Walking in Moscow Parks. Part 1

30 Aug

If you’re tired of Moscow’s noise and fuss, taking a walk in one of Moscow parks may be a splendid idea. Overcrowded in summer many parks should be definetely visited in autumn when they’re especially nice. There are dozens of Moscow parks which are worth seeing! Today we selected three beautiful parks, but we will certainly cover more parks in future posts.

Alexander Garden

Alexander Garden in the very centre of the city by the Kremlin walls is one of the Russia’s first public parks and certainly one of the most well-known. Massive gates lead in the Garden from Manezhnaya Square.

Александровский сад. Ворота

Having entered through these gates on the left side you will see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Dedicated to the soldiers died during World War II it is notable for the Eternal Flame and Guards of Honour (the guard mounting is every hour). To the right of the tomb there are dark red porphyry blocks which incapsulated soils from 12 Soviet hero cities of World War II.

Александровский сад. Могила неизвестного солдата

The Kremlin wall borders the Garden. Just go further along the wall and you’ll see the Kutafya Tower, the Kremlin’s only outlying barbican tower, and a faux ruined grotto constructed in 1841 to commemorate the victory over Napoleon.

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On the right side of the park, close to Manezhnaya Square, there is a number of nice fountains and sculptures.

Александровский сад. Фонтаны Манежа

Gorky Park

Take a metro to Park Kultury station, cross the brigde over the Moscow river and you’ll find yourself in front of Gorky Park. Opened in 1928 it used to be a Soviet Russia’s central park for decades.

Парк Горького

Recently the park has undergone a major reconstruction and transformed into an eco-friendly recreation zone. Today it is marked by beach volleyball courts, an open-air theatre, free wi-fi zone, contemporary public art exhibitions.

Парк Горького. Лежаки

Whether you prefer an active leisure or calm relaxing atmosphere, Gorky Park is a great place to spend a few hours or even the whole day. To find out more on the activities they suggest go to http://www.park-gorkogo.com/eng/about/

Парк Горького. Пляжный волейбол

Kolomenskoye 

Kolomenskoye, a former village owned by Russian tsars, is situated on the picturesque bank of the Moscow river. First mentioned in 1336 it became a part of Moscow in 1960. Today it is one of the most well-known parks and museums.

Коломенское

Church of John the Baptist was constructed during Ivan the Terrible’s reign in 1532, reputedly by the architect who is the author of Saint Basil’s Cathedral on the Red Square. The church is included in the UNESCO world heritage list.

Коломенское. Церковь

Kolomenskoye was a favourite residence of Russian tsar Alexey Mikhailovich. In 1672 he built there a great wooden palace with 270 rooms and halls and 3000 windows. A century later the palace was demolished, however modern architects and carpenters using the old drafts rebuilt it a few years ago.

Коломенское. Дворец

Today Kolomenskoye is a part of Moscow Art, History and Architecture Museum. Their webpagehttp://mgomz.com/kolomenskoe contains detailed information on the Palace and churches in Kolomenskoye.

Коломенское 2

But don’t think that Kolomenskoye is only churches and museums! If you go further, you’ll get into a pretty wild park with centuries-old oaks, lime trees and birches, find a spring with icy water at the bottom of the ravine and see an old cemetery.

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See also: Walking in Moscow Parks, Part 2.

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