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  • 1. Armory Chamber

    Kremlin/Red Square | Castle/Palace

    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

    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 | Notable Building

    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 | Historic Home

    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

    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

    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

    Historic Home

    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 | Notable Building

    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 | Notable Building

    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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