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Introducing Moscow

St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, Russia.
St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, Russia - photo by marantzer

Sitting on the banks of the Moskva River, the city of Moscow has apopulation of over 12 million people.Moscowis considered theeducational,financial,cultural and religious capital of Russia. It is the seventh largest city in the world. There are 3 airports and the metro system is known worldwide for itsartwork and architecture. The subway system in the city is the busiest system in the world. In 1480 it became the capital of the Russian Empire. Moscow has been invaded several times over the years by several different countries and in 1654 half the population of the city was killed by the plague. Today, Moscow is a thriving city filled with Western style retail shops, modern architecture and trendy restaurants and clubs.

Moscow is one of those cities that has old world charm and a modern attitude. The city is in a constant state of change and continues to excite the locals, as well as visitors, with its unique personality and unusual ambience. It is one of the most fascinating cities in the world and is also one of the most violent. People come from all over the world to experience the Russian culture and lifestyle. The city never disappoints, because it teaches basic survival tactics for the 21st century.

About Moscow Today

The city of Moscow is spread over 800 square miles. The city’s road system is built around the Kremlin, which is the political center of the country and the home of the Russian President. The roads extend outward from the heart of the city and intersect with a series of circular roads, which form what’s known as “rings.”

The city is known for its architecture, as well as for its churches. Saint Basil’s Cathedral and the Cathedral of Christ the Savior are two famous landmarks and a number of Orthodox churches that date back hundreds of years are scattered around the city. During Stalin’s reign the city had a dramatic face lift. He developed ten lane roads and extremely wide avenues and destroyed a number of churches and historic buildings in the city in order to make room for new development. During Stalin's reign the Shukhov Tower and other tower like buildings were constructed in the city along with shopping galleries and the world famous Red Square. The Seven Sisters were also built during Stalin’s tenure and they now define the Moscow skyline. Inspired by New York’s Gothic Manhattan Municipal Building these seven towers can be seen all over the city. The only structure taller is the Ostankino Tower, which was built in 1967. It is the 3rd largest free standing tower in the world.

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