THE CAPITAL CITY # 2

TABER & SILKA:

Taber: "The second city in our story, Capital D, is Moscow."

Silka: "It is one of my favorite cities in the world!" 

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    • The biggest city of Europe, Moscow was first mentioned in 1147 by Yuri Dolgorukiy, the founder of Moscow. ‘Come to me, brother, to Moscow’, were the words that he used to call upon the prince of Novgorod-Severski to Moscow.
    • Kremlin, an ancient fortress in Moscow, was built around 1331 and is today used as the residence of the Russian president. It is also an executive branch of the government of Russia.
    • Mongols burned the city and killed its habitants during the sack of 1237-1238, but the city recovered and rose as the capital of the Vladimir-Suzdal principality in 1327.
    • Although Moscow has experienced hostility in the past, today it has emerged as the preferred destination for Western style retailing, services, architecture, and lifestyles.
    • In 2011, the Forbes magazine ranked Moscow as the city with greatest number of billionaires that totaled to 79, displacing New York City by three.
    • The Russian parliament in Moscow is known as ‘Duma’.
    • The widespread transit system of Moscow includes 9 railroad terminals, 4 international airports, and the Moscow metro, which has the second highest rider ship after Tokyo.
    • Moscow metro which was opened in the year 1935 is famous for its elegant architecture with art, murals, mosaics, and elaborate chandeliers. The Moscow metro has a total of 182 stations, which boast of one of the deepest subway systems and Europe’s longest escalator in Park Pobedy.
    • While traveling in Moscow, you won’t be able to distinguish between hailing a cab and hitchhiking as there is an old Russian tradition where drivers offer rides to strangers in exchange for some fee. Keep it in your mind; there is no ride for free in Moscow!
    • Moscow is home to Orthodox Christianity which once had 1,600 churches until the revolution of 1917 that resulted in the destruction of many of them. After the fall of the Soviet Union, many of the churches are being restored.
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    • Moscow has many iconic buildings of architectural excellence and it is home to many world heritage sites, like the Kremlin, Red Square, Kolomenskoye Palace, and Novodevichy Convent.
    • The Ostankino Tower in Moscow is the highest tower in Europe. It held the record of being world’s tallest self supporting structure from 1967 to 1975. Annually, stairs race competition is organized at the tower for people above ten years old. The fastest record made was 11 minutes and 55 seconds.
    • The Russian State Library in Moscow, which was founded in 1862, is the biggest in Europe and second biggest in the World after Library of Congress in USA.
    • The most expensive street in Moscow is Tret’yakovskiy proezd which has franchises of many plush brands, like Armani, Gucci, Lil Sander, Chopard, Brioni, Prada, and Tiffany&Co.
    • The flag of England and Moscow have the same figure of St. George in armor and riding a horse back while slaying a dragon with his lance.
    • The people of Moscow are known as Muscovite in English and Moskvitch in Russian.
    • Moscow is a city with great military legacy. After the German invasion of USSR in Second World War, the city served as the major strength of the Russian military and was chosen as the location of the Soviet State Defense Committee and the General Staff of the Red Army.
    • The major sports events hosted by Moscow include, the 1980 Summer Olympic Games and the first World Youth Games of 1998. Moscow has won the right to host the World Cup FIFA 2018.
    • Moscow’s green cover that includes parks and gardens is much more than other Western cities of comparable size. Izmaylovsky Park, created in 1931, is one of the largest urban parks in the world. The park’s area is about 15.34 square kilometers (5.92 sq mi) which is about six times greater than the Central Park of New York.
    • The largest Botanical garden in Europe is the Tsytsin Main Moscow Botanical Garden of Academy of Sciences, founded in April 1945.

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