Moscow is a wonderland of parks and green spaces, but one of the most beautiful spots to be, and the place that best symbolizes Russia's glorious past and its cultural legacy, is the Kremlin in Izmailovo
With outstanding architecture, inspired by drawings found in children’s books, as well as drawings and engravings of the Tzar residence of the XVI—XVII centuries, the Kremlin is not just an entertainment complex that attracts thousands of visitors every day, but a cultural symbol of the city. Something of a step back in time, this enchanting space was erected more than 25 years ago, on an abandoned wasteland, to rekindle the glory of the royal past of Russia in the hearts of the locals, and to promote national values to visitors from all over the world.
As much as it stimulates a child’s fantasy, the Kremlin in Izmailovo is a transportive experience, where adults become children for a moment, bewitched by the beauty of the buildings, which captivate from the gate, till up high in the bell tower, where amazing views of the complex unfold in front of spellbound eyes.
The complex is a magnet for visitors of all ages. Young couples pick the outstanding Palace of Happiness to tie the knot, then celebrate the lifetime event in the Royal Hall just like the tsars and tsaritsas of the past. Others choose the Boyarsky Hall, for its hypnotic Russian folk style interior, which has the stuff of epic hero stories. The Palace of the Russian Meal - wooden palace of Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich in Izmaylovo - is another enchanting architectural fantasy, a wooden gem inspired by the building design of the the XVII century. The palace is decorated staircases, balconies and promenades, and can welcome up to 1,000 guests at once in the restaurant inside, which serves international and creative Russian cuisine.
The banquet facility called "Retro Cafe" has gained popularity for events, too, although it can only accommodate 25 guests. But for stylish, small group parties, this room is more than enough. Many birthdays are celebrated in and atmosphere that reminds of a small cafe of the early XX century. In fact, this space reminds more of a cozy apartment, where a chat with close friends is more important that the opulence of the room. Quite the same goes for the "VIP Cafe" room, which only accommodates up to 12 guests.
Children are fascinated by this outstanding complex too, and they have countless reasons to feel attracted by its palaces. Five museums share the honor of being part of the Kremlin in Izmailovo: a small museum, containing a beautiful collection of miniatures made from ordinary colored plasticine by Rostislav Olyunin and Andrew Miller, the World History in Plasticine Miniatures Museum; the Vodka Museum; the Museum of Russian Folk Toys which opens a world of wonder, entertainment, and educational activities for children of all ages; the Bread Museum; and the Museum of the Russian Navy.
Every season, these facilities host a variety of events for children - like the upcoming Moscow Children's Art Festival "Young talent," this year, on November 17th, at its 11th edition. Whenever you choose to visit the Kremlin in Izmailovo, you will find something to see and do, things that make your trip to Moscow the memory of a lifetime. And if you choose to stay at Mamaison All-Suites Spa Hotel Pokrovka Moscow,
your experience will be even more rewarding.
Mihaela Lica-Butler is travel writer and travel public relations consultant by profession, lover of cultures and cuisine. She has built a fun career while chiming in on many topics, from relating the trials and tribulations of the people of Kosovo, to experiencing, first hand, the heroics of the Romanian soldiers serving for the UN. But she thrives in conveying her love for travel and places in written word, and she is happy to be a constant contributor for some of the world's best travel sites.