Highlights of Moscow

Returned from a week in Russia about 4 weeks ago, already processed a bunch of photos but didn’t have time to post them until now.

Russia was in my bucket list for a long time, so when Aeroflot started direct non-stop flights from Miami to Moscow last year I had the perfect excuse, they are now serving this route 3 times a week, you get there in about 12 hours. I was 8 days in Russia, 4 days in Moscow, 4 days in St. Petersburg, moved between cities using the fantastic Sapsan, the fast train takes you from Moscow to St. Petersburg in only 4 hours.

I really loved both cities, I had a fantastic time there, can’t say I liked more one or the other, they are simply two fantastic places worth to see and enjoy.

Moscow is one of the biggest cities in the world, in fact the most populous city in Europe, and that’s not the only big thing there, the city is expensive, but of course they have the bigest community of billionaires on earth living there. Moscow is also home to several World Heritage Sites, of course including the Kremlin and Red Square, I loved every minute of my stay, and let me warn you, I believe this is the longest post of my blog….

When planning trips I always try to see when is the best time of the year to visit, not this time, Aeroflot was running a great promo and I jumped all over as soon as I saw it, after all late march is spring right? well, not that fast…. as I was landing realized that it was going to be cold, you wanna know how cold? well, see this…

View from an airplane window landing in Moscow during winter time with snow in the ground. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

MOSCOW - CIRCA MARCH 2013: Snow storm in the streets of Moscow with people in the streets, circa 2013. With a population of more than 11 million people is one the largest cities in the world and a popular tourist destination. (Daniel Korzeniewski)
MOSCOW - CIRCA MARCH 2013: Snow storm in the streets of Moscow with people in the streets, circa 2013. With a population of more than 11 million people is one the largest cities in the world and a popular tourist destination. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

It was freaking cold!!!! that’s not the spring I know… but fortunately it was not like that all the time and I had good days as well, allowing me to walk and visit the most iconic places, and photograph them, of course all covered in white snow and with sections of the Moskva River completely frozen.

View of one of the many bridges crossing the Moskva River in Moscow, during winter time with a frozen river. (Daniel Korzeniewski)
View of Bolotnaya Square in downtown Moscow during winter time. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

View of a snowed square in downtown Moscow during winter time (Daniel Korzeniewski)

Because I had only 3 full days in Moscow I stayed most of the time around the city center and principal sights, walked around the Moskva River, the Red Square, and the Kremlin.

View of the Kremlin from the banks of the Moskva River in Moscow, Russia. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

View of the Kremlin from the banks of the Moskva River in Moscow, Russia.

 

 (Daniel Korzeniewski)

Facade of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow

 

MOSCOW - CIRCA MARCH 2013: Facade of the State Historical Museum in Moscow, Circa 2013. With a population of more than 11 million people is one the largest cities in the world and a popular tourist destination. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

Facade of the State Historical Museum in Moscow.

 

Detail of Facade of the State Historical Museum in Moscow while snowing in winter (Daniel Korzeniewski)

Detail of Facade of the State Historical Museum in Moscow

 

Exterior view of the Kazan Cathedral located in the Red Square in Moscow, Russia. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

Exterior view of the Kazan Cathedral located in the Red Square.

 

MOSCOW - CIRCA MARCH 2013: View of St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, circa 2013. With a population of more than 11 million people is one the largest cities in the world and a popular tourist destination. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow

 

Close up view of the Kremlin from the banks of the Moskva River in Moscow, Russia. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

View of the Kremlin from the banks of the Moskva River in Moscow.

 

MOSCOW - CIRCA MARCH 2013: Bridge leading to the Red Square in Moscow circa 2013. With a population of more than 11 million people is one the largest cities in the world and a popular tourist destination. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

Bridge leading to the Red Square in Moscow

 

MOSCOW - CIRCA MARCH 2013: View of one the famous "Seven Sisters" or Stalinskie Vysotki Building in Moscow, circa 2013. With a population of more than 11 million people is one the largest cities in the world and a popular tourist destination. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

MOSCOW – CIRCA MARCH 2013: View of one the famous “Seven Sisters” or Stalinskie Vysotki Building in Moscow

 

MOSCOW - CIRCA MARCH 2013: Cars in the rush hour in Moscow circa march 2013. With a population of more than 11 million people is one the largest cities in the world and a popular tourist destination. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

Rush hour in Moscow

So far so good, now if you are into rich architectural details, domes, and cupolas you are up for a feast in Moscow.

Detail of the dome of the Kazan Cathedral located in the Red Square in Moscow, Russia. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

Detail of the dome of the Kazan Cathedral located in the Red Square in Moscow

 

Detail of cupolas in The Upper Saviour's Cathedral and Terem Churches in the Kremlin in Moscow (Daniel Korzeniewski)

Detail of cupolas in The Upper Saviour’s Cathedral and Terem Churches in the Kremlin in Moscow

 

Architectural detail of the entrance of the Cathedral of the Archangel in the Kremlin (Daniel Korzeniewski)

Architectural detail of the entrance of the Cathedral of the Archangel in the Kremlin

 

Architechtural detail of domes in St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

Architechtural detail of domes in St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow.

 

Architectural detail of The Ivan the Great Bell Tower and Assumption Belfry on Cathedral Square in the Moscow Kremlin (Daniel Korzeniewski)

Architectural detail of The Ivan the Great Bell Tower and Assumption Belfry on Cathedral Square in the Moscow Kremlin

 

Architectural detail of dome in the St. Clement's Church in Moscow (Daniel Korzeniewski)

Architectural detail of dome in the St. Clement’s Church in Moscow

 

Detail view of the The Assumption Cathedral in the Moscow Kremlin (Daniel Korzeniewski)

Detail view of the The Assumption Cathedral in the Moscow Kremlin

 

View of cupolas of the Church of Christ's Resurrection, in Kadashi Sloboda, Moscow (Daniel Korzeniewski)

View of cupolas of the Church of Christ’s Resurrection, in Kadashi Sloboda, Moscow.

 

Golden Cupolas in the Moscow Kremlin (Daniel Korzeniewski)

Golden Cupolas in the Moscow Kremlin

 

Detail of cupolas in The Upper Saviour's Cathedral and Terem Churches in the Kremlin in Moscow (Daniel Korzeniewski)

Detail of cupolas in The Upper Saviour’s Cathedral and Terem Churches in the Kremlin in Moscow

 

And I leave you with two of my favorites photos, taken in the late afternoon overlooking the Moskva River with the Kremlin on the right and the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in the background.

View of the Moskva River with the Kremlin and Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in the background in Moscow. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

 

View of the Moskva River with the Kremlin and Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in the background in Moscow. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

Hope you liked it, as always I appreciate your comments, for prints or licensing information just click the photos.

More coming soon….