Posts Tagged ‘Kremlin’

The Red Square!

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

When one thinks of Russia, there are several iconic images that come to mind.  For some, it’s the KGB.  For others, it’s caviar and vodka. For me it has always  been the St. Basil’s  Cathedral .  Built in the 16th century by Ivan the Terrible.  Legend has it that its creators, the architects Barma and Postnik were murdered by Ivan the Terrible because he did not want them to replicate the beauty of the Cathedral.

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Check out these light scones along the metro!

Check out these light scones along the metro!

Bas Relief designs inside the Metro.  Design is indeed everywhere.  I adore the floor detail too.  Tee hee!

Bas Relief designs inside the Metro. Design is indeed everywhere. I adore the floor detail too. Tee hee!

Like kids up and down the escalators!  LOL!

Like kids up and down the escalators! LOL!

Moscow walking street.

Moscow walking street.

The gang with all our hats!

The gang with all our hats!

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I was rendered speechless as I was looking at this majestic feat of design and architecture.  I must have taken at least 80 photos of the cathedral. Amazed by the use of color and materials.  It is one of those iconic edifices that just leave a great impression on anyone that sees it.  The cathedral  is situated in the Red Square where the Kremlin is located.  In Russian, I was told that the Red Square roughly translates to “a beautiful place” .  This is indeed very true.
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The most iconic Russian structure!

The most iconic Russian structure!

Another angle of this amazing cathedral.

Another angle of this amazing cathedral.

Photo op.

Photo op.

One day, I will have a birthday cake like this!

One day, I will have a birthday cake like this!

Malu is our travel leader and I play Sergeant at Arms!

Malu is our travel leader and I play Sergeant at Arms!

 Inside the St. Basil cathedral.  Check out the amazing details.

Inside the St. Basil cathedral. Check out the amazing details.

Handpainted details.

Handpainted details.

Antique icons!

Antique icons!

Stole these shots but I had to take it for my blog.

Stole these shots but I had to take it for my blog.

Dramatic lighting.

Dramatic lighting.

Pogi pose!  Yikes!

Pogi pose! Yikes!

Tessa and I.

Tessa and I.

One for the mantle!  You know, i have to print these photos out.  Eversince I started having i-photo I don't print out photos anymore.  I should!  Will make it a project in a few months and make a real photo album and not a virtual one.

One for the mantle! You know, i have to print these photos out. Eversince I started having i-photo I don't print out photos anymore. I should! Will make it a project in a few months and make a real photo album and not a virtual one.

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Coming to Russia and just being at the Red Square is already worth the entire trip.   There is much to do when in the square.  You can visit the Kremlin and walk amidst in treasures.  You can also pay your tribute to Lenin’s tomb where he is is still encased in wax.  You can also go inside St. Basil and enjoy its beauty from the inside. There is also the Russian history museum and if you time it well enough you can also see the changing of the guard.
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 Nix, Divine and I at the Red Square.

Nix, Divine and I at the Red Square.

VIc joins us in the photo.   He really takes amazing photos!  I do hope that he really pursues this as he is really good!

VIc joins us in the photo. He really takes amazing photos! I do hope that he really pursues this as he is really good!

The State Historical Museum.

The State Historical Museum.

Our Russian troupe!

Our Russian troupe!

Amazing architecture!

Amazing architecture!

Inside the church.

Inside the church.

Again stole some photos in the museum.

Again stole some photos in the museum.

Fantastic medals!  One day this will be part  of a future collection. I so know it!

Fantastic medals! One day this will be part of a future collection. I so know it!

An amazing collection of objects.

An amazing collection of objects.

Nix and I loving the stairs!

Nix and I loving the stairs!

Russian costumes.

Russian costumes.

 Ceramic wow!

Ceramic wow!

Guards in traditional costumes.

Guards in traditional costumes.

 Russian grey skies!

Russian grey skies!

 The kremlin walls.

The kremlin walls.

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I particularly loved the changing of the guards because these “guards” were so darn cute, it killed me!  All in all, it was the my highlight of my Moscow visit!
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Cute guards!

Cute guards!

Changing of the guards!

Changing of the guards!

Boy! These Russian soldiers sure are cute!  LOL!

Boy! These Russian soldiers sure are cute! LOL!

I love all these metal work designs!

I love all these metal work designs!

Outside the GUM mall entrance with Malu and Nix.

Outside the GUM mall entrance with Malu and Nix.

Gum's interiors.

Gum's interiors.

Rosan and her cotton candy.

Rosan and her cotton candy.

Mr. Ed Mananayaw, his daughter Kim and another Mr. Ed who served as our guides all throughout Moscow. Maraming maraming Salamat!

Mr. Ed Mananayaw, his daughter Kim and another Mr. Ed who served as our guides all throughout Moscow. Maraming maraming Salamat!

After the red square I went back to my room and played with my toys!  I got this fabulous Matrioshka doll!

After the red square I went back to my room and played with my toys! I got this fabulous Matrioshka doll!

 It has 20 layers!

It has 20 layers!

 INCREDIBLE!  The smallest one is smaller than a mung bean.

INCREDIBLE! The smallest one is smaller than a mung bean.

Went wild with these wooden toys.

Went wild with these wooden toys.

Managed to buy an entire Russian village.

Managed to buy an entire Russian village.

 These tiny animals are just too cute for words!  My inner child comes out!  LOL!

These tiny animals are just too cute for words! My inner child comes out! LOL!

When in Russia, you have to drink this!  It's really smooth.

When in Russia, you have to drink this! It's really smooth.

Moscow at night!  Check out the cars!  I mean vintage cars everywhere!  LOL!

Moscow at night! Check out the cars! I mean vintage cars everywhere! LOL!

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HUGS!
RAJO!