Top 5 Must Do's in Moscow

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Moscow is the center of everything in Russia, whether it be culture or finance. It is the largest city in Russia (also the capital), and when it comes to the metropolitan area, it is the largest in Europe. There are 3 international airports in Moscow, making the city easy and cheap (depending on where you are departing from) to get to. This city is also home to the second busiest metro in the world, which is great because Moscow is so big that you will need transportation to get to some of these sites. Moscow is very much a place of wonder and majesty. Here you will find more than an abundant number of important sites.

1. The Kremlin - This is likely the most popular tourist site in Moscow. It is a large walled area that includes numerous important buildings. The Kremlin sits next to the Red Square and holds, in it's walls, the State Kremlin Palace, the Senate building, the Czar Cannon and Bell, Cathedral Square holding numerous churches, Ivan the Great Bell Tower,the Armory, and the Terem, Faceted, and Great Krimlin Palaces.

2. The Red Square - The is one of the most well known city squares in the world. Around the square includes: Lenin's Mausoleum, St. Basil's Cathedral, Kazan Cathedral, the State Historical Museum, the Iberian Gate and Chapel and the statue of Kuzma Minin and Dmitry Pozharsky.  

3. Cathedral of Christ the Savior - This is the tallest Eastern Orthodox church in the world. Construction of the building was done in 1860, but it would be another 20 years of painting by some of the most talented Muscovites before doors opened. In 1931 the cathedral was bombed to pieces, but it was rebuilt in it's full splendor.

4. Novodevichy Convent - One of the most popular cloisters (a building with a covered walkway facing a courtyard) in Moscow. Attached is the Our Lady of Smolensk 5-domed cathedral built between 1524-1525. The wall paintings inside are some of the most beautiful in the city. 4 other churches are in the square as well as ancient artifacts such as paintings, ceramics, woodwork and textiles.

5. Moscow Zoo - Here is a site for all ages, all religions and all interests! The zoo was founded in 1864 and has slowly gotten larger. Now there are 6,000 animals of over 1,000 species. You will find marsupials, bats, lemurs, elephants, sloths, giraffes just to name a few. Adult admission is a little over $3.

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