The Tretyakov Gallery

The Tretyakov Gallery

Just within walking distance of our hotel is one of the main Moscow attractions-the Tretyakov Gallery in Lavrushinsky Pereulok (Lavrushinsky Lane). The gallery contains the largest in the world collection of Russian fine art.

You can find the whole Russian classics in the original — famouse art works of Andrey Rublev, Viktor Vasnetsov, Ivan Aivasovsky, Alexey Savrasov, Ilya Repin, Ivan Kramskoy.

Everyone has seen these pictures in books or magazines. But to see the original works of the masters is a completely amazing experience. Considering each element of the picture, you seem to be transported in those epochs and touch the talent of great artists. It fascinates! You can dream up what the master was thinking about when he was painting a particular picture, what he was trying to say, what mood he was in.

The facade itself is also interesting. It was desined in a peculiar Russian fairy-tale style by the architect Vasily Bashkirov on the bases of Viktor Vasnetsov’s sketches. It all started with private house of the merchant Tretyakov. As his collection of paintings grew, new rooms adjoined the house. Today the complex of the Tretyakov Gallery also includes the building of the closed St. Nicholas church in Tolmachi and occupies the entire even side of Lavrushinsky Pereulok.

Muzeon Park of Arts

Muzeon Park of Arts (Fallen Monument Park) is situated not far from our hotel. It is an excellent place for unusual walks. This open-air museum contains more than 1000 sculptures, each with its own history. Most of them were dismentled in different parts of Moscow from the political points of view and moved here, some of them were presented to the Park by the authors. Here you can see clasics, avanе-gardу and public – art. In such variety of scenes and personalities it is possible to make a creatively different photo shoot session. Modern Art festivals as well as music ones and different master classes take place in Muzeon regularly. Educational pavilion — School and children's centre are working here as a going concern.

In summer one can visit an open-air cinema movie, where rare films of producers from different countries are demonstrated. Also you can get to open theatrical productions. On a pedestrian zone of the Krimskaja Naberezhnaya (The Crimea Embankment) one can admire fountains and have a snak in the café. Here yoga and dancing classes are held and there are also bicycle routs.

By the way you can contact the hotel staff about the current program in the park, as well as which way to go there.

Moscow Kremlin

Moscow Kremlin is the heart of the capital, the main symbol not only of Moscow, but of the whole Russia. This is the main item on the map of any tourist!

A walk from our hotel to the Kremlin will take you about half an hour. You can also use public transport or a taxi. Ask the hotel staff to help you choose the best way.

The entrance to the Kremlin is charged. You can buy just an entrance ticket, but it's much better to take an excursion, because the history of the Kremlin, its historical monuments is incredibly interesting!

The territory of the Kremlin occupies more than 27 hectares, there are dozens of historical buildings on it. In the walls of the Moscow Kremlin there are 20 towers, 1045 bettlements, the length of the wall is about 2.5 km.

Thousands of unique exhibits are collected in the museums of the Kremlin. The Armory Chamber (Oruzheinaya Palata) is a real treasury of Russian history. State treasures, thrones, sceptres, the famous Monomakh's Cap (Shapka Monomakha), precious gifts presented to the kings by foreign ambassadors, dresses and weapons are stored here.

The Assumption Cathedral (Uspenskiy Sobor) is the oldest building in Moscow, which has been completely preserved to the present day. Here the Grand Dukes were honored and kings and emperors were crowned. There are the tombs of Moscow Patriarchs and Metropolitans along the walls of the temple. To make a long story short a picture is worth a thousand words!

It is recommended to buy tickets and excursions on the Kremlin's website or at the ticket offices in the Alexander Gardens (Aleksandrovsky Sad). All other sources should not be trusted. The Kremlin Museums are open from 10:00 to 18:00 in the summer and to 17:00 — in the winter. The day off is Thursday.

The admission in the V.I. Lenin Mausoleum (Mavzoley V.I. Lenina) is free of charge. It is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10:00 to 13:00.

If you want to go shopping after the tour, the shopping centers nearest to the Kremlin are the Okhotny Ryad on Maneznaya Square (democratic brands are represented here) and GUM on Red Square (luxury shopping).