Novodevichy convent has been a magnet for locals and city guests for the last 500 years. The fact that over the past two centuries the monastery served as a place of imprisonment for the royalty adds the flare of dark romanticism. Today, Novodevichy also is one of the most prestigious and expensive burial places in Moscow. There is a peaceful pond with swans by the entrance.
At 600 years old the main cathedral at the Monastery is the oldest building outside of the Moscow Kremlin walls. Its wall design was done by the famous Russian icon painter Andrei Rublev. During the soviet period Andronievsky convent was used as the concentration camp and later as the shelter for the homeless children.
This small and rather cozy convent cannot boast the great views but its original high relief taken from the Cathedral of Christ the Savior is certainly a must see, especially for admirers of the shiny finish of the Cathedral’s modern version.
Technically is no longer a monastery, but a functioning church. The oldest building dates 17th century, however, the history of this place goes back to the 13th century. For those interested in old style wooden architecture there are quite a few old buildings to look at.
The monastery is one of the most iconic places in the city. It is a place that hosts some of the most disciplined monks in the world, and it is one of the most historic buildings in the world. You can take a tour of the monastery, and you will be able to see the history of the Russian Orthodox Church through the eyes of the people who built up and maintained that monastery. It is a place that is serene, beautiful and reminds you that there is a quiet place in Moscow.
Gorky Park, the largest and the most famous city park, offers best walking trail covering the entire city center and activities for every taste and age. While walking along the park paths watch out for everything on wheels – from mothers with strollers to bearded men on segways. Gorky Park's attractions are generally more appealing for locals, but it's the place to come if you want to find out how the majority of Muscovites spend their free time. Across the road from the main entrance, in front of the House of Artists, is the Graveyard of Fallen Monuments, a ramshackle but intriguing collection of old Soviet official statues and other homeless sculpture that's well worth a brief inspection.
VDNH translated as the Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy – is the museum complex of the Soviet Empire in the open air. Recently, VDNH underwent a major renovation, so visitors can see the old Soviet grandeur in its full splendor.
The Park’s main landmark is the 140 meter tall obelisk topped with the statue of Goddess Nike (AKA as “Fly on a Needle” or “Shashlyk”). The place is popular with skaters and chronic patriots. For nature lovers there are remnants of an apple orchard across the street from the park, while the history buffs may enjoy the largest in Europe circular diorama depicting the War of 1812.
One of the oldest Moscow park grounds, Sokolniki got its name for a falcon hunt (“sokol” is the Russian name for falcon) taking place as early as in 15th century. One of the vistas used for hunting made by Peter the Great himself still exists.
The youngest and the smallest among the listed parks boasts a labyrinth of canals, recreational facilities, fast food places popular with the local youth, and the most impressive views of the Moscow City towers.'