The grandeur of the city's architecture certainly reflects the
pomp and spectacle of the city's Soviet and imperial past. From
towering skyscrapers and vast squares to metro stations glittering
with marble and chandeliers, Moscow is anything but understated.
Handy then that the main sites - the colourful onion domes of Saint
Basil's Cathedral and the ramparts of the Kremlin and Lenin's
iconic mausoleum are all on Red Square.
Further cultural pleasures await in the world's finest
collection of Russian art at the Tretyakov Gallery and, of course,
at the Bolshoi Theatre. To whet your intellectual appetite even
more, Moscow has provided the setting for some of the greatest
works of modern literature, including the apparition of the devil
in Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita.
But while the architecture may reflect former glories, in modern
Moscow bling is the thing, with fur coats and fast cars the latter
day devil of temptation. Muscovites love nothing more than showing
off their well (and occasionally ill-) gotten gains and as a result
the nightlife scene is one of the finest in the world.
One final thing to consider - the inhabitants of Moscow perceive
their city through the prism of an age old rivalry with cultural
capital of St. Petersburg, and the feeling is entirely
mutual. While St Petersburg is undeniably more beautiful,
Muscovites would argue their patch is way more fun, and with
regular high speed trains between the two, there's a very easy to
make the comparison.