|The ubiquitous Russian doll|
The bus from Noginsk terminated at Partizanskaya metro station, from where we were able to get a direct line to Ploshchad Revolyutsii, the closest station to Red Square. We emerged next to the Historical Museum and spent some time browsing the souvenir stalls close by before venturing into Red Square itself. Some of the impact of this magnificent space was lost because the area was filled with a massive stage and seating area. We couldn't, therefore, walk across the square and were restricted to the periphery, but the bonus was that we got to see the full dress rehearsal for the start of the baton relay for the winter Olympics, which was due to take place a few days later. We'll go back to Red Square another day to take some better pictures!
|Rehearsing for the start of the baton relay|
|St. Basil's Cathedral|
From St.Basil's, we headed for the Moskva river and walked along the outer walls of the Kremlin complex. There is an awful lot of renovation work going on in Moscow at the moment, ahead of next February's Olympic Games, and we were fascinated to see the realistic facades which had been put up in front of riverside buildings to hide the work going on behind.
From the armoury, we walked through Cathedral Square and admired the churches there. The cathedrals of the Archangel, the Assumption and the Annunciation are all striking buildings filled with wonderful works of art. Another 'not-to-be-missed' sight in the Kremlin complex is the Tsar Bell. This bell, weighing over 200 tonnes, is the largest in the world. An 11.5 tonne piece of it broke off while it was still being made and this is now displayed beside the bell.