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EXCURSIONS

“Top-Travel” company offers different types of excursions in Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, and other regions.

 

1) Moscow City tour:

  • Kremlin (translated from Greek, the word means «a steep hill», definitely is the main Moscow sight, symbol of the whole of Russia. The intricate towers and walls of the Moscow Kremlin were built to a design of Italian architects. The Russian Government works in the Kremlin, so tourists are only allowed to the part of its territory where the cathedrals, the oldest Russian museum, the Armory Chamber, and the Diamond Fund with its unique collection of precious stones and jewelry are located.)
  • Red square (is the main square of Moscow, the place of military parades and mass celebrations. It came into being at the end of the XV century. The real name of the square in English must sound not Red, but Beautiful, as the Russian word «red» meant «beautiful» in the ancient Russian language. In old times the most important decrees were announced in Red square, the tsars and patriarchs addressed the nation from here. Lenin's Mausoleum - a building in the constructivist style (arch. Shusev, 1924) - and the Cathedral of Vasily Blazhenny (Basil the Blessed) are situated here.)
  • Metro (Moscow metro is by right considered an architectural memorial. It was opened on May 15, 1935. Best architects of Moscow built up the underground. Such stations as «Dvoretz Sovietov» (The «Palace of Soviets»), «Krasnie Vorota» («Red Gates»), «Sokolniki» and «Mayakovskaya» were awarded the Grand-prix at international exhibitions in Brussels and Paris. Facing the first stations took more marble than all the tsar palaces in pre-revolution Russia. During the Great Patriotic war the metro was used as a bomb-shelter. Today Moscow metro has over 160 stations on 11 lines. Beside commonly known lines, there is a mysterious «Metro-2» which links governmental buildings in the center of the city with a mythical underground town at the suburbs of the capital.)
  • Novodevichy convent (New Maiden Convent was founded in 1524 by prince Vasily III in commemoration of capturing Smolensk. In the XVI-XVII centuries women of the tsar family and noble boyars’ widows used to become nuns here. The main cathedral of the Convent is the Smolensky built with the Kremlin Assumption cathedral as a model. In the cemetery of the Convent many famous people of Russia are buried, such as writers Gogol, Checkhov, Bulgakov and Alexey Tolstoy, singer Feodor Shalyapin, composer Shostakhovich, pianist Richter, dancer Galina Ulanova.)
  • Cathedral of Christ the Savior (is an architectural monument with a unique fate. It was built in 1883 in a so called Russian-Byzantine style from the design by architect Konstantin Ton. It was built with people's donations. In 1931 the Cathedral was exploded by Stalin's personal order to make way for a huge Palace of Soviets in its place; however its unfinished foundation pit was turned into an open swimming pool «Moscow» in 1958. In 1994 it was decided to reconstruct the Cathedral. The building recreation was based on old photos, drawings and sketches, but using modern technologies. At the end of the XX century it took only six years to reconstruct the Cathedral while its original construction lasted 45 years. On August 19, 2000 the Cathedral was sanctified.)

 

2)Sergiev Posad excursion (is a city in Moscow region (was built in the beginning of XV century), 50km from Moscow. St.Trinity-Sergiev Lavra – one of the biggest Orthodox man's monastery in Russia, established in 1337 by Saint Sergiy Radonezhsky. It contains approximately 200 monks nowadays. The monastery is under UNESCO protection. Besides, city possess several beautiful old churches.)

