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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.

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Diamond Fund

Diamond Fund

Famous Russia's biggest collection of gems

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Russia's biggest collection of gems Editors' Note

The Diamond Fund in Moscow is a huge, unique collection of valuable gems, precious stones and jewelry, exhibited deep within the Kremlin in Moscow. The Diamond Fund was first established back in the days of Peter I, in 1719.

Originally created by Peter I in order to store his vast gem collection, the Diamond Fund has since become the principal site of the nation’s treasures, similar to that of the Tower of London in England.

The Diamond Fund has grown considerably, with many later Tsars adding their own personal collections to it, although some looting and theft took place during Soviet times.

Notable gems stored at the Diamond Fund which can be seen include the 189 carat Orlov Diamond, and the88 carat Shah Diamond, as well as the Russian imperial crown.

Diamond Fund
Sobornaya Ploshad, Kremlin, 103073 Moscow
+7 (495) 229-20-36
Tours daily from 10:00 to 17:00 at twenty-minute intervals, closed Thursdays.