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  • 1. Armory Chamber

    Kremlin/Red Square | Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The oldest and richest museum in the Kremlin was founded in 1806 as the Imperial Court Museum, which was created out of three royal treasuries...Read More

  • 2. Bolshoi Theatre

    Kitai Gorod | Arts/Performance Venue

    Moscow's biggest ( bolshoi means "big") and oldest theater, formerly known as the Great Imperial Theater, was completely rebuilt after a fire...Read More

  • 3. Donskoy Monastery

    Southern Outskirts | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    In 1591, the Russian army stood waiting for an impending attack from Tatar troops grouped on the opposite side of the river. According to legend...Read More

  • 4. New Maiden's Convent

    Southern Outskirts | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Tsar Vasily III (1479–1533) founded this convent in 1524 on the road to Smolensk and Lithuania. Due to the tsar's initiative, it enjoyed an...Read More

  • 5. Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts

    Kropotkinskaya | Museum/Gallery

    One of the finest art museums in Russia, the Pushkin is famous for its collection of works by Gauguin, Cézanne, and Picasso, among other masterpieces...Read More

  • 6. Red Square

    Kremlin/Red Square | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    Famous for the grand military parades staged here during the Soviet era, this vast space was originally called the Torg, the Slavonic word for...Read More

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  • 7. Sandunovskiye Bani

    Kitai Gorod | Building/Architectural Site

    This impeccably clean banya, known also simply as "Sanduny," is probably the city's most elegant bathhouse, with a lavish blue-and-gold-painted...Read More

  • 8. St. Basil's Cathedral

    Kremlin/Red Square | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The proper name of this whimsical structure is Church of the Intercession. It was commissioned by Ivan the Terrible to celebrate his conquest...Read More

  • 9. Tolstoy House Estate Museum

    Kropotkinskaya | House/Mansion/Villa

    Tolstoy bought this house in 1882, at the age of 54, and spent nine winters here with his family. In summer he preferred his country estate...Read More

  • 10. Tretyakov Gallery

    Zamoskvorech’ye | Museum/Gallery

    On view are some of the world's greatest masterpieces of Russian art, spanning the 11th through the 20th centuries. The works include sacred...Read More

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  • 11. Alexander Garden

    Kremlin/Red Square | Garden/Arboretum

    Laid out in the 19th century by the Russian architect Osip Bove, this garden named after Alexander I stretches along the northwest wall of the...Read More

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  • 12. Amusement Palace

    Kremlin/Red Square | Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Behind the State Kremlin Palace stands this smaller palace used by boyarin (nobleman) Alexei in the 17th century as a venue for theatrical...Read More

  • 13. Andrei Bely Apartment Museum

    Arbat | Museum/Gallery

    On display are artifacts from the life of the writer Andrei Bely (1880–1934), considered to be one of the great Russian Symbolists—he's most...Read More

  • 14. Andronik Monastery

    Eastern Outskirts | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A stroll inside the heavy stone fortifications of this monastery, founded in 1360 by Metropolitan Alexei and named in honor of its first abbot...Read More

  • 15. Annunciation Cathedral

    Kremlin/Red Square | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This remarkable monument of Russian architecture, linking three centuries of art and religion, was the private chapel of the royal family. Its...Read More

  • 16. Arkhangelskoye Estate Museum


    This striking assemblage was begun at the end of the 18th century for Prince Golitsyn by the French architect Chevalier de Huerne. In 1810 the...Read More

  • 17. Arsenal

    Kremlin/Red Square | Building/Architectural Site

    Commissioned in 1701 by Peter the Great, the weapons arsenal was partially destroyed by the fire that greeted Napoléon as he stormed the city...Read More

  • 18. Assumption Cathedral

    Kremlin/Red Square | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This dominating structure is one of the oldest edifices of the Kremlin, built in 1475–79 by the Italian architect Aristotle Fiorovanti, who...Read More

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  • 19. Bely Dom

    Ulitsa Bolshaya Nikitskaya | Government Building

    This large, white, modern building perched along the riverbank is the headquarters of the Russian government and the prime minister. Before...Read More

  • 20. Borovitskaya Tower

    Kremlin/Red Square | Building/Architectural Site

    The main entrance to the Kremlin rises to more than 150 feet (46 meters). At its base a gate pierces the thick walls, and you can still see...Read More

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