Top Day Trips to Take
During Your Stay in Moscow
1. The Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra
Moscow is surrounded by the famous Golden Ring, a circle of Old Russian towns with magnificent architecture and fascinating history. One of these towns, Servgiev Posad, is well-known for its legendary Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra – one of the most beautiful orthodox monasteries in the world. Its size is so impressive that it’s often referred to as “an orthodox town within a town.”
The monastery is the main religious centre of the Russian Orthodox Church, which has been a pilgrimage destination for centuries. The icons and frescoes of Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius are masterpieces, made by notable Russian icon painters Andrey Rublev and Daniel Chrony. The Architectural Ensemble of the Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra in Sergiev Posad is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is also the birthplace of Russian Matryoshka, the world-famous set of wooden dolls that are placed into one another. A visit to Sergiyev Posad will allow you to experience old Russian culture with its monumental churches and tranquil lifestyle.
Suzdal is one of the oldest Russian cities, an area of outstanding natural beauty and a part of the famous Russian Golden Ring proudly bearing the name of its “jewel.” Suzdal was first mentioned in the historical chronicles of 1024. Since then, it has undergone numerous destructions and acquisitions made by Russian princes who were constantly dividing the lands, the Mongol-Tatar troops, the Polish-Lithuanian invaders and Crimean Tatars.
The brave small town was able to stand the test of time and battles, and despite these misfortunes, it has kept many monuments intact. It is considered one of the most beautiful and well-preserved cities of the Golden Ring. Modern Suzdal displays Russian architecture, with more than 200 preserved monuments, including the White Monuments and Church of the Nativity, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Other structures include the Holy-Efimevsky and Pokrovsky monastery and the Kremlin Chamber.
3. Kubinka Tank Museum
Explore the world’s largest museum of armored vehicles at the Kubinka Tank Museum and learn about war history, military vehicles and equipment. Built in 1972, it has since established a massive collection that continues to grow with new findings from battlefields and modern models of tanks. The museum is a truly unique representation of various armored vehicles, showcasing 300 exhibits collected from the beginning of the 20th century to present day. Once a private museum with limited access to the public, now everyone has an opportunity to discover the unique examples of tanks not found anywhere else in the world.
Fedoskino village is home of Russia’s oldest centre of lacquer miniature paintings. In the village and the neighbouring area, almost all of the locals are connected to this traditional craft. The secrets of making papier-mache lacquers have been passed through here generations for centuries. The craftsmen of Fedoskino are notable for their style, unique techniques and beautiful material that they use. When visiting, you will not only see more than 2,000 works of lacquer art, but you'll also have the opportunity to attend workshops and see the artisans in action.
5. Arkhangelskoye State Museum
Arkhangelskoye State Museum is a palace and park, boasting magnificent neoclassical architecture, a rich collection of art and a picturesque terrace park with antique statues. The beauty and architecture of the estate is compared to the Palace of Versailles. Its construction and decoration are connected with the names of architects such as Gern, Trombara, Petondi, Gonzaga, Bove and Klein.
Arkhangelskoye houses a notable collection of artwork from the most revered European painters from the 13th to 19th century, including Anthony van Dyck, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo and François Boucher. The museum also features a collection of decorative art, such as bronze work, clocks, furniture and products of Yusupov porcelain factory. The pride of the museum is its rare books; there are more than 16,000 volumes of Russian and Western European publications of the 16th to 19th centuries. The estate used to be the favourite and one of the most popular places of aristocrats, royal family and famous poets.
6. Kuskovo Estate
Kuskovo Estate is an architectural ensemble of the 18th century and a reflection of the Russian empire. The estate is located in a picturesque area near a beautiful pond, and it consists of the well-preserved Kuskovo palace, Grotto, Greenhouse, Italian and Dutch Houses, sculptures and French-style gardens. During the 18th and 19th centuries, the estate was a summer residence of the Moscow aristocracy and belonged to Sheremtievs, one of the most affluent and famous families in Russia at that time.
Once a royal estate, Kolomenskoye was a summer residence of Russian Tsars and the Grand Dukes of Moscow. The estate is located in a beautiful location on a hill next to the Moscow River, with a territory of over 900 acres (364 hectares). The open-air museum features the finest examples of Russian wooden architecture with a variety of monuments collected from all over Russia during the 17th and 18th centuries. Explore meadery from the village of Preobrazhenskoe, the tower of the Bratsk prison from Siberia, the gate tower of Nicholas-Karelian Monastery from the White Sea coast and the house of Peter I from Arkhangelsk.
The main attraction of the estate is the Church of the Ascension, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The church is built in white stone in an octagonal shape with a stunning dome at the top. Komonskoye estate also features the reconstructed Palace of the Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich, a reflection of 17th-century Russian architecture, and which was reconstructed in 2010 based on the preserved original model before the palace was demolished in 1768. Kolomenskoye regularly hosts holiday events and festivals
8. Tsaritsyno Park
Tsaritsyno Park is approximately a 20-minute drive south from Moscow’s city centre. The estate consists of a number of palaces (the Large Palace, the Small Palace, the Opera House and the Gate of Khlebny Bread House), stunning pavilions and charming bridges built for the Empress Ekaterina II. Since 1984, it has operated as a museum, and by the end of 1990s, most of the culturally significant buildings and monuments were restored and renovated. Breathtaking landscapes and ponds attract both tourists and local residents, and it is considered to be one of the best places to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature. There are also regular concerts and festive events that take place in the restored Opera House Hall.
9. Central Air Force Museum
The Central Air Force Museum in Monino is among the largest aviation museums in the world, and the largest for Russian aircraft. Here, see the unique collection of aviation exhibits, boasting 173 aircrafts, 127 aircraft engines, U.S. spy equipment and various weapons and aircraft equipment. There is also a library that provides interesting materials about the history of aviation, including photos, books and videos. Most of the exhibits are related to the Cold War and Soviet eras.
10. Kremlin in Izmailovo
It may be surprising to hear about Moscow’s second Kremlin, the Izmailovo Kremlin, which is a beautiful and bright complex built in a pseudo-Byzantine style, incorporating architectural elements from the 17th century. It’s a great place to experience Russian culture and participate in variety of entertaining activities. Explore the Vodka Museum, the Museum of Russian Toys and the Museum of Russian Costumes.
While you’re in Izmailovo, see the tallest wooden church in Russia, the St. Nicholas Church, which is 150 feet (46 metres) high. Savour Russian cuisine at the Palace of Russian Dining. To preserve the memory of your trip, visit the Vernissage, adjacent to the Kremlin, to shop for souvenirs.
11. Pavlovsky Posad
Founded in 1844, Pavlovsky Posad is a small town located 42 miles (68 kilometres) west of Moscow. The peaceful, rural town has a number of attractions such as factory buildings from the 19th century, a local museum, an exhibition center and the Pokrovsko-Vasilyevsky Monastery that many regard as one of the finest architectural works in Russia. Pavlovsky Posad is known for its textile business; see the shawls and kerchiefs that have traditional bright patterns at the Pavlovo Posad Shawl Manufactory.
The village of Gzhel is the inspiration for the name of Russian-style of ceramics boasting traditional Russian blue and white porcelain. Originated in 14th century, it also takes its name from the surrounding area of the village, referred to as Gzhel’s cradle. The works are bright, meticulously crafted and they attract attention from all over the world. Acquaint yourself with Gzhel’s history, see works of contemporary artisans, learn how to make the famous Russian porcelain and purchase pieces to take home with you.
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