Park Pobedy,MGU,The Arbat And Meeting Another TB

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Pobedy Park

Got up and looked out the window and it was raining. No great surprise as that had been the forecast when we had looked it up before we left. Rain had been forecast for three days, but in fact it was only on that morning that it rained at all. The rest of it we got lucky. Had decided the night before to head for Park Pobedy (Victory Park), finished in 1995 to mark the 50th anniversay of The Great Patriotic War, as WWII is referred to in Russia.

Took the metro out and came up into the station and there was a side exit that just caught my eye as we passed. Went up to have a look and found the Triumphal Arch, ca monuemnt to the war with Napoleon. Originally built on Tverskaya where our hotel was, it was dismantled in the 30's when they widened the road, and then left in storage until 1968 when it was put up here.

St George And The Dragon

Back into the metro subway and out again at the park. Not much greenery in this park, but a whole load of paved sections, split into each year of the war, leading up to the war memorial nd the obelisk in front of it. Apparently this is the scaled down version :O, as plans drawn up under the communist era were scaled down. To the left as you walk up is The Church Of St George The Victorious, and the statue at the foot of  the obelisk is of St George slaing the dragon. Marina explained to us later that St George is the patron saint of Moscow.

As you walk up there are a series of plinths with carved flags at the top, and each one looks to commemorate some Marshall from the Soviet Army during the war.

Escalator At Park Pobedy
 Closer to the church you could see better how nice it looked, and we were laughing as our guide book described it as ''the simple church'', well not compared to Scotland it isn't :D. Beside here is a statue of a soldier that looks to have been shot.

There are some fountains as you go up to the memorial, but they weren't switched on when we went,likely still a danger of freezing up at this time of year. Reaching the obelisk it is carved with figures and the names of some of the battles fought during the war. The museum was closed as it was Monday, but we knew that before hand, and Valentina had told me that there was no English translations available at it, so we probably wouldn't have appreciated it fully. Wandered around the monument, and was a little surprised that they still used a Soviet banner draped at the front of it.

University From The Library

Headed back down to the metro station and we were half way down the escalator when I wondered off han just how long we were actually going to be on it. Park Pobedy is the deepest of the metro stations on the Moscow Metro system, with some claims as to the deepest in the world, who knows. But having asked the question, I had to find out and my son and I went back up the escalator timing it on the stop watches on our phones :D. It took a full 3 minutes to get up and 3 minutes to get back down.

 From here we got the metro back into town and changed lines to go back out to Vorobevy Gory to see another of the Seven Sisters, Moscow State University(MGU). Changed at Arbatskaya, and as we went down to the line my daughter and I both sussed it was the train that was already sitting at the platform, she dived on as I looked back and as the doors started closing I jumped on as well,getting caught by the door, since I kind of didn't want the wean roaming about Moscow on her own :D.

Linked Arms Statue
 Being able to read the station names in Russian meant we were thinking that bit ahead, and now my wife and son were left behind on the platform. The sensible answer was to get off at the next station and assume they would follow, and we didn't move from where we got off the train and the next one came in just over a minute later,we got on the carriage at the exact same spot and we were all back together again :D

Could see it no problem when we came out of the station, as it is the largest of the Seven Sisters, and unlike the rest isn't just plain grey concrete, but much more colourful and has more decoration. It really was an impressive sight, and as we were in the park opposite it I remarked that it is one of the best buildings I have seen, even compared to the skyscrapers in New York.

Building On Arbat Street
Most building be they castles, or office blocks set out to show something about the owners wealth or the designers creativeness. This just smacked of a building built to dominate and to show power, and that's why I used it as the covering photo for this blog.

As we got to the end of the park and were about to go through the underpass, I spotted something to my left and headed down to find a statue of men and women in a circle faceing out all linking arms. Still haven't found out what it was meant to be for.

Walked over past the university library and looked over the Sparrow Hills across the Moscow skyline, but although it had brightened up it still wasn't particularly clear. There is another metro station at the university, but with no sign of it and the thought of searching aimlessly we headed back to the one we had got off at.

Arbatskaya Metro Station
A request was made that we stop for lunch, it was after 3pm by now and spotted a sign for McDonalds and headed there. Turned out to be in a shopping mall,called Ashan City if my reading is right :D, so we had a wee look about it before finding all the restaurants up on the top floor. Free wifi -SORTED ;) Meant I could get back in touch with local TB Marinushka and firm up plans for meeting later.

After we finished eating it was back on the metro to Biblioteka im Lenin. My boy had been given Rubles from my dad and wanted to by a Soviet style fur hat, so we decided to go to the tourist souveir area on Arbat Street. Plenty of shops and cafes here and he had no problem finding one to buy. We only walked down a bit of the street, as i had arranged to meet Marina outside GUM on Red Square at 6-10 after she had finished work, so we walked back to The Kremlin.

