The egg "Memory of Azov" is the only one in the collection of the Moscow Kremlin Museums, commissioned by Emperor Alexander III. It was presented to his wife, Maria Fyodorovna, on Easter in 1891 and dedicated to the journey of Tsarevich Nicholas and his brother George to the East aboard the cruiser “Memory of Azov” (Pamiat Azova). The itinerary included Greece, Egypt, India, China, and Japan. The Easter egg is made of heliotrope (a kind of jasper) and decorated with gold and diamonds in the rococo style. The surprise within is a miniature gold and platinum replica of the Imperial cruiser, fixed on a piece of aquamarine representing the water.
The Tsar Nicholas II presented this Easter egg to his wife Alexandra Fyodorovna in 1908. It was made of Sayan jade and decorated with miniature watercolor portraits of the tsar’s daughters and Tsarevich Alexei. Portraits frames and the first letters of the names over them were lined with diamonds. The surprise inside was the exact gold model of the Alexander Palace with rock crystal windows and a roof of green enamel. Originally this country residence was built by order of Catherine II as a wedding gift to her beloved grandson, Alexander. In the reign of Nicholas II the royal family mostly lived in Tsarskoye Selo at this palace. Jade was considered a symbol of love, hope, and happiness.
The Armoury Chamber collection, Moscow
Few activities are as magical as ice skating in winter holiday season.
Ice skating rink in Gorky Park (9 Krymskiy Val St., metro st. Oktyabrskaya) has become popular again.
Be ready to see a long line to get in when you come at 5pm.
Opening times: 10am-3pm, 5pm-11pm
Weekdays 10am – 3pm 150 rub
Weekdays 5pm – 11pm 300 rub
Weekends and Holidays 10am – 3pm 300 rub
Weekends and Holidays 5pm – 11pm 400 rub
under 7 – free, 7-12 - 100 rub
Skate hire deposit - 1500 rub( moreCollapse )
My absolutely favorite place for winter outdoor skating in Moscow is certainly the ice skating rink on Red Square (the GUM-Katok), offering one-of-a-kind views and good ice every session.info about Red Square ice skating rink on AskMoscowphotos of Red Square ice skating rink
It seems this year the ice skating rink on Red Square may have a worthy competitor. Gorky Park (9 Krymskiy Val St., metro st. Oktyabrskaya)
was always popular for its walkways and paths iced over for skating but frankly speaking the quality of ice has been quite bad there in the last years. Hope everything will be much better now. They started a reconstruction program in the park recently and principally changed its priorities.the-village.ru about Gorky park ice skating rink
I do not recommend booking Ulanskaya Hotel (Ulansky Pereulok, 16) in hot summer time. Instead of air conditioning, promised by hotels-world.com
, just a fan will wait for you in the room. The window could be opened, but it was 29C degrees (84.2 F) outside in the shade today. In order to make your stay as pleasant as possible an additional heating system is used: overheated towel rail turns the shower room into a steam bath.
The hotel says it is located 20mins walk from Red square. I can’t imagine anyone, who can do it for 20mins. It is a good time for a sprinter.
I believe information should be real.
540 meters (1,772 feet) tall Ostankino TV tower was completed in 1967. In those days it was the tallest free-standing structure in the world. You can estimate the view and perspective from the height of 337 meters on its observation deck and get great shots from up there.( + 25Collapse )
Actually, originally Moscow metro was named after Lazar Kaganovich. They renamed the metro for Lenin in 1955 and it still bears his name.
Forgotten things (Komsomolskaya Metro Station).( moreCollapse )
Two days after returning from space - on April 14, 1961 - Yury Gagarin planted an oak in the Kremlin. They say when Gagarin died 7 years later and was buried on Red square, the oak became ill, and for some time gardeners didn't even believe in its recovery. However, we are lucky to see Gagarin's oak alive in Tainizkiy garden of the Kremlin. I would like you to show this 50 years old tree, which commemorates the first ever space flight.
BTW, Gagarin's eldest daughter, Elena Gagarina, is director of the Kremlin Museums starting from April 12, 2001.
Bazillium Teatro - a theater of Extemporization, Experiments and Eclecticism.
(like Palazzo theater and Teatro ZinZanni)
Welcome to the "BAZILLIUM TEATRO" * - magical, luxurious and mysterious at the same time.
Forget about old-fashioned armchairs and rows. Only for you, we have prepared a hand-made velvet lodge.
It's a wonderful ambience and everybody is free to participate. You are not just spectators but you are actively involved on a fascinating trip through the world of supranatural and mysterious experiences.
We don't use speech, only magic, ancient circus art and the power of true friendly emotions.
The world of "Bazillium" is not just a show. That very vintage circus style together with up-to-date technologies contributes to incredible miracles.
