Moscow

Moscow

OVERVIEW

 

Moscow is the capital of Russia and its most populous city (seventh most populous in the world). It is also, according to Forbes, home to the largest number of billionaires.


 

This fascinating city has a rich history spanning the medieval Grand Duchy of Moscow, the Tsardom of Russia and most recently the Soviet Union. The President of Russia and the executive branch of the government currently reside in the Kremlin.
 

HOT SPOTS

 


The number one site to visit in Moscow, for many, is the aforementioned Kremlin (which also happens to be a World Heritage Site).

 


From the Kremlin, you can wander around Moscow’s infamous Red Square, which is not only Moscow’s central square, but the main square of all of Russia.

 


Other popular sites include Saint Basil’s Cathedral (with its famous colorful onion domes) by Red Square, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior on the Moskva River bank (which is the tallest Orthodox church in the world), and the Seven Sisters (a group of skyscrapers designed in Stalinist style combining Russian Baroque, Gothic and American building styles).
 

CULTURE

 


Moscow is a fantastic city for those who appreciate culture and the arts.

 

You can enjoy art museums such as the Tretyakov Gallery, the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, or the State Historical Museum of Russia.

 

If you enjoy performing arts, then there may not be a better place than Moscow, long the heart and soul of Russian ballet, film, theater, opera and other musical recitals.

 

LAND-BASED CASINOS

 


By law, all gambling activities were meant to be moved outside the city limits to specified regions within the past couple of years, but this governmental plan has not exactly panned out, and there are still plenty of casinos operating in Moscow.

 

In addition, to comply with the new gambling laws, many former casinos have replaced slot machines with what are now called lottery machines.

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