Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Photo Nostalgia = Moscow, Day 3 (Russia 2009, Day 13)

On Day 3 in Moscow, I stuck to just three things.  Three very large, involved things = the Kremlin, Novodevichy Convent, and Novodevichy Cemetery.  Here are the (numerous!) photos:

I got up on the early side to get into the Kremlin, primarily because I wanted a ticket to the Armoury, which had different hours (I believe).  I thought this converted gate was rather interesting, since cars now drive through it.  Of course, only an American would find that interesting.

 If my memory serves, the Armoury is on the left.  This is inside the Kremlin Walls.

 Photography is forbidden inside the Armoury, and indeed most of the Kremlin buildings.  Like that was going to stop me.

I believe this is the collection of Faberge eggs, which is equal to the largest collection in the world.

 I don't have any other details, so just enjoy the photos below without the info.

 The line to enter the Armoury = it's good to get there early.

I believe this is the residence of the president of Russia.

 Annunciation Cathedral, the personal chapel of the tsars of Moscow.

 Blagoveshchensky Sobor is Russian for Annunciation Cathedral.

Annunciation Cathedral

 Archangel Cathedral on the right, with the Ivan the Great Bell Tower and the Assumption Belfry on the left.

Dormition Cathedral on the left with the Assumption Belfry and Ivan the Great Bell Tower on the right.

Inside the Annunciation Cathedral.

Ivan the Great Bell Tower and Assumption Belfry.

I forget the plain white building on the left; Dormition Cathedral on the right.

 Some ugly blogger.

 Entering the Archangel Cathedral.

 Inside the Archangel Cathedral.

Burials of tsars happened in this cathedral.

 Dormition Cathedral

Annunciation Cathedral

 Inside the Dormition Cathedral, the burial place of many patriarchs and bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church.

 Icon of the Last Judgment.

Inside the Church of the Deposition.

 Assumption Belfry and the Ivan the Great Bell Tower.

 Dormition Cathedral.

 Cathedral Square (Sobornaya Ploshchad), with the Archangel Cathedral on the left and the Annunciation Cathedral on the right.

 Inside the Church of the Twelve Apostles.

 The Tsar Cannon, the largest bombard by caliber in the world (dating to 1586).

 The Tsar Bell, the largest bell in the world (although it was never rung).  The broken piece alone weighs 25,000 lbs.

 Time to end my tour of the Cathedral Square.

 Believe it or not, this green area is still inside the Kremlin Walls.

 The hammer and sickle is still visible on official buildings.

 Time to finally leave the Kremlin; from here it was off to the Novodevichy [New Maidens'] Convent.

 Taken from the street beneath the Novodevichy Convent.

 Entrance to a museum on the grounds of the convent.

 The Cathedral of Our Lady of Smolensk, the architectural centerpiece of the convent.

 Icons inside the museum.

 Not sure what this is, but it was impressive.

 Clerical garments.

 The octagonal bell tower, seen on many travel brochures of Moscow.

 Inside the cathedral.

 Grave of a saint, I believe.

 Bell tower.

 Another chapel on the grounds.

 Inside yet another museum on the grounds.

 The Cathedral and Bell Tower.

 I can't remember which building this was, but it was on the grounds of Novodevichy Convent.

 After visiting the convent, I went nearby to the Novodevichy Cemetery.  This is the grave of comedian and actor Yuri Vladimirovich Nikulin, a sort of Russian Buster Keaton.

 Nikolai Gogol's grave.

 Anton Chekhov's grave.

 Mikhail Bulgakov's grave.

 Vyacheslav Molotov's grave (no cocktails in sight).

 Andrei Gromyko's grave.

 Peter Kropotkin's grave.

 Sergei Prokofiev's grave.

 Nikita Khrushchev's impressive grave; he was denied a state funeral and Kremlin Wall burial since he was ousted in a coup.

 I had to hunt for an hour to find this, but since I'm a cinema major, I couldn't give up = Sergei Eisenstein's grave.  If you're reading, Lonely Planet, your map of the cemetery has Eisenstein's grave off by at least one plot.  In a cemetery of this size, that's huge.

 Raisa Gorbachova's grave (the wife of Mikhail Gorbachev).  

 After a long day, Stalinist Gothic wasn't what I wanted to see as I headed back to my hostel (the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building, one of the Seven Sisters of Moscow).

 Monument to Alexander and Natalia Pushkin on Arbat Street, near my hostel.

The Hard Rock Cafe, on the heavily touristed Arbat Street.  I never went inside.

Coming up = Moscow, Day 4.  Stay tuned.

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