Attractions

Top Choice Convent in Arbat & Khamovniki

Novodevichy Convent

The Novodevichy Convent was founded in 1524 to celebrate the taking of Smolensk from Lithuania, an important step in Moscow’s conquest of the old Kyivan Rus lands. The oldest and most dominant building in the ground…
Top Choice Museum in Kremlin & Kitay Gorod

Armoury

The Armoury dates back to 1511, when it was founded under Vasily III to manufacture and store weapons, imperial arms and regalia for the royal court. Later it also produced jewellery, icon frames and embroidery. To …
Top Choice Church in Arbat & Khamovniki

Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

This gargantuan cathedral was completed in 1997 – just in time to celebrate Moscow's 850th birthday. It is amazingly opulent, garishly grandiose and truly historic. The cathedral’s sheer size and splendour guarantee…
Top Choice Museum in Arbat & Khamovniki

Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts

This is Moscow’s premier foreign-art museum, split over three branches and showing off a broad selection of European works, including masterpieces from ancient civilisations, Italian Renaissance and Dutch Golden Age…
Top Choice Memorial in Kremlin & Kitay Gorod

Lenin's Mausoleum

Although Vladimir Ilych requested that he be buried beside his mum in St Petersburg, he still lies in state at the foot of the Kremlin wall, receiving visitors who come to pay their respects. Line up at the western …
Top Choice Park in Zamoskvorechie

Gorky Park

Moscow's main escape from the city within the city is not your conventional expanse of nature preserved deep inside an urban jungle. It is not a fun fair either, though it used to be one. Its official name says it a…
Top Choice Church in Kremlin & Kitay Gorod

St Basil's Cathedral

At the southern end of Red Square stands the icon of Russia: St Basil’s Cathedral. This crazy confusion of colours, patterns and shapes is the culmination of a style that is unique to Russian architecture. In 1552 I…
Top Choice Museum in Kremlin & Kitay Gorod

Moscow Kremlin Museums

The apex of Russian political power and once the centre of the Orthodox Church, the Kremlin is not only the kernel of Moscow, but of the whole country. It's from here autocratic tsars, communist dictators and modern…
Top Choice Museum in Arbat & Khamovniki

Gallery of European & American Art of the 19th & 20th Centuries

This branch of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts contains a famed assemblage of French Impressionist works, based on the collection of two well-known Moscow art patrons, Sergei Shchukin and Ivan Morozov. It includes r…
Top Choice Convent in Arbat & Khamovniki

Novodevichy Convent & Cemetery

A cluster of sparkling domes behind turreted walls on the Moscow River, Novodevichy Convent is notorious as the place where Peter the Great imprisoned his half-sister Sofia for her part in the Streltsy rebellion. Th…