The topic of the Red Scare always stirs people’s minds, doesn’t it? On this tour you will get an idea about how Moscow looked during Soviet time from 1917 to 1991 when the communists ruled the country. The rest of the World did not know much about what was going on in the USSR and its capital city behind the Iron Curtain. Nevertheless Moscow underwent through significant changes in architecture, culture, political system and lifestyle.
Many historical buildings, churches and monasteries, monuments and even medieval districts were demolished. At the same time many ambitious and huge projects were undertaken, the first skyscrapers (Stalinskie Vysotki) rose, new wide streets and avenues stretched out, spacious parks and shady alleys appeared and one of the busiest metro in the World was built.
You will ride through the streets and places that witnessed October revolution, Stalin repressions, Great Patriotic War, military parades, Perestroika and the collapse of the Soviet Union. This bike tour is well supported by interesting and curious facts, old photos and references to the historical documents.
This tour also appeals to those interested in Soviet architecture (constructivism, postconstructivism, Stalinist Empire style, Art Deco). For lunch we will stop in Soviet style diner.
Red Square and Lenin’s Mausoleum – GUM – Tribunal House – KGB building – Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines – Karl Marx Monument – Bolshoi Theatre – State Duma (former Gosplan) – Central Telegraph Building – Tverskaya street and historic buildings that were moved – the first soviet MacDonalds – Mayakovsky Monument – Stalin skyscraper on Kudrinskaya Square – American Embassy – New Arbat – General Staff of the Armed Forces – Sholokhov monument – The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour – Fallen Monument Park – The house on the Embankment