• With Lenin's tomb re-opened, now's a good time to visit Moscow

    2013-05-16

    The tomb of Vladimir Lenin has long been a large tourist draw in Moscow, but it had been closed to visitors as of late due to extensive water damage to the mausoleum's foundation. However, earlier this week, it re-opened to people visiting the Russian capital after workers injected cement beneath the building, according to The Telegraph. Of course, Lenin's tomb is just one of many popular destinations in Moscow, and many of them are certainly worth checking out.

    Kolomenskoye
    Located several miles from the bustling city center, this beautiful royal estate is a far cry from the popular image of the Kremlin. Kolomenskoye is situated on a stunning piece of countryside that is perfect for everything from picnicking and hiking to sightseeing or simply exploring the relaxing grounds. It's also an appealing destination for architecture buffs thanks in large part to Church of the Ascension, which dates back to the 16th century. Other highlights include the Golosov Ravine and a grove of oak trees that are among the oldest in Moscow.

    Moscow's many cathedrals
    Most big cities in Europe are dotted with unique cathedrals, but Moscow arguably has some of the best. A good place to start is with a visit to Saint Basil's Cathedral - arguably the best known structure in the city. The stunning piece of architecture dates back to the 1550s and is famous for its many brightly colored onion domes. It's so unusual that most historians say there is no building in Russia quite like it.

    Saint Basil's may be the most famous, but there are other cathedrals in Moscow you should add to your itinerary. The Cathedral of Chris the Savior is one must-see destination as it is regarded as the tallest Orthodox church in the world. Yelokhovo Cathedral and Kazan Cathedral should also be included on your list.

    Get a taste of modern history
    With a city as old as Moscow, it can be easy to get caught up in all of its centuries-old landmarks, but you should also check out some of its more modern attractions, such as the Cosmonautics Museum. It's unique design aside, the museum offers a compelling look at Russia's place in the history of space exploration and includes a large number of interesting artifacts, including a capsule used by Yuri Gagarin - the first man to visit outer space.

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