Moscow is Russia’s capital and biggest city, with a population of 12.2 million inside the city boundaries and 16.8 million within the metro area. Moscow is one of Russia’s three federal cities (the others are Saint Petersburg and Sevastopol, although the status of the latter is disputed due to the annexation of Crimea by Russia).
Moscow is Russia’s and Eastern Europe’s primary political, economic, cultural, and scientific hub, as well as the biggest metropolis fully on the European continent.
Moscow is the ninth most expensive city in the world, yet it is also one of the world’s fastest rising tourism attractions.
Moscow is the world’s most populous inland city, located on the Moskva River in the Central Federal District of European Russia. The city is well-known for its architecture, notably for ancient structures like as Saint Basil’s Cathedral, which has vividly colored domes. It is one of the greenest capitals and largest cities in Europe and the globe, with vegetation covering more than 40% of its land.
The city has served as the capital of many nations, including the medieval Grand Duchy of Moscow and the following Tsardom of Russia, as well as the Soviet Union and the modern Russian Federation. Moscow is regarded as the cultural capital of Russia due to the residence of Russian artists, scientists, and sports leaders, as well as the existence of museums, academic and governmental organizations, and theaters.
The Moscow Kremlin, a historic city-fortress that now serves as the Russian president’s palace, is the center of power for the Russian government. The Moscow Kremlin and Red Square are two of the city’s World Heritage Sites. The city also houses both chambers of the Russian parliament (the State Duma and the Federation Council).
The city is served by a transit network that includes four international airports, nine railway terminals, numerous trams, a monorail system, and one of the world’s deepest underground metro systems, the Moscow Metro, which is the world’s fourth-largest and largest outside of Asia in terms of passenger numbers, and the busiest in Europe. Because of the magnificent design of its 197 stops, it is acknowledged as one of the city’s monuments.