Alexander Garden in Moscow

13 September 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Living, Working, Building

Fountain 'Four Seasons of the Year' © SiefkinDR/cc-by-sa-3.0

Fountain ‘Four Seasons of the Year’ © SiefkinDR/cc-by-sa-3.0

Alexander Gardens was one of the first urban public parks in Moscow, Russia. The park comprises three separate gardens, which stretch along all the length of the western Kremlin wall for 865 metres (2,838 ft) between the building of the Moscow Manege and the Kremlin.   read more…

Tverskaya Street in Moscow

10 August 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Tverskaya Street, seen from Manezhnaya Square © flickr.com - Jorge Láscar/cc-by-2.0

Tverskaya Street, seen from Manezhnaya Square © flickr.com – Jorge Láscar/cc-by-2.0

Tverskaya Street, known between 1935 and 1990 as Gorky Street, is the main radial street in Moscow. The street runs Northwest from the central Manege Square in the direction of Saint Petersburg and terminates at the Garden Ring, giving the name to Tverskoy District. The route continues further as First Tverskaya-Yamskaya Street, Leningradsky Avenue and Leningradskoye Highway.   read more…

2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia: The venues

7 May 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Sport

© FIFA

© FIFA

The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be the 21st FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial international football tournament contested by the men’s national teams of the member associations of FIFA. It is scheduled to take place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018, after the country was awarded the hosting rights on 2 December 2010. All but one of the stadium venues are in European Russia, west of the Ural Mountains to keep travel time manageable. The Lushniki Olympic Stadium in Moscow shall be the venue of the opening match and the final. Of the 12 venues used, the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow and the Saint Petersburg Stadium (the two largest stadiums in Russia) will be used most, with 7 matches being played at each of these stadiums. In March 2018, the German Federal Criminal Police Office issued a clear warning about “high threats of terrorism” during the World Cup, so that it is recommended to visit the venues only after the World Cup (additionally: U.S. Department of State – Russia Travel Advisory). All other Western security services have issued similar warnings. The venues are similar to those of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017, which was considered a dress rehearsal for the World Cup. Russia has had to reduce the overall budget for the World Cup several times due to the country’s persistent economic problems, so that the original planning for the World Cup, with the approval of the FIFA, can no longer be met. The venues are:   read more…

2017 FIFA Confederations Cup

17 June 2017 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Sport

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© GazThomas402/cc-by-sa-4.0

The 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup will be the 10th FIFA Confederations Cup, a quadrennial international men’s football tournament organised by FIFA. It will be held in Russia, from 17 June to 2 July 2017, as a prelude to the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Russia was announced as the host on 2 December 2010 after the country was awarded the hosting rights of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The matches will be played in four different stadiums across four cities: Saint Petersburg, Moscow, Kazan, and Sochi. It will be the first time Russia hosts the tournament, and the third time the Confederations Cup is held in the European continent. As hosts, Russia qualified automatically for the tournament; they will be joined by the six winners of the FIFA confederation championships and the 2014 FIFA World Cup champions, Germany. The final tournament will be played in two stages: a group stage and a latter knockout stage. In the group stage, each team will play three games in a group of four, with the winners and runners-up from each group advancing to the knockout stage. In the knockout stage, the four teams will compete in single-elimination matches, beginning with the semi-finals and ending with the final match of the tournament. A third-place match will also be played between the two losing semi-finalist teams. The following teams have qualified for the tournament: Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup hosts, Germany 2014 FIFA World Cup winners, Australia 2015 AFC Asian Cup winners, Chile 2015 Copa América winners, Mexico 2015 CONCACAF Cup winners, New Zealand 2016 OFC Nations Cup winners, Portugal UEFA Euro 2016 winners and Cameroon 2017 Africa Cup of Nations winners.   read more…

Theme Week Moscow – Red October

15 January 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Former factory building of the Red October confectionery © flickr.com - Pavel Kazachkov/cc-by-2.0

Former factory building of the Red October confectionery © flickr.com – Pavel Kazachkov/cc-by-2.0

The Red October is a Russian manufacturer of confectionery and the name of the same factory in Moscow. In 1851 the Brandenburg confectioner Theodor Ferdinand von Einem (1826-1876) from Belzig opened up a small pastry shop on the Arbat Street. In the shop “Einem”, chocolate and candy were produced. He employed five staff. In 1857 he met his future business partner, the German businessman Julius Heuss (1832-1907) from Walddorf in the Black Forest. In the same year they jointly opened a pastry shop at the Theater Square in Moscow.   read more…

The Moscow Manege

31 October 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Museums, Exhibitions

© Philipp Hienstorfer/cc-by-2.5

© Philipp Hienstorfer/cc-by-2.5

The Moscow Manege is a large oblong building which gives its name to the vast Manege Square, which was cleared in the 1930s and lies adjacent to the more famous Red Square. A manège is an indoor riding academy.   read more…

Theme Week Moscow – The Seven Sisters

3 January 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, General, Universities, Colleges, Academies

The Seven Sisters are a group of seven skyscrapers in Moscow designed in the Stalinist style. The term “Seven Sisters” is neither used nor understood by the local population, Muscovites call them Vysotki or Stalinskie Vysotki, meaning “(Stalin’s) high-rises” (or “Stalinist skyscrapers”). They were built from 1947 to 1953, in an elaborate combination of Russian Baroque and Gothic styles, and the technology used in building American skyscrapers.

Lomonosov Moscow State University - main building © Georg Dembowski/cc-by-sa-3.0

Lomonosov Moscow State University – main building © Georg Dembowski/cc-by-sa-3.0

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Theme Week Moscow – GUM department store on the Red Square

2 July 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© Otets/cc-by-sa-3.0-lu

© Otets/cc-by-sa-3.0-lu

GUM (an abbreviation of the Russian Glavnyi Universalnyi Magazin; literally “main universal store”) is the name of the main department store in many cities of the former Soviet Union, known as State Department Store during the Soviet times. Similarly named stores were found in some Soviet republics and post-Soviet states. The most famous GUM is the large store in the Kitay-gorod part of Moscow facing Red Square, opposite of the Lenin Mausoleum and the Kremlin. It is currently a shopping mall. Prior to the 1920s, the location was known as the Upper Trading Rows. Nearby, also facing Red Square, is a building very similar to GUM, known formerly as the Middle Trading Rows. It is about the same size as a large North American shopping mall.   read more…

The Moscow Kremlin

18 May 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks

Moscow Kremlin © www.kremlin.ru/cc-by-3.0

Moscow Kremlin © www.kremlin.ru/cc-by-3.0

The Moscow Kremlin, sometimes referred to as simply the Kremlin, is a historic fortified complex at the heart of Moscow, overlooking the Moskva River (to the South), Saint Basil’s Cathedral and Red Square (to the East) and the Alexander Garden (to the West). It is the best known of kremlins (Russian citadels) and includes five palaces, four cathedrals and the enclosing Kremlin Wall with Kremlin towers. The complex serves as the official residence of the President of the Russian Federation.   read more…

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