelligentsia and noble merchants.

Sculpture Park "Art Muzeon"

Sculpture Park "Art Muzeon"

The park of arts "Muzeon" on the Krymsky Val (Crimean quay), outside the building in Moscow House of Artists shared by the modern art division of Tretyakov Gallery, was created by Government of Moscow and Committee on culture of Moscow in 1992. The park headed by M.M. Pukemo is the unique in Russia open-air museum of sculpture that currently displays more than 700 author's works made of a stone, bronze, wood and other materials.

Moscow Metro

Moscow Metro

One of the interesting tours that I offer to my clients is a visit to the Moscow subway. The idea of creating an underground road for traffic appeared in the beginning of twentieth century...

Mausoleum and Necropolis

One of the most popular destinations for excursions among my foreign guests is Lenin's Mausoleum - a monument-tomb on Red Square near the Kremlin wall in Moscow...

All-Russia Exhibition Centre (VVC, former VDNKh)

All-Russia Exhibition Centre (VVC, former VDNKh)

There is an unimaginable amount of historical and cultural memorials in the city of Moscow. And it just gets bigger, as the city grows and expands. Built on the swampy area on Ostankino, the All-Union Agricultural Exhibition (VSKhV) is now one of the main places sightseeing in Moscow, and it’s been attracting tourist from all over the world from the very beginning. When it was re-opened in 1954 after reconstruction it could rank with Versailles and Petergof.  In 1959 it was restructured and renamed Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy of USSR (VDNKh of USSR). After 1990 VDNKh was renamed again, receiving its current name All-Russia Exhibition Centre (VVC)...

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Arthur Lookyanov

My name's Arthur Lookyanov, I'm a private tour guide, personal driver and photographer in Moscow, Russia. I work in my business and run my website Moscow-Driver.com from 2002. Read more about me and my services, check out testimonials of my former business and travel clients from all over the World, hit me up on Twitter or other social websites. I hope that you will like my photos as well.

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