At Global Alliance, we take the “Worldwide” in our company name very seriously. We pride ourselves in offering premium limousine services to our clientele not only in our home base of Toronto but around the globe. Through our sophisticated network of trusted worldwide affiliates, Global Alliance can provide professional chauffeured services in hundreds of international cities. We will discuss many of the major worldwide destinations served via our affiliate network on this blog. Our destination for today is Russia’s fabled capital city, Moscow.
Russia’s largest city and political capital, Moscow is also the country’s major economic and cultural center; it is likewise one of the largest cities in Europe, one of the top 20 largest cities worldwide by a number of urban population metrics, and the northernmost megacity in the world. The capital and major centre of a succession of Slavic and Russian states for nearly a millennia and a holy city in Eastern Orthodox Christianity (one of its nicknames is the Third Rome), Moscow is now a bustling modern alpha world city, one of the most expensive in the world and a rich and fascinating urban metropolis.
Believed to have been named for the Moskva River which runs through the old city, Moscow was a mere timber fort during the High Middle Ages, but grew under Grand Dukes and Princes into a prosperous city and later acquired cultural sophistication in the Tsarist era. Despite being invaded, besieged and burned several times over the centuries (most famously during Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812), Moscow has maintained its central role as Russia’s beating heart and its most revered city.
Enduring the centuries of upheaval, destruction and revolution is Moscow’s most famous landmark, the high-walled fortress of the Kremlin. Once a formidable medieval castle, the Kremlin is today the seat of political power in Russia and the official residence of its President. One wall of the Kremlin flanks the broad Red Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the central square of Moscow. The magnificent St. Basil’s Cathedral, with its multichromatic onion domes, is on one side of the square, with the State Historical Museum, a major department store, and the mausoleum of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin surrounding the grand public space.
Although Red Square may be the key draw in central Moscow, the city has much, much more to offer. It has a rich and impressive cultural history, as seen in its comprehensive state and private museums and art galleries, historic palaces, churches, monasteries, and convents, as well as at venerable performance venues such as the Bolshoi Theatre. Moscow is also a surprisingly green city, with 450 square kilometres of parks in the city (Gorky Park being the most renowned) and 100 square kilometres of forests as well. An active and proud sports city, Moscow is home to 64 stadium and more than forty indoor sports complexes, with soccer, hockey, and other winter sports being particularly popular.
Transportation-wise, Moscow is served by no less than nine rail terminal stations, many of them crowned by architecturally wonderful terminal buildings. Moscow is also served by five international airports, with Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo as the primary hubs and Vnukovo also handling flights from many major airlines.
Please feel free to contact Global Alliance Worldwide Chauffeured Services for all of your transportation needs in Moscow, Russia.