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Moscow's Magic

There's much to explore in the Russian capital, deservedly one of the world's great cities. Feel the buzz of Red Square or the bucolic tranquillity of Novodevichy Monastery; the lingering menace of Lubyanka Square or the staunch piety of the worshippers praying in countless onion-domed churches. Moscow remains the engine room of a nation which spans the Eurasian landmass, a city of twelve million with a history stretching back many centuries to the days when log huts huddled beside a sweeping bend in the Moscow River.

So much history lingers here, not just the much-embellished sagas of tyrants, tsars and invading Tartars in far-off times, but events commanding the world stage during the twentieth century: the 1917 Revolution, Stalinís reign of terror, the Cold War and the eventual collapse of Communism.

But first, come to terms with the Metro, a Gorgon's head of intersecting subways conceived as a showpiece of Soviet might. In the world's most expensive city, a train ride across town costs well under a dollar.

Most images were taken with Nikon D70 (6.3 mpx) in RAW format, a few in 35mm transparency. All are available for licensing. Please visit my website for more pictures and stories from Russia and elsewhere.






St Basil's Cathedral, Red Square
St Basil's Cathedral, Red Square
Cathedral of St Basil, Red Square
Cathedral of St Basil, Red Square
St Basil's Cathedral, Red Square, Moscow
St Basil's Cathedral, Red Square, Moscow
Strollers in Red Square
Strollers in Red Square
Militia officer and his dog, Red Square
Militia officer and his dog, Red Square
Costumed guards, State Museum, Red Square
Costumed guards, State Museum, Red Square
Red Square, opposite the GUM shopping arcade
Red Square, opposite the GUM shopping arcade
Detail of the Grand Kremlin Palace
Detail of the Grand Kremlin Palace
Archangel Cathedral, within the Kremlin
Archangel Cathedral, within the Kremlin
Cathedral Square within the Kremlin
Cathedral Square within the Kremlin
Golden onion domes within the Kremlin
Golden onion domes within the Kremlin
Domes of Ivan the Great Belltower, the Kremlin, in Moscow
Domes of Ivan the Great Belltower, the Kremlin, in Moscow
Orthodox dignitaries at the Kremlin
Orthodox dignitaries at the Kremlin
Religious procession at the Kremlin, Moscow
Religious procession at the Kremlin, Moscow
Orthodox ceremony at the Kremlin's Cathedral Square
Orthodox ceremony at the Kremlin's Cathedral Square
Orthodox ceremony at the Kremlin's Cathedral Square
Orthodox ceremony at the Kremlin's Cathedral Square
Patriarch Alexei II
Patriarch Alexei II
Kremlin from beyond the Moscow River
Kremlin from beyond the Moscow River
Cathedral of St Saviour, rebuilt after the Soviet years
Cathedral of St Saviour, rebuilt after the Soviet years
Onion domes of the Temple of St Sophia the Wisdom of God, facing the Kremlin across the Moscow River
Onion domes of the Temple of St Sophia the Wisdom of God, facing the Kremlin across the Moscow River
Sportivnaya Metro Station in the southern suburbs, near Novodevichy
Sportivnaya Metro Station in the southern suburbs, near Novodevichy
Novodevichy, 18th C. convent of the 'New Maidens' in Moscow
Novodevichy, 18th C. convent of the 'New Maidens' in Moscow
A chapel within Novodevichy Convent
A chapel within Novodevichy Convent
Novodevichy Convent
Novodevichy Convent
Novodevichy Convent
Novodevichy Convent
True believer, Moscow
True believer, Moscow
Orthodox Easter church service
Orthodox Easter church service
Woman at prayer
Woman at prayer
'Christ is Risen': the Orthodox Easter service
'Christ is Risen': the Orthodox Easter service
Celebrating a baptism, Moscow
Celebrating a baptism, Moscow
Matrioshka nesting dolls
Matrioshka nesting dolls
Babushkas eking out a living at a street market
Babushkas eking out a living at a street market
Lomonosov Moscow State University, founded 1755
Lomonosov Moscow State University, founded 1755
Domes of the Pokrov Gate Church, Upper St Peter's Monastery
Domes of the Pokrov Gate Church, Upper St Peter's Monastery
Art students sketching at Vysoky Petrovsky Monastery
Art students sketching at Vysoky Petrovsky Monastery
Churchwarden, Moscow
Churchwarden, Moscow
One of Stalin's 'Seven Sisters', an apartment complex for life members of the Communist Party
One of Stalin's 'Seven Sisters', an apartment complex for life members of the Communist Party
Ukraina Hotel, one of the 'Seven Sisters' landmarks
Ukraina Hotel, one of the 'Seven Sisters' landmarks
In Tverskaya Ulitsa, a major shopping strip
In Tverskaya Ulitsa, a major shopping strip
Is she for real? Moscow
Is she for real? Moscow
Yesterday's heroes in the Sculpture Park
Yesterday's heroes in the Sculpture Park
Yesterday's heroes in the Sculpture Park
Yesterday's heroes in the Sculpture Park
Great Patriotic War Museum at Victory Monument
Great Patriotic War Museum at Victory Monument
Decor of the Stalinist-era Kievskaya Metro Station
Decor of the Stalinist-era Kievskaya Metro Station
Folk dolls for sale at a street market
Folk dolls for sale at a street market