Thursday, April 30, 2015

Z is for Zamoskvoreche



Z is for the Zamoskvoreche (literally "beyond the Moscow River") area of Moscow.  And so we are nearly back where we started, with the Kremlin on the opposite bank of the Moscow River.

My only mistake on this trip was not staying in this area and opting instead to stay farther afield.  Note to self:  Don't always believe online reviews of hotels.

Walking to the Tretyakov Gallery:


Entrance to the Tretyakov Gallery, holding the largest collection of Russian art in the world:

The gallery had some wonderful iconostases.  Unfortunately, it was another no interior picture places.

Vodootvodnyy Canal, built in 1783-86 to cope with flooding from the Moskva river.  In the distance on the left you can see a church spire in the Kremlin.

Lock tree on the bridge where newlyweds place a lock to symbolize their union:

Another view of the Canal with the Peter the Great Monument in the distance:

Peter the Great:

Tolkien Bonus:  Z is for Zirakzigil, one of the Mountains of Moria, where Durin's Tower was built and where Gandalf slew the Balrog.



And so we end.  

Thanks for travelling with me through 
the cities of far-eastern Europe 
and the places of Middle-Earth.

23 comments:

  1. Zamoskvoreche is quite a mouthful. If the exteriors of these building are so magnificent, how much more impressive would the interiors be? Thank you for taking us on this virtual tour of Far Eastern Europe. As for The Lord of the Rings, maybe I ought to pick that up for reading.

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    1. You must find the time someday to read the trilogy. Or just pick up The Hobbit, which is the precursor, and much shorter. Read Tolkien's bio online to gain insight in to this very creative mind. Thanks for being a faithful reader of this blog and joining me on this tour.

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  2. Congratulations on completing the challenge, Denise!

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  3. Thanks for all the postings. Enjoyed all the pictures.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by each day and reading. I'll be posting more pictures of the trip in the future. There was just so much to see.

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  4. I'd love to go to Tretyakov Gallery. And that lock tree is a beautiful symbol of love. Congratulations on making it to Z! I'm glad I found your blog. :)

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    1. The great thing about the challenge is finding other blogs. Thanks for finding mine and I look forward to your future posts.

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  5. That lock tree is fantastic!

    Congrats on making it to the end of the A to Z Challenge!
    A to Z Co-Host S. L. Hennessy
    http://pensuasion.blogspot.com/

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    1. Someone online posted a picture of a lock tree in another country but I cannot remember where it is. A very clever idea though.

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  6. Congratulations on completing the challenge. Lovely pictures!

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  7. Those love locks really get around. I've seen them in Paris, Verona and Venice. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful photos with us and congratulations on completing the Challenge!

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    1. Someone showed a picture of love locks. Was it you? Thanks for reading the blog and commenting.

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  8. I read that the locks people use end up being so heavy they can damage what they are attached to. I have loved all the pictures you showed us and hope we will get to see many more of them Denise. Enjoyed your theme immensely.

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    1. I think you are right about the locks. Every tree on that bridge was full. They must replace them at some point. Glad you enjoyed the journey. Next year the theme will be totally different since I have no trips planned before then.

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  9. I'm new to love locks. Lovely tradition, lovely photos (as always) I've enjoyed the several posts I've read on your blog this month. Congrats on finishing A to Z. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the photos and the posts. Thank you for finding the blog and commenting.

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  10. Such a beautiful place and I would love to see that museum. The exterior is lovely. A wonderful A to Z

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    1. Thanks. I hope you enjoyed the trip.

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    2. Yup and want to see more pictures:)

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  11. What a lovely place to visit. I have to agree with you, I once made the mistake of relying on on-line hotel reviews. Big mistake. We ended up in a dump in Greece. Congrats on making it to the end of the challenge. I am "almost," there.

    Melissa Sugar
    Twitter: @msugar13
    sugarlaw13@live.com
    http://fictiontoolbox.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for visiting. I have become very skeptical of online reviews. I think competitors find folks to bad-mouth their competition. And we suffer for it.

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