Story of Moscow
BECOME A CITYZEN OF MOSCOW
Moscow is the capital and most populous city of Russia, with 13.2 million residents within the city limits and 17.8 million within the urban area. Moscow is a major political, economic, cultural, and scientific centre of Russia and Eastern Europe, as well as the largest city entirely on the European continent. With origins dating back almost 1,000 years, the city has been a hub for innovation and culture.
The city of Moscow has fundamentally changed its diplomatic structure 6 times; the first known reference to Moscow being from 1147. A century and a half later Daniel I ruled Moscow as Grand Duke until 1303 and established it as a prosperous city.
Soon following, the Khan strengthened Moscow to counterbalance Lithuania, allowing it to become one of the most powerful cities in Russia. After fighting off the Mongols in Moscow, Moscow took the leading role in liberating Russia from Mongol domination. By 1480 Ivan III had finally broken the Russians free from Tatar control, and Moscow became the capital of an empire that would eventually encompass all of Russia and Siberia, and parts of many other lands. This marked the beginning of the Russian Tsardom. For nearly 3 centuries the city of Moscow suffered many trials and tribulations; from fires to famines and plagues.
From the early 18th century began the Russian Empire- and the historically renowned rise of the Russian royalty, the Romanov family. The Russian elite were rising in status and luxury while the people were consistently downtrodden by the wrath of the elites. This behavior famously led to the Communist Revolution and an entrance to the “Soviet Era”; marked with oppression and mass-hardship.
In 1991 the Soviet Union dissolved and a new era was ushered in for the Russian people; we are still to see what it will hold.
THE ROMANOV FAMILY
The most renowned Russian nobility, the Romanov family reigned from 1613 to 1917- just over 3 centuries! They lived lives of total luxury in lavish castles, all the while the most powerful people in the nation. This family alone set the standard for Russian nobility- a standard which directly fueled the Communist Revolution and the family’s own execution!
While the family’s untimely end is bleak, they still hold up their own standard of grandness.
You can take in a classic ballet performance at the Bolshoi Theatre, ran by one of the oldest ballet and opera companies in the world, Bolshoi Opera, with over 200 dancers, or visit the State Tretyakov Gallery, the foremost depository of Russian fine art in the world.
Nowhere else in Russia is there as great a cultural hub as the Red Square- next to the Kremlin, the historic home and government headquarters of the nation, and Saint Basil’s Cathedral, a conglomeration of 10 churches, an ancient symbol of the “Heavenly Symbol”.
Moscow is a hub of beautiful and historic treasures- the monuments of old Moscow only serve to reinvigorate the city and its long history.