Article written by Dominic Cudjoe Asebiah.

Moscow is a lively city, full of things to see and places to visit. From the Red Square and the Kremlin to tours in the outskirts of the city, there is something for everyone. You can shop, engage in cultural activities in the capital of music and theatre, or simply be captivated by the beautiful surroundings of Moscow.

  1. The Kremlin and Red Square

Metro Station: Okhotny Ryad/Охотный ряд on Sokolnicheskaya Line.

The Moscow Kremlin is one of the most ancient parts of the city and symbolizes the whole of Russia. It is both a cultural sight, as well as the center of the Russian state, and the residence of the President of Russia. The Kremlin is steeped in history. In 1990, the Moscow Kremlin and the Red Square were included into the list of UNESCO worldwide heritage.

There are many tours offered around the Kremlin, and various museums are located inside the complex, such as the Armory Chamber, Cathedral of the Annunciation, Cathedral of the Archangel, Cathedral of the Assumption, the Patriarch’s Chambers, Church of the Deposition of the Robe, Ivan the Great Bell Ensemble, Sobornaya square, and “Archeology of the Moscow Kremlin” collection. The Kremlin is open to visitors from Friday to Wednesday between 10:00 and 17:00.

There is no way around the Red Square and the bordering Kremlin. The center of Russia’s capital is a magnet for tourists and one of the most iconic squares in the world.

As many people assume, the name Red Square does not originate from the pigment of the surrounding bricks nor from the link between the color red and communism. The Russian word “Krasnaya” (The name of the square is Krasnaya Ploshchad) can be translated to either “beautiful” or “red”. Red square is a vast area and a main square in the city. On one side, it is bordered with the walls of the Kremlin on the other with well-known shopping center Gum.

  1. Saint Basil’s Cathedral

Metro Station: Okhotny Ryad/Охотный ряд on Sokolnicheskaya Line.

The first thing you’ll probably notice after entering the Red Square is the beautifully coloured onion domes of the Basil Cathedral, and a magical view of one of the most famous landmarks in Russia.

The well-known St. Basil’s Cathedral is located on the opposite side of the Voskresensky Gate of the Red Square. The cathedral was built under the rule of Tsar Ivan IV the Terrible in 1554-1560 in honour of conquest of the Kazan Khanate. According to the legend, when the Tsar saw the finished cathedral, he ordered the architects to be blinded so that they would not build such a beautiful building anywhere else.

Despite the gruesome story behind it, the Cathedral itself is an architectural masterpiece consisting of nine altars spread out on one single foundation. St. Basil’s is a must-see for anyone visiting Moscow.

But it’s interesting to know that the bright colours were only added 200 years later to its exterior walls. Another funny note is that the former dictator Josef Stalin wasn’t really happy about how the location of the church blocked the entrance to the Red Square for his mass demonstrations, so he considered demolishing the cathedral.

  1. Peter the Great Statue

Metro Station: Polyanka/Полянка on Serpukhovsko–Timiryazevskaya Line.

This monument is one of the tallest, but also one of the ugliest in the world according to several votes. The statue is located in the Moskva River just a hundred meters south of the Kremlin.

The sail overlooks most of the city center and catches a lot of attention. Peter the Great established the Russian Navy and to honour him, the whole structure was erected in the center of Russia’s capital. The funny thing about it? The great Pete was actually the man who loathed Moscow and moved the capital to St. Petersburg.The Moscow Metro

  1. The Moscow Metro

Must visit stations:

Mayakovskaya/Маяковская, Prospekt Mira/Проспект Мира, Arbatskaya/Арбaтская Kievskaya/Киевская,Komsomolskaya/Комсомольская,Novoslobodskaya/Новослободская ,Belorusskaya/Белорусская

Stalin used to call them the ‘palaces of the people’, and the Moscow Metro station truly does seem like a palace. Every ride on the Moscow Metro is a majestic journey. You will be amazed by the fancy chandeliers, the beautiful wall adornments and the marble abutments. Every station tells you a different story about Russia’s history.

Another exciting highlight are the escalators that take you up or down the stations. Sometimes you aren’t even able to see the end, especially at the Park Podeby Station where you can find the longest escalator in the world, measuring 126 meters. Nine million people use the Moscow Metro every day.

 

Cost of studying and living in Russia

The tuition fees charged by universities in this country are one of the lowest in Europe. As a student, you can pay as low as 1,500 EUR for programmes taught in Russian and 2,500 EUR for English-taught degrees. If you intend to study in Russian, you must enroll in a language training programme in your first year that usually costs about 1,600 EUR or more, depending on the school.

Cost of living is equally very low and affordable. A budget of between 200 and 400 EUR should take care of feeding, accommodation, transportation and other expenses for one month.