Some photos from the summer of 2007 when I first visited Moscow. It was quite a surreal trip really, I wasn't sure what to expect at all on a number of levels. Spending time in and around Red Square I was struck by how weird it was to be there, as I recognised all the buildings from the news, probably in the late '80s and the '90s.
This building on Nikolskaya ulitsa stands where the first printed book was produced in Russia in 1563.
The building is called the Synod Printing House.
This building is, or was, part of the Zaikonospasskiy Monastery, although the street frontage now houses a café.
The cathedral of the Epiphany Monastery (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epiphany_Monastery
), just off Red Square opposite the entrance to Ploshchad Revolyutsii Metro station on Nikolskaya ulitsa.
St. Basil's Cathedral, obviously. Although perhaps not everyone knows that it is actually better known in Russia as the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Blessed Virgin on the Moat. My girlfriend had no idea what I was talking about when I mentioned Basil.
The sun dipping behind the Nikolskaya Tower (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kremlin_towers
), built in the 15th century then rebuilt early in the 19th century before being damaged during the 1917 revolution and subsequently restored.
GUM. When I first visited here I hadn't joined the dots of my knowledge and didn't realise GUM was directly opposite the Kremlin.
The Spasskaya Tower (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spasskaya_Tower
), originally built in the 15th century although it underwent significant remodelling in the 17th century.
I think this is one of the domes of the Cathedral of the Annunciation which is within the Kremlin.
The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour as seen from next to the Kremlin wall.
Flower beds in front of the Manege (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moscow_Manege
), a former 19th century indoor riding academy now used as an exhibition space.
Jets of water forming an arch in the gardens next to the Manege. I spent quite a while standing under here, enjoying the cooling effect of the water passing through the air.
Red Square just after sunset.