 

3) St-Petersburg City tour:

  • St.Peter and Paul's Fortress (St Petersburg started with the Peter & Paul Fortress. The foundation of it was laid on May 16, 1703, and this date is considered the birthday of the city. Peter I chose the location quite well. From the small island (750 by 360 meters) between the channels of the Neva river in its broadest part, the fortress commanded the waterway along the river; so the route into Russia from the Baltic sea and the city itself were safely protected against any invaders by its mighty bulwarks. At midday sharp, a cannon shoots on one of the Peter & Paul Fortress' bastions and the people check their clocks or watches by the report of the shot; this tradition has been kept since 1736.)
  • Summer Garden (The Summer Garden (Letny Sad) is the oldest garden of St. Petersburg, a memorial of parking and gardening art of the first third of the XVIII century. Here the summer palace of Peter I (now historical and domestic museum) was located. The Summer Garden used to be the venue of court celebrations and receptions of foreign ambassadors; later it became a promenade of aristocracy. In the Summer Garden there is a monument to the famous fabulist Ivan Krylov, a follower of the traditions of Aesop and Lafontaine.)
  • Winter palace (Zimny (Winter) palace was the residence of Russian emperors. This grand building was erected in 1754-1762 under the project of architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli in the style of baroque. The length of the cornice of the palace is almost 2 km, there are over 1000 halls, about 2000 windows and the same number of doors in it. The rich interior of the palace was rebuilt several times, especially after the fire of 1837. The decorations of the palace suffered badly from the vandalism of revolutionary soldiers and seamen in October, 1917. In 1922 the building of Zimny palace was granted to the Hermitage museum.)
  • tip of Vasilevsky island (The Spit Point («Strelka») of Vasilievsky Island is the Eastern end of the island dividing the river into the Big and the Small Neva. For a long time it had been used as the main trade port. Architect Thoma de Thomon created the architectural ensemble including the Rostral columns. The dominant of the Spit Point of Vasilievsky Island is the Stock Exchange the composition and decor of which remind of the temples of Ancient Greece and Rome. Sculptural groups symbolizing the prosperity of the Russian Navy and trade decorate the building.)
  • Bronze Horseman (The Bronze Horseman is a memorial to Peter I, founder of St. Petersburg, created by sculptor Etienne Maurice Falkonet. Its opening on August 7, 1782 was timed to the hundredth anniversary of Peter's enthronement. The bronze horseman riding a raised horse at the peak of a rock is one of the best equestrian monuments in the world. In 1833 the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin wrote a poem "Bronze Horseman" in which the sculpture comes to life and torments the main hero. The monument is one of the symbols of the city.)
  • St.Isaac´s cathedral (St. Isaac's Cathedral is one of the best cathedrals of Europe built in 1818-1858 in the style of late classicism under the project of architect Auguste de Montferrand. This grand erection is inferior in size only than cathedrals of St. Peter in Rome and St. Paul in London. Its somewhat ponderous beauty and magnificence used to strike travelers' imagination. Malachite, lapis lazuli, colored marble and 400 kg of gold were used for the decoration of the cathedral.)
  • Nevsky prospect (The main street of St Petersburg is the 4.5 kilometer long Nevsky Prospekt. A walk along Nevsky is a sort of life-asserting rite for many inhabitants of the city. Everything is smart, fashionable and elegant here, always.)

 

4) Hermitage museum visit – The Hermitage belongs to the largest museums in the world. The Hermitage collection comprises more than 3 million of memorials of culture and art of various epochs and peoples. In almost 300 halls of the museum there are departments of pristine culture, ancient culture and art, Orient, a gallery of precious jewelry, the department of numismatology, etc. The collection of West-European art which features about 600 exhibits forms a special part of the depository. The actual tour order may vary (Egyptian hall, 1812 year gallery, St. George hall, small throne room, Italian art collection (Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael, Tisian, Michaelangelo), Dutch art (Rembrandt), French art (impressionists), Spanish art (Ribera, Velázquez)).

5) Tour to Peterhof (is a palace and park ensemble in the suburbs of St. Petersburg. It has been built since 1714 up to the second half of the XVIII century with the participation of architects Leblon, Brownstein, Miketti, sculptor Bartolomeo Rastrelli and other. Peterhof is often called "Russian Versailles" though Peterhof is far ahead of Versailles in terms of the number, variety and beauty of its fountains. Especially nice is the Grand cascade - a unique architectural complex of 64 fountains and about 250 sculptures.)

 

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