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Moscow is now over 850 years old. For the first time it appeared in the chronicle under 1147 during the reign of Russian prince Yuri Dolgoruky. And in the second half of the 15th century Moscow became the capital of Russian state.

Kremlin is a historical center of Moscow, one of the most beautiful architectural ensembles of the city. The clock on the Kremlin tower facing the Red square are symbolic to Russians as they start every New Year in the country. Kremlin Wall with its 20 towers encircles beautiful cathedrals Blagoveshchensky, Uspensky and Arkhangelsky, Granovitaya Chamber, Bell Tower "Ivan the Great", palaces, chambers, museums (including well-known Armory Chamber), enormous "Tsar-Cannon" and "Tsar-Bell".
Red Square is the main square of the city. It is famous for imposing reviews, Lenin's Mausoleum, the cemetery with the graves of statesmen buried during the Soviet period, incomparable St. Bassil's Cathedral built during the reign of Ivan the 4th Terrible, buildings of the Historical Museum and the State Supermarket (GUM).
Zariadye - Varvarka street. The outdoor Architectural Museum is situated here, the ensemble of Znamensky Monastery (17century), the English Court (15 -17century), the part of Kitaygorod Wall.

In the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts there is the Russia's second largest (after the Hermitage in St. Petersburg) collection of foreign art from ancient times and up to now.

The Andrei Rubliov Ancient Art Museum is the depository of the unique pieces of Ancient Russia icon painters.
In the Tretyakov Gallery one may enjoy the largest collection of the native fine arts.

You can't tell that you've really seen Moscow if you haven't visited some of the magnificent convents and monasteries such as Novodevichy Convent (XVI-XVII c.), St. Daniil Monastery (the Residence of Moscow Patriarch), the cherished village Kolomenskoye (the Ascension Temple of 1532, the Tsar Peter's the First Cottage, collection of Russian tiles).
Streets Varvarka and Myasnitskaya with "Russian baroque" buildings which are famous all over the world, Arbat street (so called coroner vessel of the country) which still remembers Krymsky Khan and Napoleon, the great Pushkin, Skryabin and Denis Davydov.

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