Red Square And Down By The River

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St Nicholas' Tower And Museum

With the three hour time difference we weren't up particularly early but still out for 10 o'clock. Having taken a wrong turning the previous night, managed to do the same thing today. Headed towards the Marriott Tverskaya, sice Tverskaya was one of the next metro stations on the way down to Red Square. Walked for a bit and came across the Belorusskaya Railway Station, and that didn't trigger any warning. As we kept walking the areas round about were becoming increasingly run down and after we crossed the motorway and reached the Dynamo stadium, which to me didn't look like it gets used any more.

Luckily there is a metro station there and we hopped on a train back down to Teatralnaya and headed once more for Red Square. This time the area in front of it, in the Ploshad Revolyutsii,was more like Disneyland with folk dressed up in cartoon character suits.

Lamp
The Lenin and Stalin look alikes I could get, but why blue rhinos, Spongebob Square Pants and Bart Simpson :-O . Went into Red Square and wandered round and up to the middle to see Lenin's Mausoleum. It was after 1pm by now, so it was closed and we headed across the square and into GUM. Mainly full now of high end retailers but it still has the three lines and an enormous glass roof.

Back out and down to St Basils which looked just as impressive during the day with the sun shining on the onion domes. Found the ticket booth and went inside. Not one big church really,but a series of small chapels with one in about every pillar. Some great icons and wall brightly painted and here at least you were free to take photographs. Having seen that we headed down to the River Moskva and from the bridge got a great view back to Red Square and The Kremlin along the river.

Kotelnicheskaya Embankment Building
We carried on over the river and then the canal into Pyatnitskaya Ulitsa  and found a walk marked in the guidebook we had and followed it round finding loads more churches. While strolling round here we came across a McDonalds, and wnet in, me not so much for the food but for the free wifi. Having discovered this was in all their restaurants in Moscow we went there most days for lunch so that my daughter and I could feed our internet addiction on our phones.

When we had come back round to the top we headed along the river towards one of the 'Seven Sisters', a series of gothic style skyscrapers built between 1947 and 1954. this one was the Kotelnicheskaya Embankment Building.

Pilgrim Poster
The sheer scale of it was impressive and it was still adorned with all the Soviet symbols from when it was built. Decided to head back into town and cut through a small park and up past the synagogue until we came to the square at Kitay-Gorod where there was one of many of the small chapels you find dotted all around Moscow.

Walked up one more block to Lubyanka. Here are the headquarters of the old KGB. The building was orginally built as an insurce companies headquarters, but was seized by the government after the revolution . It still houses some of the FSB security service and there is a KGB museum in it now. Across from it in the park there is the Solovetsky Stone, a memorial to the 40,000 Moscow citizens that were shot on political grounds. There was also a couple of imrovised shrines remembering those who had been killed in the bomb blast in the Lubyanka Metro station the previous Monday.

Solovetsky Stone
Now gone 6pm we decided to head back to the hotel and went down into the metro. As we reached the bottom of the escalator there was a crowd gathered and there was a table wich was covered in flowers as people again remembered those killed here a few days earlier. Went onto the platform and you could see the damage where chunks of the walls had been been hit by fragments.

Back at the hotel decided to go for a swim and relax a bit in the jacuzzi before heading out for dinner. Went out to a place called Mi Piace which  is again another chain. Was reasonable enough, and I had a few beers, but with wine costing £40 a bottle my wife just stuck to water :D. Meal done it was back to the hotel and time for a nightcap in the room

Petra2111 says:
Love this blog and photos, thanks for sharing!
Posted on: Apr 15, 2010
Dr_Seuss says:
It was 6 o'clock on Sunday night by the time we got up there Vance. Still it would have been interesting. For all we saw, there was still plenty more we could have done. An excuse to go back
Posted on: Apr 13, 2010
vances says:
Didn't check out the KGB Museum?
Posted on: Apr 13, 2010
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St Nicholas Tower And Museum
St Nicholas' Tower And Museum
Lamp
Lamp
Kotelnicheskaya Embankment Building
Kotelnicheskaya Embankment Building
Pilgrim Poster
Pilgrim Poster
Solovetsky Stone
Solovetsky Stone
Enterance To Belorusskaya Station
Enterance To Belorusskaya Station
Belorusskaya Railway Station
Belorusskaya Railway Station
Motorway
Motorway
Dynamo Stadium
Dynamo Stadium
Inside the Ground
Inside the Ground
Dynamo Metro Station
Dynamo Metro Station
Ceiling In Dynamo Station
Ceiling In Dynamo Station
Bolshoi Theatre
Bolshoi Theatre
Karl Marx
Karl Marx
Fountain
Fountain
Marshall Zukov Statue
Marshall Zukov Statue
Lenin And Stalin
Lenin And Stalin
Tomb Of unknown Soldier
Tomb Of unknown Soldier
Through Saviours Gate
Through Saviour's Gate
At Saviours Gate
At Saviour's Gate
Museum Enterance
Museum Enterance
GUM In The Daytime
GUM In The Daytime
Kazan Cathedral By Day
Kazan Cathedral By Day
GUM Enterance
GUM Enterance
Fountain In GUM
Fountain In GUM
Glass Roof In GUM
Glass Roof In GUM
Lenins Mausoleum
Lenin's Mausoleum
St Basils In The Sun
St Basils In The Sun
Statue In Front Of St Basils
Statue In Front Of St Basils
Icons
Icons
Old Picture Of Red Square
Old Picture Of Red Square
Looking Up Into One Of The Domes
Looking Up Into One Of The Domes
Picture Painted On Wall
Picture Painted On Wall
Wall And Windows
Wall And Windows
Decorative Door
Decorative Door
Onion Domes
Onion Domes
Me At St Basils
Me At St Basils
Looking Back From the Bridge
Looking Back From the Bridge
Down River To Christ The Saviour C…
Down River To Christ The Saviour …
Kremlin Along The River
Kremlin Along The River
On The Bridge
On The Bridge
Church Of the Resurrection In Kada…
Church Of the Resurrection In Kad…
Church Of The Consolation Of All S…
Church Of The Consolation Of All …
Church Of St john The Baptist
Church Of St john The Baptist
Kotelnicheskaya Embankment Buildin…
Kotelnicheskaya Embankment Buildi…
Front Of Kotelnicheskaya Embankmen…
Front Of Kotelnicheskaya Embankme…
Figures On The Kotelnicheskaya Emb…
Figures On The Kotelnicheskaya Em…
Hammer And Sickle On Kotelnicheska…
Hammer And Sickle On Kotelnichesk…
Park At Ploshad Jauzskie Vorota
Park At Ploshad Jauzskie Vorota
Monument Across From Synagogue
Monument Across From Synagogue
Synagogue
Synagogue
Helping Hand To Open the Door
Helping Hand To Open the Door
Chapel At Kitay-Gorod
Chapel At Kitay-Gorod
Walls Of Chapel At Kitay-Gorod
Walls Of Chapel At Kitay-Gorod
Clock At Lubyanka
Clock At Lubyanka
Memorial At Lubyanka
Memorial At Lubyanka
Lubyanka FSB Building
Lubyanka FSB Building
Remembering Victims Down In Lubyan…
Remembering Victims Down In Lubya…
Ceiling at Mayakovskaya Metro Stat…
Ceiling at Mayakovskaya Metro Sta…
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