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Moscow Introduction


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Moscow, Russia, is changing fast. Once-empty shops have become expensive restaurants, designer boutiques and 24-hour convenience stores. Moscow's nightlife, which used to be restricted to cheesy singers at bad restaurants, has exploded into one of the most vibrant party scenes in Europe. Yet the most surprising thing about today's Moscow is its normality—after years of massive upheaval, it has transformed itself into something resembling a typical European capital city.   Click here to see the full Moscow travel guide on Travel42 »

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Moscow Geography


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Moscow's heart and soul, as well as its geographic center, is the Kremlin—a triangular, walled citadel on the Moskva River bordered by Red Square and Alexander Gardens. Inseparable from the Kremlin as part of the historic and spiritual center of Moscow is Red Square. Surrounding Red Square are such attractions as the Historical Museum, GUM (Russia's biggest department store), Kazan Cathedral, the reconstructed Resurrection Gates, St. Basil's Cathedral and the Lenin Mausoleum.  Click here to see the full Moscow travel guide on Travel42 »

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Moscow History


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Moscow was founded in 1147 by Prince Yury Dolgoruky, and, thanks to its position along some major trade routes, it became prominent among the independent states that battled for dominance in medieval Russia. Ivan III (also known as Ivan the Great) secured the pre-eminence of the region in the late 1400s and built much of the old Kremlin area that still dominates the city's skyline. His grandson Ivan IV (the notorious Ivan the Terrible) crowned himself Russia's first czar, a Russianized version of "Caesar," after conquering the Tartars, who had terrorized Russia for three centuries. In honor of his historic victory, he built St. Basil's Cathedral on Red Square in 1568—still the city's most famous landmark.   Click here to see the full Moscow travel guide on Travel42 »

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Moscow Sightseeing & Things to Do


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The best way to introduce yourself to the capital of Russia is to head straight for Red Square, in the very center of Moscow. There you'll find three of the most enduring symbols of Russia: onion-domed St. Basil's Cathedral, the Kremlin (the centuries-old seat of Russian rulers) and Lenin's Tomb, in which the embalmed body of the Soviet Union's founder lies.  Click here to see the full Moscow travel guide on Travel42 »

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Moscow Nightlife


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Moscow's nightlife has undergone a dramatic revolution throughout the past few decades: It's now one of the wildest, most decadent cities in Europe with a wide range of clubs, discos and bars. It's also surprisingly sophisticated. There still are a few strip joints around that are worth a visit for their historic interest, but the real style gurus hang out at excluzivny techno clubs and yuppie bars, students go to pulsing rave clubs, and the bohemian crowd flocks to underground squats and smoky dive bars. At the trendy clubs, be ready for heavy-duty "face control"—beautiful people are let in, and others are turned away.   Click here to see the full Moscow travel guide on Travel42 »

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Moscow Restaurants & Dining


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Finding a good restaurant in Moscow used to be difficult—but not anymore. Moscow now has a wide selection of restaurants in all price ranges, though dining out is still relatively expensive compared with other countries. Also expect restaurants offering Italian or French cuisine being affected by the recent import ban on food from countries of the European Union. Fortunately, the popularity of super-high-end restaurants appears to be ending, and moderately priced eateries have been springing up regularly.  Click here to see the full Moscow travel guide on Travel42 »

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