Moscow city is very popular with foreign
guests visiting the country. Moscow is often called the most Russian
of all Russian cities. The great Russian writer Karamzin once said
"He who visited Moscow, knows Russia".
Moscow is the capital of Russia. It is believed that
the city is eight and a half centuries old.
Moscow is the barometer and nucleus of the changes sweeping through
Russia. Nowhere are Russia's contrasts more apparent than here - ancient
monasteries and ultra-modern monoliths stand side by side, and New Russian
millionaires and poverty-stricken pensioners walk the same streets.
The populace now prefer impromptu street markets to monothilic
department stores, and the beautiful churches vandalised or abandoned
during the Soviet era of hardline atheism are being lovingly restored. But
the real flavour of this city is in its small nooks and crannies, each of
Moscow's origins as a symbol of Russian spiritual and political power
go back 850 years. It reflects Russia's state of flux in its day-to-day
life, and when the winds of change start blowing, they blow through Moscow