Goosestep
Reached it just about 6pm as they were changing the guard at the Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier so we stopped and watched them goosestep off and then went round to GUM .

Marina found us no problem and we went into GUM and to a cafe/bar there and sat and had a couple of drinks and chatted. Then she took us on a tour up Tverskaya and off down the side streets where we saw the statue of Checkov, the city hall,Pushkin Square, a coupleof churches and the statue of some 60's actor. marina was great the whole time and full of loads of information and great to be able to get a local perspective on things. Eventually my son complained about being hungry, and Marina knew a good restuarant right about where we were, so we went there. It was a Ukranian restaurant   called the Taras Bulba Korchma, and is part of a chain.

With Marina In The Taras Bulba Korchma Restaurant

Nicely decorated and with marinas help we all went for something a bit different,except my daughter who went for the Chicken Kiev, but far better than the rubbish ones we get here. I had Golubsty, cabbage stuffed with meat and enjoyed it, though everyone except Marina had a try of it :D. It was late once we were done and Marina guided us back up the road to our hotel, before getting a bus home herself. Cheers Marina, you're a star 8)

 

Inquisitive says:
Erm, did I really tell you there was no English signage in Park Pobedy museum? I am not so sure about it.. And this thing with Metro separating the company has happened to me too, it feels a bit silly afterwards to have rushed inside given the frequency of the trains :D
Posted on: May 04, 2010
JP-NED says:
Beautiful [pictures Ian.
Posted on: Apr 15, 2010
Petra2111 says:
Great blog and pictures Ian! Thanks again for sharing!
Posted on: Apr 15, 2010
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Pobedy Park
Pobedy Park
St George And The Dragon
St George And The Dragon
Escalator At Park Pobedy
Escalator At Park Pobedy
University From The Library
University From The Library
Linked Arms Statue
Linked Arms Statue
Building On Arbat Street
Building On Arbat Street
Arbatskaya Metro Station
Arbatskaya Metro Station
Goosestep
Goosestep
With Marina In The Taras Bulba Kor…
With Marina In The Taras Bulba Ko…
Posters In Park Pobedy Metro Stati…
Posters In Park Pobedy Metro Stat…
Triumphal Arch
Triumphal Arch
Writing On Arch
Writing On Arch
Figure On Arch
Figure On Arch
Building Across From Arch
Building Across From Arch
Plinths To Commemerate Marshalls
Plinths To Commemerate Marshalls
Back Towards The Metro
Back Towards The Metro
Year Marker
Year Marker
The Church Of St George The Victor…
The Church Of St George The Victo…
Church Door
Church Door
Statue Of Soldier
Statue Of Soldier
Clutching His Chest
Clutching His Chest
The Not Working Fountains :D
The Not Working Fountains :D
View To The Church
View To The Church
Battles On The Obelisk
Battles On The Obelisk
View Back Down Pobedy Park
View Back Down Pobedy Park
Scaled Down Monument :O
Scaled Down Monument :O
Not Quite Singing In The Rain
Not Quite Singing In The Rain
Bottom Of The Obelisk
Bottom Of The Obelisk
Banner On The War Memorial
Banner On The War Memorial
Artillery Gun
Artillery Gun
Museum Behind The Memorial
Museum Behind The Memorial
Plinths
Plinths
Flowers On The Plinth
Flowers On The Plinth
Nice Bit Of Gardening
Nice Bit Of Gardening
Pipeworks -Russia made In China
Pipeworks -Russia made In China
Tower Of Moscow State University
Tower Of Moscow State University
Clock On MGU
Clock On MGU
MGU
MGU
University Gate
University Gate
Looking Straight Up At University
Looking Straight Up At University
Statue At Front Of MGU
Statue At Front Of MGU
Clock Face
Clock Face
View From The Park
View From The Park
Statue Of Lomonsov
Statue Of Lomonsov
Moscow State University
Moscow State University
University Library
University Library
Statue In Front Of Library
Statue In Front Of Library
Moscow Skyline
Moscow Skyline
Shopping Mall
Shopping Mall
The Doll In The Mall
The Doll In The Mall
State Library
State Library
Statue At Library
Statue At Library
Arbat Street
Arbat Street
Restaurant Enterance Just Off Arba…
Restaurant Enterance Just Off Arb…
Horse Fountain In Gardens At The K…
Horse Fountain In Gardens At The …
Aesops Fables
Aesops Fables
Ornate Water Feature
Ornate Water Feature
Changing The Guard
Changing The Guard
Back At The Gate To Red Square
Back At The Gate To Red Square
Back In Red Square Again
Back In Red Square Again
Time To Meet Marina :)
Time To Meet Marina :)
St Basils In The Evening
St Basils In The Evening
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