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Across Manège, on the corner of Mokhovaya and Bolshaya Nikitskaya streets is the Church of the Holy Martyr Tatiana. It's easily recognised from the rotunda with a colonnade and the small cupola on its roof.
The Church of the Holy Martyr Tatiana is another building in this neighborhood that was formerly a part of the Pashkov Estate in the C18th. In the C19th it was purchased and presented to the University. Within one complex it comprised a manor house, an apartment building on Bolshaya Nikitskaya and an indoor exercise yard leading out onto Mokhovaya Street. In 1837 the exercise yard was; rebuilt, and the present church now stands there.
The Church of Holy Martyr Tatiana became the University Church – St.Tatiana is the patron saint of students in Russia. After the Revolution it was turned into a Reading-Room, then in 1922 a Student Club, and in 1958 a student theatre. It was restored as a church in the 1990s. Every year special services are held on January 25th – St.Tatiana's Day. It was on that day in 1755 that the documents constituting the University of Moscow were signed into being. Thus St.Tatiana is held as the patroness of students, and her Name-Day is celebrated by students all over Russia.
Students of Moscow University traditionally celebrate St.Tatiana's Day with especial enthusiasm. Gilyarovsky – a C19th newspaper journalist who made his name as a crime reporter – wrote ‘The most deafening crowds you'll hear in Moscow are on Tatiana's Day every year. Students throng the streets singing and laughing, jumping into horse-cabs three or four at a time, and crooning all at once! It was a favourite day for crazy behaviour – but the local cops gave special dispensation, and didn't arrest students on Tatiana's Day’.
Moscow is the capital of the ancient and modern Russian state. It has been playing crucial role for centuries. Here you can face all episodes of rich and gorgeous Russian history.
The city is full of historical buildings, monuments, cathedrals, museums and parks. It started many centuries ago from the Kremlin – medieval city-fortress overlooking the Moskva River. Now it is not only the government seat but open air museum. Behind the tall red brick walls palaces, cathedrals and museums are hidden. You can get there through one of the gates and walk along the streets that saw Ivan the Terrible, Boris Godunov, Peter the Great and all other Romanovs, and the Soviet leaders.
You can visit all the cathedrals on Sobornaya (Cathedral) Square, climb Ivan the Great Bell Tower, take photos of the Tzar Bell and Tzar Cannon, see state regalia, ceremonial vestments and gold and silver relics in the world-known treasury-house – the Armoury Chamber. To say more, the Kremlin and its vicinities are on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
We would like to advise you not to concentrate on the Kremlin only. Now you can get out of the Kremlin through the Spasskiye Gate and find yourself on Red Square – the main square of the country where Victory Day parades take place. In winter there is a skating rink with some kind of souvenir bazar. Red Square is famous for being the part of so called Kitai-Gorod – the second ring of fortified walls. Here you will see the beautiful fairy-tale St. Basil’s Cathedral. It is open for tourists and it’s worth visiting. Other places that pay tourists’ attention are GUM (the main center for shopaholics), Lenin’s Mausoleum, the State History Museum and the small Cathedral of the Kazan Icon of Our Lady. If you go along Nikolskaya Street, you will get to Lubyanka Square with the imposing buildings of former KGB and the biggest in Russia Children's World Department Store.
If you decide to go through the Resurrection Gate you will find yourself on Manezhnaya (Manege) Square at the entrance to the Alexander Garden. It’s a large pedestrian open space and a nice place to walk and relax near the fountains. Underground Trade Centre ”Okhotny Ryad” or “the Hunter’s Row” is a paradise for shopping. You can continue your walk towards Arbat or Tverskaya Street. There are also fine buildings to visit and to take pictures of: The Shilov Art Gallery, hotels “Moskva”, “Nationale”, Pashkov's House, The Former House of the Moscow State Duma etc.
If you decide to turn round Georgy Zhukov’s horse monument you’ll occur on Revolution Square where you can visit the Museum of Patriotic War of 1812. From there it’s very easy to get to Teatralnaya or “Theatre” Square limited by the Metropol Hotel, The Bolshoi and the Maly Theatres. In the center you will find a beautiful fountain by Vitali.
All these sites and even more you will be able to visit and explore with knowledgeable audio excursion with offline map from Your Audio Guide “Attractions around the Kremlin”. You will find Moscow very pleasant for spending holidays.