September 9, 2019 Our tour is underway now, and we begin with a Moscow city tour that focuses on the Kremlin. The Treasury and most of the churches we entered today would not allow photos inside, but the exterior shots are beautiful. Here are the day’s highlights.
We disembark our bus just outside the National Library, with a statue of Fyodor Dostoyevsky in front.
Alexi, our fabulous Moscow guide, leading us towards Red Square.
Beautiful buildings just outside the fortress walls of Red Square.
Soldier standing guard outside the Armory
Largest cannon in the world, which was never fired.
Largest bell in the world which was never rung.
Here’s the reason it never got used. It broke before it was put into position.
Exterior of the Archangel Cathedral of the Moscow Kremlin, where Muscovite princes and the first tsars of Russia are buried.
Domes on a Kremlin church
Stealth shot inside the Dormition Cathedral of the Moscow Kremlin which is the main cathedral of the Tsardom of Russia and the burial place of Moscow Metropolitans and Patriarchs.
Exterior of St. Basil’s Cathedral on Red Square.
Ornate doors inside St. Basil’s Cathedral
Icon of St. Basil, considered the Miracle Worker of Moscow. He was eccentric, and went naked.
There are many smaller churches inside St. Basil’s Cathedral. This is the beautiful iconostasis of one of them.
One of the seven “Wedding Cake” towers in Moscow, as seen from behind St. Basil’s Cathedral.
Statue of Tsar Alexander who won the war of 1812.
The modern Church of Jesus Christ our Savior, recently completed.
Detail of bronze ornamentation above the doorway of Jesus Christ our Savior church.
View of the Kremlin from a distance.
Statue of Peter the Great on the Moscow River. He founded Russia’s Navy.
Skyscrapers in downtown Moscow
Stadium built for the 1980 Olympics
University building – one of the 7 “Wedding Cake” towers in Moscow.
We’re having a wonderful time. Wish you were here!