11 Facts You Didn’t Know About Moscow

Opulent, breathtaking, and extravagant, Russia’s capital city Moscow will fill every visitor with awe and wonder. With a rich history, world-famous structures, a splendid theatre scene, exceptional museums and galleries, Moscow is one of those cities that will leave a mark in your mind forever. Before you visit, check out these facts about Moscow that you ought to know.

  1. With an area of 2,511 square km and a population of 12 million people (as many as Norway and Switzerland combined), Moscow is so huge that it can actually be a country on its own!
  2. No visit to Moscow is complete without a stroll around the Red Square. The name doesn’t stand for the color red but for “beautiful” as the Russian word Красная (Krasnaia) was used for both. There’s no doubt that it is indeed a beautiful square!
  3. If you’ve ever played the vintage version of Tetris, you may remember the image of a beautiful structure at the beginning. This is actually St. Basil’s Cathedral. The creator Alexey Pajitnov put the image there in 1984 as a symbol of his patriotism and pride.
  4. In need of good luck? Just rub the nose of the bronze dog at the Revoliutsi Ploschad metro station. This is one cute tradition you cannot miss!
  5. The Moscow metro is a huge tourist attraction and rightfully so. Considered the world’s most beautiful underground, 44 of the 200 stations are actually listed as cultural heritage sights. Add to that the fact that they hold the world record for on-time departures and arrivals despite being one of the busiest subways in the world, and you’ve got a winner.
  6. The largest number of billionaires in the world can be found in Moscow. According to Forbes, there are 84 billionaires who reside here and their combined wealth adds up to $367 billion!
  7. There are seven identical buildings in Moscow called the “Seven Sisters” or “Stalin’s Skyscrapers”. These include Hotel Ukraina, Leningradskaya Hotel, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Moscow State University, Red Gates Administrative Building, Kotelnicheskaya Embankment Building, and the Kudrinskaya Square Building.
  8. The Lenin Library or the Russian State Library is the largest in the country and the fourth largest in the world! It has 43 million objects and its catalog includes rare books, newspapers, maps, dissertations, as well as sheet music.
  9. The Kremlin is the largest fortress still in use in all of Europe and it has the world’s biggest bell and cannon. It’s interesting to note that until the late 19th century, the Kremlin’s walls were white instead of the red that they are today.
  10. During winter, the pavements below the gutters in Moscow are cordoned off because of the huge hanging icicles that form from the cold. These icicles are dangerous, and could kill you if they fell on you!
  11. With the increasing population comes increasing traffic, and sometimes it gets so bad that rich locals hire fake ambulances to beat the traffic. We guess that’s one way to use your money.

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