The Moscow Cathedral Mosque today impresses with its magnificence. But few people know that its history starts with the year 1904. That's when the first cathedral mosque was built in Moscow. A Moscow architect Nikolay Zhukov developed the project, and the famous Tatar merchant Salih Erzin became the patron. In the era of the Soviet Union, it was the only mosque in the city, which was not closed and held worship services. However, in the year 2005 it was decided to renovate, and in 2011 construction began on the new mosque, designed by architects Ilias Tažieva and Alexei Kolenteeva.
The Russian State Library (RSL) is a scientific and educational center in the area of bibliology, library and bibliography science. There are over 275 km of bookshelves in the Library with a unique collection of both domestic and foreign documents in 367 languages. Its book fund consists of over 45 million pieces. In addition to books, the library stores specialized collections of maps, sound recordings, music, rare books, dissertations, newspapers, and other types of publications.
Arbat can rightly be called the main Moscow Street. And not because it is the largest or Central Metropolitan artery. Not at all. Muscovites and guests of the capital value it for its unique charm, standing architectural samples of past eras, for its freedom and romance, which the street artists and musicians personify, for its unique spirit of old Moscow, which is noble and intelligent. Many homes of the Arbat are linked to the history and life of great Russian people and preserve their names. Indeed, the Arbat is a unique place.
Gorky Park is the Central Park of the capital, which is visited by more than 40,000 people on weekdays and 250,000 on weekends or holidays. From 2011 onwards the Park has been setting new standards, having become the first world-class Russian park, with space for recreation, sports, dances and outdoor games. park-gorkogo.com
The Moscow Zoo was founded more than a century and a half ago. From the outset, on the site of today's Zoo were breeding ponds in which all kinds of fish were bred. At the end of the 18th century, near the Presnenskii ponds began to appear the menagerie, which of course was not like the current one, but already at that time pleased the whole population of Moscow with their inhabitants. The organizer of the Moscow Zoo was Tsar Alexander II, who gave the new Zoo an elephant, and allowed everyone to bring animals to the Zoo.