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Russian Cities Attractions: Weekend in Moscow: Where to Go?
August 31, 2007 15:02


Tsaritsino is a beautiful sanctuary-museum in Moscow. The main mystery of this place is the Big Palace where no one has ever lived. Its building started in 1755 according to Catherine the Great`s will. The Empress admired the nature of the place. The architect Bazhenov spent ten years constructing the palace, but the Empress did not like it and went mad as soon as she saw the newly built palace. As a result all parts of the construction were demolished. An attempt of Mikhail Kazakov to rebuild also was of no success.

After the Empress’s death the residence started to decay but luckily the citizens of Moscow found the palace attractive enough for being maintained.

Vorobyevy Hills (Vorobyevy Gory)

Vorobyevy Hills are one of the highest points of the Russian capital and one pf the oldest walking areas in Moscow. The Hills open a wide panorama of the city: here one can see the golden Kremlin domes and towers, Neskuchny Garden, and Novodevichy Monastery. Two hundred years ago Moscow citizens of all social classes and professions came to Vorobyevy Hills to enjoy the beautiful sights. Nowadays not much has changed and the area has preserved the same attractiveness: on weekdays here there are many tourist buses, and at weekends the Hills are full of just married couples.

Poklonnaya Gora (Poklonnaya Hill)

A legend says that the present Poklonnaya Hill where the Victory Park is situated, long time ago was the place where Napoleon was standing and waiting for being brought the keys from Moscow.

Poklonnaya Gora is the place where one can see the biggest in the world flower clock registered in Guinness Book of World Records. Its minute hand is 4.5 metres, which is 1.5 metres longer than the minute hand of the main clock of the country of Spasskaya Tower of the Kremlin.

It is said that soon a huge sea aquarium with the total area of 20 thousand square metres must appear at Poklonnaya Gora. Here there will be situated an underwater restaurant, cinema, a museum of musical fountains, and a hotel.

Alexandrovsky Sad (Alexandrovsky Garden)

Alexandrovsky Garden is one of the first public gardens in Moscow. It is situated in the very centre of the city, along the western Kremlin’s wall. The basis of the garden is three alleys parallel with the Kremlin wall. The great iron gates symbolize the victory over Napoleon in the Patriotic War of 1812.

Losiny Ostrov (Elk Island)

The name of this forestland is explained with the fact that a lot of elks dwelt there in older times; elks can be found in this area nowadays also – this is why the territory has a status of a national park. Fauna of the island is represented by more than 230 species of animals, over 160 species of birds, and 15 fish species. The area is also interesting due to its historical-archaeological sightseeing spots.

Botanichesky Sad (Botanic Garden)

The main botanic garden of the Russian Academy of Sciences is a unique place. Several generations of the academy fellows have gathered the richest collections of plants representing the diverse plant kingdom of the world.

The Botanic Garden has many expositions and collections, including a collection of tropical and subtropical plants, flora of the European part of Russia, Siberia, and the Far East. The tree nursery is the biggest exposition of the Botanic Garden while the Japanese Garden is considered to be its pearl.


Lavrentyeva Natalya

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