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If St. Petersburg in Russia is considered to be the jewel in Russia's imperial crown, then Moscow is the heart of the country. Moscow is not only the capital city it is also a major economic centre, famous for its architecture and a bastion of scientific and educational institutions. Moscow is a city of contradictions as it struggles with rapid social change. However, not only is Moscow trying to blend important elements of post Soviet rule with an expanding Western influence, it is remarkably delving into a renovation of its own traditions. Dynamic innovation in theatres are reclaiming the arts, ancient cathedrals are being restored and traditional markets are returning to the streets of Moscow.
The city is named after the Moska River and the first literary reference to the city was in 1147 when the prince of the Novgorod-Severski was urged to come to Moscow by the Prince of Rostov, Yuri Dolgorukiy. Mongols sacked the city in 1237, killing all its inhabitants. The city, positioned on the headwaters of the Volga River, rebuilt itself and returned to its status as a stable principality. Moscow history is rife with the names and events of the famous and the infamous. Ivan I of Moscow, Napoleon, Stalin, Lenin, the Salt Riot, the Copper Riot, the Moscow Uprising and the Russian Revolution. The city has been invaded by the Polish-Lithuanian army, the Swedish army, the French and the Bolsheviks.
Moscow is the main air traffic hub of Russia and international flights to Moscow are handled by three of the four main airports. Built for the 1980 Summer Olympics, Sheremetyevo International Airport has been the international hub until recently being dwarfed by the expansion of Domodedovo International Airport. Many of the flights to Moscow on major carriers now deplane at Domodedovo. The third airport is Vnukovo International Airport. Vnukovo is also undergoing major renovation and is expected to take on more of the flights to Moscow as the expansion nears completion.
There is so much to see and do for travellers purchasing cheap flights to Moscow. The heart of the city is the Red Square, which is usually the first attraction visitors wish to see. Lenin's Mausoleum, the State History Museum and St. Basil's Cathedral surround Red Square. One side of the square is edged by one of the Kremlin's famous long brick walls.
The Kremlin is a gigantic, historic site with stunning churches, gardens and the world renowned Diamond Collection at the Armoury. Take a stroll down Old Arbat Street full of tourist cafes, street artists, souvenir hawkers and cheap restaurants. Then take a rest at the fountain near the Bolshoi Theatre.
If there is time for only one visit to a museum in Moscow, make it the Tretyakov Gallery. It contains one of the greatest collections of Russian art and has the best representations of Russian icons and modern pieces by Russian artists. There are two galleries to the Tretyakov, the classical gallery and the 20th century gallery. The 20th century gallery is located in the Artist's House across from Gorky Park. One of the best historical complexes in Moscow is the Novodevichy Convent that is both a convent and a fortress, built in the early 1500s. Next door is the famed cemetery and the final resting place of Anton Chekhov, Konstantine Stanislavski, Nikita Khrushchev, Raisa Gorbachev (the former President's wife), and Boris Yeltsin.
Gorky Park is easily the most iconic of the world's city parks. It is chock full of amusement park rides, small cafes, and paths to stroll, all straddled alongside the Moskva river.
Other notable sites that are worth visiting are the Christ the Saviour Cathedral, the Garden of Fallen Monuments, the Russian State Library and the Nikulin circus on Tsvetnoi Bulvar.
Outdoor activities are numerous and Moscow is a great city for ice skating with winter rinks in different parts of the city. An adventurous visitor may enjoy a flight over Moscow in a MIG fighter or an Albatross jet. Other tourists can be found at the Kva-Kva Water Park, taking a hot air balloon ride over the city, at Park Sokoloniiki for hiking, and visiting the famous Moscow Zoo.
Shopping is plentiful in Moscow and ranges from kitschy souvenir vendors to the high-class boutiques with designer labels. There are shopping malls, shops and street markets that teem with diverse products from vodka to rugs.
The dining experience in Moscow should include a least one meal of Georgian cuisine. A Georgian menu is a little spicier then Russian fare but an ethnic food that must be savoured. Other international cuisines are available with sushi restaurants at the top of the list.
Moscow is a wondrous city to behold, explore and revere as a complex mix of gregarious natives, historical landmarks and modern delights vie for attention.