You’ve seen the colourful domes St. Basil’s Cathedral, heard about the Kremlin Palace and complex, the Red Square and Moscow’s many beautiful underground stations. If you want to explore more, we ask you now, to join us for a walk through the city’s lesser known, yet equally popular areas covering Manege Square, Alexander Gardens and the exterior of Kremlin.
The tour begins at Italian artist Guiseppe Arcimboldo’s quirky works displayed outdoors at Manege Square. ‘Painted’ with real fruits, vegetables, leaves, flowers, plants, books and other daily-use objects, these works of art make for perfect Instagram photos! Look around to identify two red brick buildings typical to the region. Moscow City Hall and the larger and darker-red State Historical Museum are marvelous storehouses of ancient relics, artefacts and manuscripts from centuries ago, exotic gifts from many nation heads, trophies of victory, an expansive coin collection and so many other such wonderful exhibits.
Manege Square by itself is very lively and is commonly used as a venue for fairs, celebrations, parades and winter markets. Plenty of trading stalls find their way here, especially during Christmas season when the air seems to forever be filled with the sweet aromas of freshly baked waffles or hot ginger beverages. Our younger audience will surely be surprised to know what lies within the glass domes that suddenly appear on the ground, before approaching the rotating one to try their luck at reading the time. Mind you, this is no simple clock!
The square is edged by the city’s most prominent roads – Tverskaya Street, that seems to be dotted with many luxurious shops and hotels. Ritz-Carlton, the most luxurious and the one most frequented by Presidents, Queens, Kings, celebrities, VIP persons and the like, is even alleged to have secret underground tunnels for the anonymous entry/exit of such people (anything’s possible in Russia, right?)
We return to the square and walk towards Alexander Garden. Before approaching the commemorative iron-clad grille gates, we see a massive yellow building in the Kremlin complex – the Arsenal. It houses the currently serving Kremlin regiment, along with an enormous reserve of their weaponry. As we come to a close, we near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, to pay respects to the marine who lost his life preventing the Germans from invading the border during the Great Patriotic War (WWII, as it is known in Russia). If we arrive on the hour, we could be lucky to see the ceremonial change of guard when the two sentinel at the memorial change duty every hour.
Take this exciting tour and let students enjoy learning and seeing Russia from a new angle with our enthusiastic presenter.