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Izmailovo Kremlin

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The Kremlin in Izmailovo is located opposite Partizanskayametro station. You won’t miss it: it looks astoundingly impressive even from afar. Contrary to expectations, this cultural and historical complex was constructed not so long ago, as late as in the early 21st century. The complex is a large-scale copy of an Old Russian castle comprising genuine towers, fortress walls, a barbican bridge, chambers, and even an Orthodox church. The entrance to the Kremlin is guarded by streltsy, Russian guardsmen of the 16th–early 18th centuries at all times. Visitors have an opportunity to climb the bell tower to take breathtaking photos, ring the bells, and enjoy the beautiful decorations adorning the structures.

The fair of souvenirs and antiques has long become an independent sight of the Kremlin in Izmailovo. Leaving the Kremlin complex without a purchase is totally out of the question: you will find a great variety of gifts to satisfy any taste. Long rows of stalls laden with matryoshkastraditional Russian nesting dolls, painted wooden spoons, dolls, and ushankasa Russian fur cap with ear flaps that can be tied up to the crown of the cap, or fastened at the chin represent only the first half of the famous Izmailovo Vernissage. Here, you can find not only traditional souvenirs but also memorabilia and collectibles: coins, military paraphernalia, old musical records, and a lot more.

As you walk on, you will find a flea market where you can buy genuine antiquities such as bronze pieces, samovarsmetal containers traditionally used to heat and boil water, tableware, and icons dated to different epochs. Prices are negotiable; bargaining is a must. Izmailovo Vernissage where Moscow painters put their works up for sale is open every weekend; there is something for every taste and budget there.

The Kremlin in Izmailovo also offers various types of entertainment: horse riding, dining in a traditional Russian cuisine restaurant, ancient craft masterclasses, guided tours and quests around the complex, and other activities. However, the biggest treasure of this place is its unique museums and workshopsThe Museum of BreadThe Museum of ChocolateThe Museum of Russian Folk ToysThe Museum of History of Vodka in Izmailovo is the most popular attraction. With only several halls, the museum is not large but extremely interesting. Its permanent exhibition is entitled The 500-Year History of Russian Vodka.


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