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  • Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics
Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics
Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics

The Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics officially opens its doors to the public 10 April 1981. It is an initiative by the Soviet government to commemorate Yuri Gagarin’s achievement as the first person to orbit the earth. It is also the only museum in Moscow that collects, keeps and popularises material relics related to the history of space exploration.

The museum provides an overview on the evolution of Soviet space science from first man-made satellites to first manned space flight, first spacewalks, moon exploration programmes, solar system exploration programs and international space research programmes.

  • Izmailovo Kremlin
Izmailovo Kremlin
Izmailovo Kremlin

Izmailovo Kremlin is a famous flea market established as a cultural center and marketplace loosely modeled after traditional Russian architecture and fairytale depictions of Old Russia. The colorful and bustling complex is home to several single-subject museums. It includes a wooden replica of the summer palace of Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich, where visitors can experience a traditional Russian meal. It is also home to the Church of St. Nicholas, named after the patron saint of crafts and trade, which stands at 151 feet in height and is the nation’s tallest wooden church.

Next to the Kremlin is the Izmailovo District’s landmark open-air market dating back to the 17th century, when it was an avant-garde market selling original paintings, crafts and wares. The market is now connected to the Izmailovo Kremlin by a wooden bridge.

  • Golosov Ravine
Golosov Ravine
Golosov Ravine

Meandering into the Moscow River, Golosov Ravine divaricates Kolomenskoye Park into two. Once a royal settlement, the Kolomenskoye Park provides an enticing ambience for a stroll. In addition, the tales surround the ravine add an air of mystical intrigue to the enchanting landscape.

The primitive tale of mystery dates back to 1621 when a time-warping mist descended on Golosov Ravine. The ravine was not only once said to be a site of a shrine to Velves, the Slavic trickster god of earth, water, wood, magic and the underworld; but is also the site of several springs considered sacred in Russian Orthodox, neopagan, new age traditions and contains a neopagan sacred stone shrine consisting of two five-ton rocks called Diviy (radiating (radiating “female energy”) and Gus (radiating “male energy”).

Join us in the upcoming QS WORLDWIDE 2018 from 22-23 May 2018 in Moscow, Russia, as we discuss the topic on “In Search of University Excellence: Perspectives from Russia and Emerging Countries”

Source: Atlas Obscura