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Although it is the largest city in Europe, Russia’s capital is best explored on foot and through its metro maze. Moscow boasts of impressive architecture, art galleries, museums, churches and cathedrals, and numerous parks and gardens. It’s a great place to go ice skating in the winter, or to experience the banya therapy (hot steam bath, followed by a whipping with birch branches) that made the Russian bath houses famous. Two circuses, a puppet theater, water parks, and many other attractions make Moscow ideal for a family trip as well.
State Tretyakov Gallery
Famous The history of Russian art
The history of Russian artStay.com Editors' Note
Moscow’s State Tretyakov Gallery is one of the country’s biggest museums, housing more than 100,000 art works - including icons, graphics, paintings sculptures - spanning Russian art’s entire history.
The State Tretyakov Gallery collection was began by Pavel Tretyakov, a textile firm owner, in 1870. Popular from the moment its doors flew open, the gallery grew enormously after Tretyakov’s death.
Following the October Revolution the State Tretyakov Gallery received hundreds of art treasures from private collections, other museums, monasteries and cathedrals, making it the largest collection of its kind in the country. The museum’s Russian realism collection from the latter part of the 19th century is considered the finest of any in the world.