Moscow by night

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Moscow Kremlin
We came back to nap after our Kremlin tour, as us non-Europeans weren't used to the time difference yet.  At around 9 we headed off for our Moscow by Night tour, a bit of a misnomer as, in June, Moscow really doesn't experience night.

As it was still quite light out at first, we spent a while exploring the Metro.  The Moscow Metro is incredible - each station has police patrolling, making sure no vandalism occurs.  Each station also has its own theme, with mosaics or statutes or paintings on all the walls.

After the Metro, we finally went to Red Square!  Highlight thusfar.  Dusk was just starting to fall, and GUM was beginning to light up, so literally one whole side of the square was filled with sparkling lights.
Mom, Marina and me, outside the Kremlin
  The Kremlin lights came on, so all the towers and the stars on top turned red.

Then there was St. Basil's.  Oh my.  I first saw it as we got out of the Metro and passed by the Red Square gate, on our way to see the Tomb on the Unknown Soldier and the Eternal Flame.  I could just see its domes peeking through the arches of the gate - it looked unreal.  The colors are so vivid in person, and it's very imposing at hte far end of the square.  There was hardly anyone out, since it was about 11pm and dusk was falling - made for perfect viewing conditions!

On our way home we stopped at the Battle of Stalingrad memorial.  It's a huge line of red-lit fountains, each symbolizing a specific number of days and people killed.  At the end is a gigantic obelisk with a Winged Victory atop - puts Place de la Concorde to shame, it's more Washington Monument-sized.

Moscow is full of such statues and monuments - literally everywhere you look is something commemorating something or someone else.  It's quite moving, really, until you realize most of them were Soviet-commissioned to bring heroes to the country instead of religion.  Hmm.
bkretzer says:
This sounds much more interesting that I pictured a tour of Moscow. Good job on the blog!
Posted on: Feb 28, 2008
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Outside the Kremlin
Our whirlwind tour of Moscow began by meeting our table mates at breakfast.  Our cruise consisted of 220 (count 'em - 220) Germans, seven English-speakers (four Canadians and ourselves), and 2 Russian babushkas who sat at the table with us.  Our interpreter, Marina, thought she would be clever and seat us near Alexandra and Tamara Ivanovna, as I speak a little Russian, but for the first few days before things started coming back to me there was a lot of gesturing and blank staring instead of actual conversation occurring.

First stop of the day was the Kremlin tour, followed by the Armoury.
Inside the Kremlin
  I don't know what I was expecting, but the Kremlin is much better than I imagined.  Once you walk inside the gates, you see the Palace/President's house, surrounded by the military headquarters and the Parliament Building.  As you continue down the street, you see golden cathedral domes rising in the distance.  Upon turning the corner you realize it's actually the SEVEN different cathedrals that make up Cathedral Square, as well as the chapel that houses the Bloody Steps.  The world's largest cannon is also housed there, in case anyone cares.

We went into two cathedrals to hear choirs sing.  This was my first time in an Orthodox church, and it was a treat.  Every square inch of the walls and ceilings are covered with icons and paintings, and it's absolutely breathtaking.

We continued our tour at the Armoury, part of the military building inside the Kremlin.  This museum houses everything from crown jewels to coronation robes of Peter the Great, Ivan the Terrible and Catherine the Great, to FabergĂ© eggs and royal carriages.  It puts any crown jewel display I've seen elsewhere to shame, that's for sure!
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin
Mom, Marina and me, outside the Kr…
Mom, Marina and me, outside the K…
Outside the Kremlin
Outside the Kremlin
Inside the Kremlin
Inside the Kremlin
Inside the Kremlin
Inside the Kremlin
Presidential residence/former pala…
Presidential residence/former pal…
A large bell inside the Kremlin
A large bell inside the Kremlin
Inside the Kremlin
Inside the Kremlin
Inside the Kremlin - Cathedral Squ…
Inside the Kremlin - Cathedral Sq…
Cathedral Square
Cathedral Square
Inside the Kremlin
Inside the Kremlin
Moscow Metro
Moscow Metro
Moscow Metro
Moscow Metro
Moscow Metro
Moscow Metro
Moscow Metro
Moscow Metro
Belorusskaya Station
Belorusskaya Station
Belorusskaya station
Belorusskaya station
Belorusskaya Station
Belorusskaya Station
Kievskaya Station
Kievskaya Station
Kievskaya station
Kievskaya station
Kievskaya station
Kievskaya station
Ploshad Revolutsyii Metro Station
Ploshad' Revolutsyii Metro Station
Moscow Metro
Moscow Metro
Entrance to the Tomb of the Unknow…
Entrance to the Tomb of the Unkno…
Entrance to the Tomb of the Unknow…
Entrance to the Tomb of the Unkno…
WWII Memorial
WWII Memorial
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Et…
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and E…
Eternal Flame
Eternal Flame
Outside Red Square
Outside Red Square
Entrance to Red Square
Entrance to Red Square
Red Square
Red Square
GUM department store, lit up at ni…
GUM department store, lit up at n…
Outside of GUM with Alexandra and …
Outside of GUM with Alexandra and…
Lenins Tomb
Lenin's Tomb
Lenins Tomb
Lenin's Tomb
St. Basils Cathedral
St. Basil's Cathedral
St. Basils Cathedral
St. Basil's Cathedral
St. Basils Cathedral
St. Basil's Cathedral
St. Basils Cathedral
St. Basil's Cathedral
St. Basils Cathedral
St. Basil's Cathedral
Battle of Stalingrad Memorial
Battle of Stalingrad Memorial
Mom and Dad, Battle of Stalingrad …
Mom and Dad, Battle of Stalingrad…
Battle of Stalingrad Memorial
Battle of Stalingrad Memorial
Moscow
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