History UsefulNotes / Moscow

4th Sep '15 7:57:50 PM nombretomado
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27th May '15 2:14:31 AM aurora369
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* The Kremlin Wall Necropolis: is considered part of the Kremlin despite being outside of its walls. It is a bizarre open-air crypt where the remains of famous Communists were entombed in stone. Joseph Stalin's tomb is located here.
* Lenin's Mausoleum: also outside of the Kremlin but often conflated with it, this is a ziggurat-like tomb with Vladimir Lenin mummified and put on display.
12th Mar '15 9:02:19 PM jormis29
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* Even Russian movies sometimes have to double Moscow when the setting is "Old Moscow", which could mean either Soviet Moscow before WorldWarII, Imperial Moscow before [[RedOctober the Revolution]], or wooden Moscow before the Empire. [[TheCityFormerlyKnownAs St. Petersburg]] is most commonly used for the first two, while the third is usually doubled by one of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Ring_of_Russia Golden Ring cities]].

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* Even Russian movies sometimes have to double Moscow when the setting is "Old Moscow", which could mean either Soviet Moscow before WorldWarII, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, Imperial Moscow before [[RedOctober [[UsefulNotes/RedOctober the Revolution]], or wooden Moscow before the Empire. [[TheCityFormerlyKnownAs St. Petersburg]] is most commonly used for the first two, while the third is usually doubled by one of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Ring_of_Russia Golden Ring cities]].
26th Jan '15 2:35:23 PM aurora369
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Places of interest in the Kremlin:

* The Hall of Facets: the original medieval great hall of the Kremlin, used by the Muscovite tsars as throne room and place for social gatherings and feasts. Despite being somewhat overshadowed by the newer, XIX century Grand Palace, it is still used for its intended purpose during ceremonies and diplomatic events.
** The Red Porch: the entryway to the Hall of Facets, it was an important place in the coronation ceremonies of the tsars.
* The Grand Palace: built in the XIX century as the new main building of the Kremlin, incorporating the Hall of Facets into its structure. It contains five halls named after Orthodox Christian saints, the same saints after which the orders of Imperial Russia were named. The largest one, St. Andrew's Hall, considered the current great hall of the Kremlin, was the throne room of Moscow during the Imperial era; the throne still stands there, permanently unoccupied.
* The Armory Hall: currently it serves as the Kremlin's main museum, exhibiting the treasures of Tsarist Russia. Not to be confused with the similarly-named Arsenal, which houses the Kremlin Guard Regiment and the commendant.
* The cathedrals: less famous than St.Basil's, the numerous cathedrals of the Kremlin are older and more important. They house the crypts of various grand princes and tsars of Russia, and metropolitans and patriarchs of the Russian Orthodox Church.
** Ivan the Great's Bell Tower: an Orthodox Christian bell tower at one of the churches, it is the tallest point of the entire Kremlin.
* The Saviour's Tower: famous for its tower clock, considered ''the'' clock of Russia. The most iconic tower on the Kremlin's outer wall.
* The Kutafya (Chubby Woman) Tower: the barbican tower of the Kremlin, notable for being the main entry for tourists; ticket dispensing offices can be found near it. The barbican bridge leads to the Trinity Tower, the tallest one on the walls.
* The Tsar Cannon: a giant XVI century bombard put on display for tourists. It is famous for being the largest-caliber artillery piece in the world, and infamous for [[AwesomeButImpractical never being used in combat]].
* The Tsar Bell: another iconic example of AwesomeButImpractical, this is a XVIII century bell so big that they couldn't cast it properly, and it cracked during casting. Also put on display as a tourist attraction.
30th Dec '14 10:58:06 AM LaStella
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If the Internet is anything to go by, Moscow seems to be [[TheScrappy increasingly disliked]] by the rest of Russia (some people going as far as half-jokingly proposing to split the country into two parts - Moscow and everything else, or "get rid of Moscow", or something like that). The main cause appears to be the perceived [[HolierThanThou arrogance]] of the city's inhabitants and their rudeness towards any visitors to the city, as depicted in the jokes about "Ponaekhali" (which translates roughly to the disapproving "so many of you came here" - the supposedly typical answer of a Muscovite to people asking for directions, regardless of how polite and sensible that asking may have been). Whether this dislike actually has foundation is up for debate - and indeed, numerous debates ensue.

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If the Internet is anything to go by, Moscow seems to be [[TheScrappy increasingly disliked]] by the rest of Russia (some people going as far as half-jokingly proposing to split the country into two parts - Moscow and everything else, or "get rid of Moscow", or something like that). The main cause appears to be the perceived [[HolierThanThou arrogance]] of the city's inhabitants and inhabitants, their supposed ignorance regarding the rest of the country and rudeness towards any visitors to the city, as depicted in the jokes about "Ponaekhali" (which translates roughly to the disapproving "so many of you came here" - the supposedly typical answer of a Muscovite to people asking for directions, regardless of how polite and sensible that asking may have been). Whether this dislike actually has foundation is up for debate - and indeed, numerous debates ensue.
ensue. Among the reasons for this attitude, it should also be noted that a lot of money made by selling other regions' oil goes to Moscow instead of those other regions, and the average Moscow salary is much higher than that of anywhere in the so-called "provinces" (i.e. any place that's neither Moscow nor St.Peterburg); those unfortunate facts do not help the city's reputation in the slightest.
30th Dec '14 10:43:24 AM LaStella
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If the Internet is anything to go by, Moscow seems to be increasingly disliked by the rest of Russia (some people going as far as half-jokingly proposing to split the country into two parts - Moscow and everything else, or "get rid of Moscow", or something like that). The main cause appears to be the perceived [[HolierThanThou arrogance]] of the city's inhabitants and their rudeness towards any visitors to the city, as depicted in the jokes about "Ponaekhali" (which translates roughly to the disapproving "so many of you came here" - the supposedly typical answer of a Muscovite to people asking for directions, regardless of how polite and sensible that asking may have been). Whether this dislike actually has foundation is up for debate - and indeed, numerous debates ensue.

