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Top Historical Sights in Moscow

By Viator, July 2018

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As a city that has been around for more than 800 years, Moscow has plenty of history. Tucked beneath steel and glass skyscrapers, historic sights can be found throughout Russia's capital. Here are a few sights in Moscow that shouldn't be missed.

The Kremlin
The Moscow Kremlin has been the political center of the city for centuries and remains the official residence of the Russian president today. Take a tour to hear the history and expert narration on its several cathedrals, Ivan the Great Bell Tower, and the Armoury, which displays the Imperial Crown of Russia, the Orlov (or Orloff) Diamond, and a collection of Faberge eggs.

Red Square
Sitting adjacent to the Kremlin, Red Square has long held a significant place in Russian history, first as a marketplace and later as a popular site for public proclamations and ceremonies, religious processions and coronations. Surrounding Red Square, you’ll find the famous GUM department store, St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Kazan Cathedral, the State Historical Museum and Lenin’s Mausoleum. Most Moscow highlight tours include a stop here.

St. Basil’s Cathedral
Built to celebrate Ivan the Terrible’s conquest of Kazan, St. Basil’s Cathedral may be one of the most iconic sites in Russia. With its colorful façade and onion-shaped domes, the cathedral is completely unique in Russian history. You’ll hear more about it on a small-group or private walking tour of the city.

State Historical Museum of Russia
The State Historical Museum traces centuries of Russian history from the Stone Age through the 19th century. It boasts more than four million objects, including the largest coin collection in Russia, a Greek sarcophagus from the 4th century BC, gold artifacts from the Scythians and a replica of the Ivan the Terrible’s throne.

Kitay Gorod neighborhood
The neighborhood adjacent to Red Square known as Kitay Gorod is one of the oldest quarters in Moscow, settled in the 13th century. Stroll along the three main streets of Kitay Gorod to see a variety of 16th and 17th century churches, as well as the Romanov house, built by the grandfather of Mikhail Romanov, the first of the Romanov tsars. See it on the Alternative Moscow tour, which focuses on the spooky and sinister side of the city.

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Kremlin Small-Group Tour, Moscow, null
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Kremlin Small-Group Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 26 Reviews

Visit the amazing Moscow Kremlin on this 1.5-hour, small-group historical tour in the city center! See the magnificent former residences of Russian tsars and ...  Read more

Location: Moscow, Russian Federation
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $55.93
Small-Group Moscow City Walking Tour, Moscow, Walking Tours
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Small-Group Moscow City Walking Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 87 Reviews

See the stand-out sights of Moscow’s Red Square, Nikolskaya Street and Alexandrovsky Garden on a 2-hour small-group walking tour! While listening to ...  Read more

Location: Moscow, Russian Federation
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.50
Private Walking Tour: Moscow Including the Kremlin, Moscow, Walking Tours
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Private Walking Tour: Moscow Including the Kremlin

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Experience the highlights of Moscow on this private 6-hour walking tour, perfect for travelers who don’t have much time to explore the city on their own. See ...  Read more

Location: Moscow, Russian Federation
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $140.43
Alternative Moscow: 2 Hour Walking Tour, Moscow, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Alternative Moscow: 2 Hour Walking Tour

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Hear fascinating legends of witches, ghosts, freemasons and famous criminals on this small-group walking tour of Moscow at night! Take a detour from your ...  Read more

Location: Moscow, Russian Federation
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $32.13
Private Tour: Kubinka Tank Museum Tour from Moscow, Moscow, Night Tours
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Private Tour: Kubinka Tank Museum Tour from Moscow

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Visit the Kubinka Tank Museum on a 4-hour excursion from Moscow, with a knowledgeable private guide! Home to thousands of military tanks that date from the ...  Read more

Location: Moscow, Russian Federation
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $141.62
Private Tour of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Moscow, Private Day Trips
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Private Tour of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow

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Discover the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, one of the most famous theaters in the world! You'll see its architectural highlights, including the ornately decorated ...  Read more

Location: Moscow, Russian Federation
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $71.40
Literary City Tour of Moscow with Leo Tolstoy House Museum, Moscow, Historical & Heritage Tours
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Literary City Tour of Moscow with Leo Tolstoy House Museum

During the excursion you will get acquainted with the history of Khamovniki settlement, which is closely connected with the Russian literature. The country ...  Read more

Location: Moscow, Russian Federation
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.68

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