Russia – Moscow – Cityscape

We hopped off the train at Moscow Station, the western end of the Trans-Siberian Railway. With our long journey from Asia into Europe behind us, we celebrated with drinks (vodka shots of course!) with our travelling friends, Sophie and Steve.

A drink with our fellow Trans-Siberian Railway travelling friends!

A drink with our fellow Trans-Siberian Railway travelling friends!

Taking advantage of a free river cruise from our train-booking agent, Real Russia, we got our first glimpse of Moscow from the water. The city is centred around a sweeping bend in the Moskva River.

Welcome to Moscow.

Welcome to Moscow.

We saw contrasts on both sides; apartment blocks and factories, Soviet-era buildings and modern skyscrapers, churches and theatres. Even the bridges were either old stone or modern steel and glass.Frame 3Frame 2

The entrance to a canal is guarded over by a giant monument with a ship stuck in it! The Peter the Great Statue, at 98m high, was built to commemorate 300 years of the Russian Navy, which he had established. Interesting that the great Emperor loathed Moscow and instead moved the capital to St. Petersburg. It seems the locals are not a fan of this either, having been voted one of the world’s ugliest buildings!

Peter the Great Statue

Peter the Great Statue

Yeah...it's pretty great.

I suppose it’s pretty great.

Further around the bend we passed the outer walls of the Kremlin on our way to witness one of the infamous Seven Sisters, a group of seven skyscrapers designed in the Stalinist style and arranged across Moscow. These imposing buildings are each topped with a Stalinist tower and loom over their surroundings.

Outside the Kremlin.

Outside the Kremlin.

Cruise on the Moskva River.

Cruise on the Moskva River.

One of the Seven Sisters

One of the Seven Sisters

Back on dry land, we explored the GUM department store. Facing Red Square, it is a massive shopping mall of designer shops and cafes under an impressive glass roof.

GUM Department Store

GUM Department Store

Slightly quirky inside, it was originally a trading centre, but rebuilt after the 1812 Fire of Moscow. The elongated shop galleries are crossed with innovative bridges making for a fun shopping experience.Frame 7

Outside, the shopping continues in the many pedestrian-friendly streets. Not to mention the famous kilometre-long Arbat Street, the historical centre of the city.DSC01689

There was much to see on foot. Far too much to cover in a few days as the city is a massive sprawling metropolis, as one might imagine Moscow to be.

The many angles of Moscow.

The many angles of Moscow.

The many faces of Moscow.

The many faces of Moscow.

We walked around enough to get a sense that Moscow was a proud mix of old and new, Soviet and European-influenced, dreary and over-the-top.

Wow Moscow!Frame 4Frame 8

Visited 4th to 5th September 2014.

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About starksepicadventure

We are Andrew and Lakshi Starks, young married couple from Melbourne, Australia. We are travelling around the world on our Starks Epic Adventure!
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One Response to Russia – Moscow – Cityscape

  1. Marta Frant says:

    Great pictures! That’s exactly how I remember Moscow 🙂

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