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If the Internet is anything to go by, Moscow seems to be [[TheScrappy increasingly disliked disliked]] by the rest of Russia (some people going as far as half-jokingly proposing to split the country into two parts - Moscow and everything else, or "get rid of Moscow", or something like that). The main cause appears to be the perceived [[HolierThanThou arrogance]] of the city's inhabitants and their rudeness towards any visitors to the city, as depicted in the jokes about "Ponaekhali" (which translates roughly to the disapproving "so many of you came here" - the supposedly typical answer of a Muscovite to people asking for directions, regardless of how polite and sensible that asking may have been). Whether this dislike actually has foundation is up for debate - and indeed, numerous debates ensue.
30th Dec '14 10:42:55 AM LaStella
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If the Internet is anything to go by, Moscow seems to be increasingly disliked by the rest of Russia (some people going as far as half-jokingly proposing to split the country into two parts - Moscow and everything else, or "get rid of Moscow", or something like that). The main cause appears to be the perceived [[HolierThanThou arrogance]] of the city's inhabitants and their rudeness towards any visitors to the city, as depicted in the jokes about "Ponaekhali" (which translates roughly to the disapproving "so many of you came here" - the supposedly typical answer of a Muscovite to people asking for directions, regardless of how polite and sensible that asking may have been). Whether this dislike actually has foundation is up for debate - and indeed, numerous debates ensue.
14th Sep '14 1:28:12 PM permeakra
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* Churches and monasteries. Again, a lot of them, mostly orthodox christians, but there are muslim, catholic and some others if you care to find.
** New Ierusalim. An old, large churche/monastery complex initially built to be a replica of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Located in Istra (may be considered far suburb, as it is connected to Moscow proper with railway and buses)
6th May '14 8:22:33 AM permeakra
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Moscow is a mostly round city, so its internal divisions are organised by several concentric beltways. At the very centre lie the Kremlin, Red Square and the ancient neighbourhood of Kitay-gorod (in modern Russian it means "Chinatown", but it got that name long before Russians started calling China "Kitay", so it has no connection to the Chinese diaspora; in Old Russian, Kitai-Gorod stood for Basket-town, since the walls were originally made of baskets filled with clay). The beltways that surround it are the incomplete Boulevard Ring (the innermost), the Garden Ring, the 3rd Ring Road and the MKAD (the outermost). When people say "central Moscow" they usually mean "within the Garden Ring". The areas between it and the 3rd ring, as well as some areas to the latter's immediate north, are mostly old industrial neighbourhoods, while most of the neighbourhoods between the 3rd ring and the MKAD are residential. A fourth ring road, between the 3rd and the MKAD is currently under construction. Moscow, however, is split with railways and rivers along radii, so the picture is not so beautiful. Until 1984 the MKAD was the city border, but then Moscow annexed several towns on the outside. Despite that the MKAD still serves as a cultural border between Moscow and its suburbs, and Muscovites are often stereotyped to believe that all of Russia beyond the MKAD is complete wilderness, except for the aforementioned Rublevo-Uspenskoe and St. Petersburg.

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Moscow is a mostly round city, so its internal divisions are organised by several concentric beltways. At the very centre lie the Kremlin, Red Square and the ancient neighbourhood of Kitay-gorod (in modern Russian it means "Chinatown", but it got that name long before Russians started calling China "Kitay", so it has no connection to the Chinese diaspora; in Old Russian, Kitai-Gorod stood for Basket-town, since the walls were originally made of baskets filled with clay). The beltways that surround it are the incomplete Boulevard Ring (the innermost), the Garden Ring, the 3rd Ring Road and the MKAD (the outermost). When people say "central Moscow" they usually mean "within the Garden Ring". The areas between it and the 3rd ring, as well as some areas to the latter's immediate north, are mostly old industrial neighbourhoods, while most of the neighbourhoods between the 3rd ring and the MKAD are residential. A fourth ring road, between the 3rd and the MKAD was in plans, but the project was abandoned in favor of building several chords that are in pre-building state now. The next ring is currently under construction.so-known Small Moscow Ring is roughly 50 km ring road in far Moscow suburbs. Moscow, however, is split with railways and rivers along radii, so the picture is not so beautiful. Until 1984 the MKAD was the city border, but then Moscow annexed several towns on the outside. Despite that the MKAD still serves as a cultural border between Moscow and its suburbs, and Muscovites are often stereotyped to believe that all of Russia beyond the MKAD is complete wilderness, except for the aforementioned Rublevo-Uspenskoe and St. Petersburg.
7th Jan '14 11:57:23 PM Achaemenid
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-->''Behold at last that celebrated city!''
-->-'''NapoleonBonaparte'''. Things went downhill for him from here.
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