Among the greatest magicians and creators of "BAZILLIUM" is the famous circus actor of the world-reknown "Cirque du Soleil" - Vasiliy Demenchukov.
"BAZILLIUM" is waiting for everyone who is open to miracles.( more miracles--------------------Collapse )
Exhibition in Moscow (Oct 15 to Mar 20)
ISAAK LEVITAN. To the 150th anniversary.
State Tretyakov Gallery, Krymsky Val
Isaak Levitan a classic Russian landscape painter is considered to be a creator of mood landscape genre. “Levitan's landscape” is an understandable term both to art specialists and art lovers. The exhibition shows approximately 300 works by Levitan, presenting the most famous masterpieces as well as less known paintings. Among the latter for me was his last unfinished painting “Lake. Russia” full of light and spring hopes and his bouquets of flowers. Flowers, painted by I.Levitan, are not the most luxurious flowers in the world. These are lilacs with their first scent of spring, wild flowers, cornflowers, and dandelions as an enduring metaphor for fleeting nature of life. Similar to his mood landscapes these are flowers for the heart and soul. ( +7Collapse )
Because of frosty weather or a lack of advertising or some other reason, I don’t know why, but there are less buyers at the fair than usually.
Sellers compete in the art of drumming up customers. They even teach them to bargain. Prices vary from 450 to 800 rubles a kilogram.
January 25 is known in Russia as a holiday of the students. It is the day of St. Tatiana and the day when Moscow University was established by a decree of Empress Elizabeth, daughter of Peter the Great, in 1755.
Today rector of Lomonosov Moscow State University Victor A. Sadovnichy expressing deep sorrow for the victims and survivors of the Domodedovo airport attack changed the program of the holiday, canceled all entertainment events, and encouraged everyone to humanism and responsibility.
I know a family of Americans who have lived in Moscow for many years. I was told their favorite place in this city was always the Novodevichy Convent, quiet, full of history and outstanding architecture.( plus 25Collapse )
Recently I received several letters from a foreign man who asked for advice on relationship with a Russian girlfriend. She was from Yoshkar-Ola. After some correspondence I understood that he was a scammer victim. I came upon information on Internet that a leader of one of the largest scam groups in Yoshkar-Ola was arrested and several groups of scammers have been caught.
However, the business is still alive. Yoshkar-Ola is known as the main Russian center for dating scams. The scheme of a scam is simple. Organized groups trying to scam money post introduction profiles on different sites, use photos of incredibly beautiful women, and write letters of love from their name to the potential foreign bridegrooms. The relationship progresses quickly. Gullible grooms regularly send money to fiancé for visa, tickets, insurance, learning English, as well as for their troubles and troubles of their relatives. Receiving the money leads to an end of any further communication.( moreCollapse )
COSMOSCOW, a new contemporary Art Show, will take place in the former Red October Chocolate Factory on the first and second floor of Chocolate workshop.
18-19 Dec: 12.00 - 20.00How to get there
I was asked about the flights involving a change of planes at Moscow and whether Moscow is an easy airport to find one's way around if you are not a good Russian speaker?
The main two Moscow airports are Sheremetyevo (SVO) and Domodedovo (DME). In my opinion it would be easier to change the plane at Domodedovo airport if your route allows you because at Sheremetyevo there are several terminals located not so close to each other.
At Domodedovo everything will be in one place and it is obviously easier for orientation.( plus 2Collapse )
Before the revolution of 1917 Krynkin’s restaurant famous for its excellent cuisine was located on Vorobyovy Hill high over the Moscow river. Looking at these photos you will definitely say that it was a charming place. I agree with you.( plus 2Collapse )
I invite you to get a panoramic view of Moscow from the observation platform located just in front of the Moscow university building.
The view from Vorobyovy Gory (Sparrow Hills) is especially lovely at night.( plus 3Collapse )
This is one of my favorite places in Moscow.
In Russian we call the university MGU and the main building of it among the students is known as GZ (glavnoe zdanie - abbreviation for the main building). It is an impressive monument of soviet architecture decorated by scultural figures in traditional for those days style. The university is the oldest and most prestigious in Russia and most picturesque. It was established in the reign of the empress Elizabeth, daughter of Peter the Great. This building of the university was constructed after World War II in 1949-1953. The 32-storey main tower is 240 m high. It houses headquarters, 3 departments – geology, geography and mathematics, lecture halls, assembly and concert halls, sports complex, residential area for professors and dormitories for students. The university campus covering over 800 acres includes over 40 university buildings located in a nice park, sports grounds, observatory, botanical garden, meteorological station, etc. More than 40000 students study at the university.
Church of the Resurrection of Christ in Sokolniki (1909-1913) built by the architect P.Tolstyh is located not far from the metro station Sokolniki and the park of the same name.( +17Collapse )