Although the famous Red Square is the main symbol of Moscow, the city has a lot more to offer to its visitors. Moscow has several historical districts, each with its own unique atmosphere. This guide will help you learn more about those districts and their main sightseeing destinations. Using our rating system, you will see which places are the most popular among other visitors. In each season of the year, Moscow can unveil you its beauty and uniqueness and we will help you choose the most interesting places to visit!
Zamoskvorechye is the district located on the right shore of the Moscow river to the south from the Kremlin. The first documents mentioning the district date back to the 14th century. Historically, it was the area where archers, smiths, and artisans lived, which is often reflected in the names of the Zamoskvorechye streets. Under Peter the Great, the area became the main habitat for rich merchants.
The main sights in the area are Malyi Theater, Tretyakov Gallery, International House of Music. The area is now home to many office buildings, including Rosneft, Rosno, Mosenergo.
The district is named after the famous street Arbat, which used to mean a cart. The first references of the district date back to the 15th century. The main destinations are the memorial apartments of Alexander Pushkin and Andrey Belyi, Church of Nicholas on Shepah, Church of the Transfiguration on the Sands.
The district is named after Tverskaya Street and is the most frequently visited area among tourists. Its main destinations are the famous Red Square, Monument to Marshal Zhukov, Borovitskaya Square, Stock Exchange Square.
The name of the district originates from the word ‘ham’, which meant “a linen cloth”. In the 17th centure the area was populated by weavers. The districts hosts a number of tourists must-see sights, including State Art Museum of Alexander Pushkin, St Christ Cathedral, Museum of Moscow, Luzhniki Sports Museum, Novodevichii Monastery.
Yakimanka district has been populated since the 14th century. During the fire of 1812, most of the area was destroyed and later rebuilt. In 1920s, the Soviet governments closed down and demolished 22 old churches located in the area. In the 1930s, only 1 church was open in the area, The Church of Ivan The Warrior. Among the buildings of the Soviet times are Palace of Soviets, Moscow Canal (water reservoir), President Hotel, Krymski Exhibition Hall.
The famous Tretyakov Gallery is located in the district. Moreover, the districts still hosts a number of historical churches. Walking tour of the district will give you a glimpse of originally looking Moscow streets and buildings, although many of those are now transformed into offices.