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Alexandrovksy gardens
Александровский Сад
/alexandrovksy sard/

The Arbat

Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

Cosmonautics Museum

‘Culture Park’
Парк Культуры
/park cultury/


Foreign Ministry Building


Gorky Park

/gum/ (as in ‘e-by-gum’)



The Kremlin

Krimsky Bridge
Крымсий Mост
/kreemsky moss-t/

The Lenin Library
Библиотека Ленина
/beebleeoteka leneena/

‘Lysnyetsky proy-edst’
Лужнетскии Проезд
/lysnyetsky proy-jedts/

Manesh Square
Манежная Площадь
/maneshnaya ploshad/


Metropol Hotel
Гастиниста Mетрополь
/gasteeneesta metropol/



Novodevichy Cemetery
Новодевичий Кладбише
/novodeevichy kladbisher/

Novodevichy Monastery
Новодевичий Mонастыръ
/novodeevichy monastir/

‘Ohotni Riad’
Охотный Ряд
/ohotni riad/



‘Rechnoy vokzal’
Речнoй Вoкзал
/rechnoy vaux-zal/


‘Prospect Mira’
Проспект Mира
/prospekt meera/

Red Square
Красная Плошадъ
/krasnaya ploshad/

‘Revolution Square’
Плошадъ Революции
/ploshad revolutsi/


Sparrow Hills
Воробъевы Горы
/vorobjey gory/

Theatre Avenue
Театралъный Проспект
/teeartralny prospekt/

Tretyakov Gallery
Третъяковская Галерея
/tretyakovskaya gallerea/

Tretyakov Gallery (Krimsky Bridge Site)


Tverskoy Boulevard
Тверской булъвар
/tverskoy boulvarr/

‘Victoy Park’
Парк Пабеды
/park pabyeadi/

The metro stop for the original airport for Moscow (before flights were moved to Sheremetevo and Domededevo, both much further away from the city).

An attractive park in front of the western walls of the Kremlin, where the original moat protecting the Kremlin fort had once been.

Pedestrianised thoroughfare in central Moscow, full of shops and restaurants, about half an hour’s walk from the Kremlin.

Moscow’s main cathedral, re-built in the early 1990s to closely resemble the original one, which was knocked down on Stalin’s orders in the 1930s.

A remarkable collection of lunar landers and space paraphernalia of all kinds. Located next to the metro station ‘вднх’ in the north of Moscow.

A relatively modest metro station in the central district, only a couple of minutes’ walk from Krimsky Bridge.

An early outer station, decorated with bas-reliefs of footballers, close to the famous ‘Dinamo’ football stadium.

A fascinating example of uniquely communist architecture. One of the so-called ‘seven sisters’, a series of gothic-inspired monuments to Stalinistic communism. Located near the Western entrance to the Arbat.

A metro station named after a famous revolutionary general. The supporting walls of this station are decorated with giant and heavily chromed Soviet stars.

A sprawling series of gardens and lawns just south of Krimsky Bridge. This park retains its original communistic grand entrance gates.

Once a down-at-heel shopping centre during the communist time. Now a thoroughly twenty-first century shopping mall, full of boutiques selling western designer labels.

One of the great stations of the Moscow metro. A fascinating example of communist art, in almost perfect condition.

Another magnificent display of communist art, with nationalistic ceiling paintings. Built to honour the communist party’s youth organisation, called ’Komsomol’.

The walled fort overlooking the Moscow river, which originallyprotected the medieval inhabitants of Moscow. Now housing a mixture of elegant early eighteenth century government buildings and medieval churches.

A bridge in central Moscow affording a magnificent view of the Moscow River, Gorky Park and the monument to Peter the Great. Only a couple of minutes’ walk from ‘Culture Park’ metro station.

A modernist concrete library strangely adorned with classical decorations. Also a metro station on the red line.

The road on which Novodevichy Cemetery and Novodevichy Monastery are located.

A pretty area of fountains and benches overlooking the Kremlin and Alexandrovsky Park.

A candidate for the best stop on the Moscow metro. Ceiling paintings show factory workers, space rockets and giant construction projects depicted in an airy, floating style.

One of the most remarkable art-nouveau buildings in the whole of Moscow, complete with external frescos in the same style.

A fascinating metro stop dedicated to the scientist Mendeleyev, who formulated the periodic table. The ceiling lights of this station resemble a series of giant atoms.

Russia’s most famous university, located in Sparrow Hills, an area of high ground overlooking Moscow.

The cemetery not far from ‘Sport’ metro station where Russia’s most distinguished artists, generals and politicians are buried.

A medieval monastery only a few hundred yards from Novodevichy Cemetery. Filled with Orthodox churches richly decorated with saintly paintings.

Literally meaning ‘row of willing men’, this metro stop is only a stone’s throw from Red Square. A relatively simple station.

A metro station containing a splendid display of decorative plasterwork, especially in the main vestibule.

A relatively modest metro station by the standards of the inner district.

A typical outer-district metro station with simple lines and functional lighting.

An early 1950s station with mock classical marble work in the central walkway.

A station dedicated to peaceful themes, adorned with porcelain bas-reliefs of children, families and actors.

A large open area just in front of the north-east walls of the Kremlin. The site of the famous ‘May Day’ parades during the communist era.

One of the early stations. Contains possibly the most artistically significant works on the Moscow Metro: the statues of workers, women and soldiers by the artist M.G. Manezir.

The station at the western end of the Arbat (not to be confused with Arbatskaya, which is at its eastern end). Contains splendid communistic friezes in red and gold in the main atrium.

Formerly the Lenin Hills. A piece of high land overlooking Moscow, and site of MGU, Russia’s most famous university. Served by a metro station of the same name, built on a bridge over the Moscow river.

An eight-lane road running close to the western walls of the Kremlin.

A famous gallery of nineteenth-century Russian art, from Russia’s Silver Age.

A truly stupendous collection of post- revolutionary twentieth-century Russian art.

A glitzy high-rise department store full of western luxury goods.

An elegant series of strips of parkland between the two directions of traffic on the boulevard ring.

One of the deepest metro stations in the world, and also - remarkably - with the cleanest and most carefully polished floor of any public space anywhere.

Why I have written this book - by Christopher Coin

Excerpts from the book

Front cover

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My own thoughts about the book

Discussion forum

Places mentioned in the book in English and Russian

Map of central Moscow

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