MONUMENTAL MOSCOW
Business Traveller India|August 2021
This Russian metropolis offers a grand mix of the contemporary and old world charm
AKANKSHA MAKER

Standing on Moskva River in Central Russia, Moscow paves the way for Russia’s futuristic advancements with its industries, tourism and technological expertise. Known for its striking architecture, larger than life museums, bustling F&B and luxurious hotels, the city has intrigued many a cultured travellers. The Russian-capital is home to the third-highest number of billionaires of any city in the world, and has the highest number of billionaires of any city in Europe - as reported by Forbes in 2020. So you can imagine snazzy cars, fancy residential complexes and posh locals in almost every corner of this global city.

The metropolis is the financial centre of Russia and houses some of the country’s largest banks as well. Business sectors in Moscow have shown exponential rates of growth since the 1998 Russian financial crisis. The Russian capital also boasts of lowest unemployment rate of all federal subjects of the country.

Along with chemical, metallurgy, food, textile, furniture, energy production, software development and machinery industries, Moscow houses the headquarters of the many of telecommunication and technology companies as well. With a celebrated mix of contemporary business and the old-school charm, it isn’t an overstatement to say that Moscow is the face of modern Russia.

MOSCOW MARVELS

A visit to Moscow entails an entrancing tryst with its mesmerising architecture. The city’s exceptional and long-standing history comes together at the Red Square - one of the first stops you’d probably make on your trip to Moscow. This area is enveloped by some of the most architecturally spectacular buildings of the metropolis.

No trip to Moscow is complete without the exploration of St. Basil’s Cathedral - an orthodox church in Red Square of Moscow.

ST. BASIL’S CATHEDRAL

No trip to Moscow is complete without the exploration of St. Basil’s Cathedral - an orthodox church in Red Square of Moscow. Officially known as the Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed, the St. Basil’s Cathedral is one of the most popular cultural icons of the country. Now a museum as well, the cathedral has nine colourful onion-shaped domes - each one corresponding to a different Russian church. Every dome is designed like a flame of a bonfire shooting into the sky.

THE MOSCOW KREMLIN

A fortified complex in the centre of Moscow founded by Russian ruling dynasty of Rurikids, the Moscow Kremlin is one of the most renowned symbols of the city and country. It is famous for its structures including Kremlins (Russian citadels), and includes five palaces, four cathedrals, and the enclosing Kremlin Wall with Kremlin towers. The name Kremlin itself translates to “fortress inside a city” and is also often used to refer to the government of the Russian Federation. At the heart of the Kremlin is the Cathedral Square which is surrounded by six buildings including three cathedrals. Another distinct structure of the Kremlin is the Ivan the Great Bell Tower that stands on the north east corner of the square. This tower, resembling a burning candle, is said to mark the exact centre of Moscow.

LENIN’S MAUSOLEUM

This is definitely a place that may not appeal to everyone visiting the city - but it’s definitely worth taking note of. Lenin’s Mausoleum serves as the resting place of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin. The mausoleum houses his preserved body that has been on public display there since shortly after his death in 1924. The structure’s elements are inspired by ancient mausoleums, such as the Step Pyramid, the Tomb of Cyrus the Great and the Temple of the Inscriptions.

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