19th International Conference on Internal Friction and Mechanical Spectroscopy

June 29 – July 3, 2020, Moscow, Russia

Sightseeing

Moscow is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Many famous and tragic events took place here. Such world-renowned sights as the Moscow Kremlin, Red Square, St. Basil Cathedral, Poklonnaja Mountain are located in Moscow.

Museums and religious buildings

  • Red Square - The heart of Moscow and the first destination for most visitors to the city. Surrounded by St. Basil's Cathedral, the State History Museum, Lenin's Mausoleum and one of the Kremlin's long brick walls. The cobbles that make up the square are black and not red; the name comes from another gloss of the Russian word "krasniy", meaning "beautiful". Metro: Ohotnii Ryad, Teatralnaya or Ploshad Revolutsii. (https://www.visitrussia.com/citiesguide/moscow/places/red_square)
  • The Kremlin Museum Complex – Includes the Armoury Collection of royal clothing and chariots, the Diamond Fund, several churches, the Patriarch Palace and the Bell Tower (open only in the summer). Guided tours fill up fast and should be booked early. Photography is prohibited in many exhibits. RUB350-700. (https://www.visitrussia.com/citiesguide/moscow/places/moscow_kremlin))
  • The Grand Kremlin Palace – The official residence of the Russian President. A historic palace with rooms dating back to the 16th century. The exterior can be seen as part of a visit to the Kremlin Museum Complex. The interior is only open to the public by group tour two or three times a month and must be booked in advance.
  • Tretyakov Gallery – One of Russia's greatest museums, this is probably the one to choose if you only want to visit one museum in Moscow. In contrast to the worldwide collection of the Pushkin Museum, the Tretyakov is mostly a collection of Russian art. It has the best collection of Russian icons and many of the most famous pieces of modern Russian artists like Ilya Repin. Metro: Tretyakovskaya or Novokuznetskaya. There are two Tretyakov museums: the classic one and the 20th Century one. The 20th Century one is in the Artist's House Cultural Center across from Gorky Park. They charge separate entry fees.
  • Pushkin Museum (ulitsa Volkhonka, 12) – Is dedicated to Western art and has one of the world's most significant Impressionist and Post-Impressionist collections, along with some Old Masters. The Impressionists and Post-Impressionists were rather unfortunately relocated to an annex in 2007 across the street from the main building. Metro: Kropotkinskaya.
  • Novodevichy Convent – Both a convent and a fortress, Novodevichy was built in the early 1500s and has remained nearly intact since the 17th century, making it one of the best preserved historical complexes in Moscow. The adjacent Novodevichy Cemetery is one of Russia's most famous cemeteries. Famous people buried there include Anton Chekhov, Nickolai Gogol, Konstantine Stanislavski, Nikita Khrushchev, Raisa Gorbachev (the former President's wife), and Boris Yeltsin. Metro: Sportivnaya. Open from 9am until 5pm. If you want to locate the graves of famous people, you can buy a map (only in Russian) from the booth close to the entrance of the cemetery.

Saint Basil’s Cathedral

Saint Basil’s Cathedral is located in Red Square. This Orthodox church is a world-famous landmark. The church was built in the XVI century by order of Ivan the Terrible. There are 11 domes in Saint Basil’s Cathedral. Its height is 65 metres. In the XX century the church was open for public as a museum. It is one of the most recognizable tourist attractions. Saint Basil’s Cathedral is included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Ostankino Television Tower

Ostankino Tower is the 8th tallest freestanding structure in the world and the tallest in Europe and Russia. Its height is 540,1 metres. Ostankino Tower is open for tourists. There is the Seventh Heaven restaurant and two observation platforms. One of the platforms is outdoor and the other one is indoor. There is also a concert hall in Ostankino Tower where different events are held.

Moscow-City

Moscow City is a business district in the Centre of Moscow. The area is still under construction. By 2016 12 buildings out of 23 have been built there. In Moscow City there are office buildings, shopping malls, leisure centres, exhibition centre, restaurants, elite apartments and flats and even Matrimonial Centre. Moscow City is a business district designed to comply with international standards.

Sparrow Hills

Sparrow Hills is one of the most significant Moscow’s landmarks. It reaches the height of 80 metres above the Moskva river. Sparrow Hills is one of the most scenic places in the capital of Russia. The observation platform on the hill is a place worth visiting. It gives the best panoramic view of the city which both residents of the city and tourists can admire. In 1987 this landmark was declared a natural sanctuary

The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour was built in the XIX century. The cathedral is a memorial to those who died during the invasion of Napoleon Bonaparte.  It took 44 years for the cathedral to be built. In 1931 it was destroyed and only in 1994-1997 rebuilt anew.  The overall height of the cathedral is 103 metres. It is the tallest Orthodox church in the world

The Moscow Metro

The first line of the Moscow Metro was opened in 1935. Today the Moscow Metro is the 5th busiest metro in the world.A lot of underground stations are landmarks. The Moscow Metro consists of 13 lines with 203 stations (2017). Nearly all of them are underground. During rush hours the minimum interval between trains is 90 seconds.

VDNKh

This is a permanent general purpose trade show and amusement park in Moscow, Russia. Between 1991 and 2014 it was also called the All-Russia Exhibition Centre. It is a state joint-stock company. In 1992, VDNKh was renamed, receiving the new acronym VVC, which remained in use until 2014. It occupies 2,375,000 square metres of which 266,000 square metres are used for indoor exhibits. The territory of VDNKh is greater than that of the Principality of Monaco and has approximately 400 buildings. Inadequate maintenance of Vera Mukhina's statue caused such disrepair that the statue was disassembled (see 2006 photographs of what's left). It was slated to be refurbished and installed on the top of the new pavilion by 2008,but funding shortages lead to dragged-out restoration. It was finally reerected in December 2009, now standing atop of a large constructivist pavilion, apparently recreating the original exhibition pavilion from the 1937 World's Fair in Paris that it was designed for.
The center "VDNKh" (or VVTs) still works including the name of a nearby subway station and some sights:

  • pavilions
  • fountains
  • a luna-park
  • cosmonautics museum
  • a rocket and even a Buran spaceсraft

Zaryadye 

Zaryadye is a new park built in the historic centre of the city, a stone’s throw away from the Kremlin and Red Square.  But Zaryadye is not simply a park. It is a new type of public space altogether, created by an international team of architects, engineers, landscape designers and other experts. Here the concepts of nature and technology, education and entertainment, history and modernity are united and complement each other.

For more attractives, please visit: www.visitrussia.com