Continuing east from Kalingrad to Russia’s capital of Moscow you are greeted with Red Square in Central Moscow, the Kremlin and the Russian icon of St. Basil’s Cathedral. Built in the mid 16th century, St. Basil’s Cathedral’s unique design that is truly unique in that there is no other Russian building similar to it. While in awe of the cathedral, turn around and marvel the rest of the architecture of Red Square like the Kremlin, a 15th century fortress now used as the government building of the Russian Federation. Take a boat trip in the Moscow River to see the Kremlin, one of the largest and most beautiful architectural ensembles in the world, and other sights such as Explore the English Courtyard, The Museum of the Romanov Boyars, St. George’s Church or the Polytechnical Museum. If you are not a boat person then take the Moscow metro that is different from other metro systems due to its rich decorations of Soviet era, you will feel like you are in a museum with historic mosaics and sculptures. For art-lovers, take a tour inside the Tretiakov gallery that holds more than 170,000 amazing Russian masterpieces.

Since Orthodox is the main religion, you cannot leave the country without witnessing some of the world’s most beautiful monasteries. 70 km northeast of Moscow in Sergiyev Posad is The Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, the most important and finest working Russian Monastery, and the spiritual center of the Russian Orthodox Church.  With its features from the 15th to the 18th century, it has become a World Cultural Heritage sight.

After wandering the streets and metros of a Communist-era gone, it’s time to unwind at the Banya, a traditional Russian bathhouse enjoyed by Russians and visitors alike.

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