Moscow feels completely different, and yet the same. At first I found myself comparing the swirls, curves and color of the baroque buildings in St. Petersburg to the more simplified, constructivist styles in Moscow. But really Moscow also shares some traces of the baroque as well as some art nouveau sensibilities, you just need to know where to look. Yes, visit the Kremlin, St Basil’s, and historic Red Square, but also try to see other neighborhoods. There are streets outside of the typical tourist areas which are just beautiful; with open parks and meandering streets, you get a very different sense of life here.
And of course, the famous underground! The circle line is a series of stops on the Moscow subway which is dedicated to the arts. Intended as ‘palaces to the people’, each station pays homage to a different medium: painting, sculpture, mosaic-tile and stained glass works are proudly displayed as part of the overall environment. A gift to Russian citizens from Stalin, don’t miss it.
Contributor: Denise Foley