Ten interesting facts about Moscow
• Ten interesting facts about Moscow
Moscow - the capital and most populous city in Russia, as well as the largest city on the European continent. This is a landmark and a global city, which is a key political, economic, cultural and scientific center of not only Russia, but also in Eastern Europe. It is a city famous Red Square, Kremlin and St. Basil's Cathedral, and it should be on your list of visits.
So you want to get into this mysterious but alluring city? Here are 10 fascinating facts about Moscow.
1. The first McDonald's opened in Pushkin Square January 31, 1990. On this winter day in the cafe queue stretched for several kilometers.
2. Moscow is so great that it is entitled to be a country. The official population of 12 million (2015), and the city is in the top 10 most populous cities in the world. This population of Norway and Switzerland combined. Or Portugal and Estonia. Or in Finland and Denmark. What do you prefer?
3. Gorky Park - a central Moscow park which is visited by more than 100 000 people over the weekend.
4. There is a legend about a secret branch, the so-called Metro-2: bunkers and tunnels linking the Kremlin and other strategic locations.
5. During the Great Patriotic War, the underground was used as a bomb shelter underground. Even the new metro stations were built during the war, in particular Novokuznetskaya Paveletskaya, Bauman, Electrozavodskaya Semyonovskaya and Guerrilla.
6. Moscow boasts the largest number of billionaires in the world. According to Forbes, the city has 84 billionaires with a total wealth of 367 billion dollars. New York ranks second in the ranking with its 62 billionaires.
7. Ivanovo Hill (hill) - one of the oldest parts of Moscow where ancient monuments and buildings at least, and maybe more than in the Kremlin.
8. Big Stone Bridge - the oldest among the Moscow bridge, built in the XVII century.
9. The Kremlin, as we know it, was built by the Italians. When, in the XV century, its walls and temples became seriously dilapidated and in need of repair, Russian architects were unable to cope with this problem. Therefore, the Grand Prince Ivan III invited foreign experts in Moscow, under the direction of which the new churches and the walls were built.
10. The Assumption Cathedral in the Kremlin - the oldest surviving building in Moscow. To date, his 539 years. It was built by August 12, 1479 and is a highlight of the Kremlin.