Izmailovo Kremlin Tours

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Opened in 2003, the Izmailovo Kremlin on the outskirts of Moscow pays homage to the other kremlins around Russia. Built in a pseudo-Byzantine style, it was inspired by both Russian fairytales and the design of early Russian palaces. More than a half dozen museums can be found within the Kremlin walls, including the Museum of the History of Vodka, the Museum of Bread, the Museum of Miniatures, the Museum of the History of the Russian Navy and the Chocolate Museum. There are also a couple restaurants and a wooden church dedicated to St. Nicholas of Myra, the patron saint of arts and crafts. Visitors can also learn more about traditional Russian matryoshka (nesting) dolls and even try painting their own.

Adjacent to the Kremlin is the Izmailovo Vernissage, a large flea market where visitors can buy a variety of souvenirs and kitschy items such as fur hats, chess sets, Soviet paraphernalia and, of course, matryoshka dolls. Prices are generally lower than elsewhere in Moscow and bartering is expected; transactions are cash only. The Vernissage is open daily, but many vendors only come out on the weekends.

Practical Info

To visit the Izmailovo Kremlin, take the Metro to Partizanskaya. Exiting the station, take a left and it is a short walk to the Kremlin. Note that there is also a Metro stop called Izmailovo, but it is actually quite far from the Kremlin.
Address: 73G, Izmailovskoye Shosse, Moscow, Russia
Hours: Daily 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Admission: 10 rubles
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