Moscow, one of the most beautiful cities in Russia, which also happens to be the country’s capital, is a destination that you should visit at least once in your life. From churches, museums, and significant landmarks to a deep history and a culture that can take years to understand, Moscow is a remarkable city that will leave a wonderful impression on you for years to come.

If you’re heading to Moscow and want to see a few hidden gems, here are sites to add to your list of to-dos.

Izmailovo Kremlin

There’s the famous Kremlin located by the Red Square, but there’s also another Kremlin that not all tourists may not know about. Known as Izmailovo Kremlin, this fortress is extremely colorful with a mix of old and new. Completed in 2007, it was built to resemble traditional Russia and cultural architecture—you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back into the time of the Tzars several hundred years ago. There’s a market here that’s 400 years old with merchants selling all types of Russian goods and souvenirs. The area also has museums, cafes and more to explore. Plus, its fairytale-like design makes a lovely photo.

Church of All Saints

Saint Basil’s Cathedral, located in the Red Square in downtown Moscow is a beautiful church, but it’s not the oldest and not the only one. (Did you know Moscow has more than 600 churches and cathedrals alone?) The Church of All Saints, also located in the center of the city, is one of the oldest and was originally built out of wood around 1380. Almost 100 years later, the Church of All Saints was rebuilt with stone. Unfortunately, it was also once a site for executions in the 1930s, but then turned into a museum and then once again converted back into a working church after the fall of the Soviet Union. Although the inside of the church was destroyed during the communist regime, it’s been gloriously restored with intricate designs covered in gold.

Museum of Cosmonautics

If you think NASA in Houston, Texas is cool, then wait until you visit the Museum of Cosmonautics. For a long time, the museum featured only Russia’s historic space elements such as handmade satellites and various first programs. However, it was recently remodeled to feature not only the past technologies but also present—a fascinating experience not found elsewhere on the continent.

Ticket to USSR

Located in one of Moscow’s most beautiful parks—Sokolniki Park—is a little museum called Ticket to USSR. It’s full of items from the Soviet era such as kids toys, perfumes, electronics, decorations, books, and even rooms such as a classroom and an office. It’s another spot that transforms you back into a time when the government-controlled almost every aspect of people’s lives. Ticket to USSR is not very large, so will only take about 30 minutes to explore. Note, the museum is closed on Mondays.

Moscow is one of the largest cities in the world with an incredibly historic past and is loved by the locals and visitors alike. If you happen to book a ticket to Russia’s capital, we hope this guide will help you have an even better experience there.

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