Vladimir Astapkovich/Sputnik Dust off your running sneakers, stretch those limbs, and put one foot in front of the other. Now the weather’s improving you have no excuses. Over the last five years or so running has grown in popularity in the Russian capital. Amateurs and professionals alike are donning their trainers more frequently and burning calories all over Moscow. Introverts, party people, and endorphin junkies are making strides in parks, on the roads, along embankments - anywhere they can. Russia Beyond presents Moscow’s main running spots. Luzhniki Luzhniki Stadium Serguei Fomine/Global Look Press Who: For those who like to run with like-minded people Distance: 5 km Starting place: By Vorobievy Gory metro This is perhaps the most popular running route in Moscow. It loops around Luzhniki Stadium, along Novoluzhnetsy Lane, and Luzhnetskaya Waterfront. It has a running track made of rubberized asphalt (which is a good shock absorber for … [Read more...] about Run, Moscow, run! The Russian capital’s top jogging routes
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1. The Kremlin as seen from across the Moskva River, 1866 Archive photo; Legion Media This image was a gift album to Maria Feodorovna (Dagmar of Denmark), wife of Alexander III and mother of Nicholas II. Though the Kremlin's buildings, especially Orthodox churches, suffered much at the hands of the Bolsheviks, this area has changed little since that time. 2. Voskresenskaya Square and Chapel of Iverskaya Icon of The Mother of God, 1900s S.A.Baranov; Legion Media This place is now called the Square of the Revolution, and the red building is the State Historical Museum. This is Moscow's zero mile marker. Throw a coin in for good luck. In 1995, an equestrian statue to World War II hero Marshal Zhukov was erected here. 3. Smolensky Market, 1906 Sherer, Nabgolts&Co; Legion Media This was a spontaneous market on the crossroads of Arbat Street and Old Smolensky Tract, which led to the city of Smolensk. Now, a Stalin-era skyscraper … [Read more...] about Before and after: How Moscow looked in the 19th century and today (PHOTOS)
1. Fly the cable car over Moscow River Opened in November 2018, the ride is a fantastic experience, which quickly bagged the top spot in a matter of days. 700-800 rubles gets you a return ticket from Luzhniki to Vorobyevy Gory. At night time you get a bird’s eye view of the magnificence of Neskuchny Sad’s light display. 2. Dance, ride and chill at Gorky Park This centrally-located slice of heaven is the capital’s pride. Fun activities and rentals of every sort imaginable, cool bars such as Lebedinoe Ozero, or a game of boules and cocktails at La Boules. Or just a chillout session by the famous pond. When you’re in Moscow in the warmer months, Gorky Park should be at the very top of your list. In winter, a huge chunk of the park turns into a skating rink. P.S. And don’t forget to visit Neskuchny Sad - the long serene stretch along the embankment. Konstantin Kokoshkin/Global Look Press 3. Travel to medieval Russia at Kolomenskoye This … [Read more...] about 50 things you must do in Moscow: Our randomized guide!
Russia’s 21st-century oligarchs have nothing on their imperial predecessors. With assets of around $250-$300 billion (£190-£230 billion) in today’s money, were he alive now the last tsar – Nicholas II – would be worth more than all of contemporary Russia’s top 20 billionaires combined. And their image of unrestrained excess? Nicholas outdid them all. Among the tsar’s many extravagances were the largest super yacht the world had yet seen, dozens of diamond-encrusted Fabergé eggs, and 20ft-long, ermine-trimmed robes. Those years of giddy excess came to a halt in the cellar of a house in Yekaterinburg 100 years ago, when the Bolsheviks executed Nicholas and most of his family. It was a grim ending to an astonishing 300-year dynasty that had been consolidated at the end of the 17th century by Peter the Great, glamorised by Catherine the Great in the 18th and finally doomed by the inability of the 19th-century tsars to … [Read more...] about The last of the Tsars: on the trail of the ghosts of Romanov Russia
1. Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood Legion Media The church looks amazing from the outside but it’s even more impressive on the inside. Its interior walls are covered with seven square km of mosaic and the church is built on the spot where Emperor Alexander II was mortally wounded in 1881. 2. Kizhi, Karelia Kizhi Sergey Smirnov/Global Look Press Kizhi Island in Karelia, 764 km north of Moscow, is home to Russia's oldest surviving wooden churches. For example, the Church of the Resurrection of Lazarus dates back to the late 14th century. 3. Bermamyt Plateau, Karachay-Cherkessia Bermamyt Plateau Legion Media Bemamyt Mountain is 2,592 meters above sea level. It’s the “Russian Trolltunga” and offers the best views of Elbrus. 4. Ai-Petri suspension bridges, Crimea Ai-Petri suspension bridges Legion Media Ai-Petri is one of the best-known … [Read more...] about 100 most beautiful places in Russia – the ultimate list