Must see attractions in Meshchansky & Basmanny

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    Winzavod Center for Contemporary Art

    Formerly a wine-bottling factory, this facility was converted into exhibit and studio space for Moscow artists in 2007. The post-industrial complex is now…

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    Lubyanka

    Easily the most feared edifice in Russia, looming on the northeastern side of Lubyanskaya pl is the brain centre behind Stalin's genocidal purges and the…

  • Chistye Prudy

    Clean Ponds is the lovely little pond that graces the Boulevard Ring at the ul Pokrovka intersection. The Boulevard Ring is always a prime location for…

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    Sokolniki

    Changed beyond recognition in recent years, Sokolniki park is criss-crossed by cycling paths, and blends into a proper forest bordering on Losiny Ostrov…

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    Old Believers’ Community

    One of Russia’s most atmospheric religious centres is the Old Believers’ Community, located at Rogozhskoe, 3km east of Taganskaya pl. The Old Believers…

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    Sakharov Centre

    South of Kursky vokzal, by the Yauza River, is a small park with a two-storey house containing a human-rights centre named after Russia's most famous…

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    Aptekarsky Ogorod

    Moscow's lovely botanic garden was established in 1706. Originally owned by the Moscow general hospital to grow herbs and other medicinal plants, its name…

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    ArtPlay

    A 'design centre', ArtPlay occupies the buildings of the former Manometer factory and is home to firms specialising in urban planning and architectural…

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    Museum of the Russian Icon

    This museum houses the private collection of Russian art patron Mikhail Abramov. He has personally amassed a collection of more than 4000 pieces of…

  • Bunker-42 Cold War Museum

    On a quiet side street near Taganskaya pl, a nondescript neoclassical building is the gateway to the secret Cold War–era communications centre. The…

  • Kremlin in Izmaylovo

    The famous flea market is only part of a big theme park that includes shops, restaurants, museums and monuments, all contained within a mock ‘kremlin’ …

  • Choral Synagogue

    Construction of a synagogue was banned inside Kitay Gorod, so Moscow’s oldest and most prominent synagogue was built just outside the city walls, not far…

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    Novospassky Monastery

    Novospassky Monastery, a 15th-century fort-monastery, is about 1km south of Taganskaya pl. The centrepiece of the monastery, the Transfiguration Cathedral…

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    Stalin’s Bunker

    A branch of the Central Museum of Armed Forces, Stalin's Bunker was built under a sports stadium in the late 1930s in anticipation of the conflict with…

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    Yelokhovsky Cathedral

    Built between 1837 and 1845, the Church of the Epiphany in Yelokhovo has been Moscow’s senior Orthodox cathedral since 1943. With five domes in a Russian…

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    Vysotsky Cultural Centre

    Part museum, part performance space, part art exhibit, this cultural centre pays tribute to local legend Vladimir Vysotsky (1938–80). Singer and…

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    Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya

    The Leningradskaya – now owned and operated by Hilton – is the smallest of the Stalinist skyscrapers that dot the city. At 136m, it towers over…

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    Krasnye Vorota Apartment Block

    This 131m Stalinist skyscraper houses the Ministry of Transportation. The block is allegedly slightly lopsided, due to settling of the soil on one side of…

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    Kotelnicheskaya Apartment Block

    Completed in 1940, this 176m Stalinist skyscraper towers over the south of the city, at the confluence of the Moscow and Yauza Rivers.