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Moscow

Moscow is one of the most beautiful world capitals, a huge cultural and tourist center of Europe and the whole world. More than 4 million foreign guests visit the Russian capital annually.

The first reference to Moscow dates from 1147 – this year Moscow celebrates its 866 birthday. For its centuries-long history city has been the capital of the Grand Duchy of Moscow, Tsardom of Russia, The Russian Empire (1728-1730), Soviet Russia and USSR.

Moscow is the largest Russian city with a population of more than 12 million people according to the official data sources, being on the list of the 10 most populous cities in the world.

The biggest Russian metropolis combines the most important country’s sights such as different historical- cultural and architectural monuments with contemporary entertaining infrastructure.

Every tourist who comes to Moscow visits Red Square, the Kremlin, The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour (the outstanding monument of architecture) – and that’s only the beginning of Moscow sightseeing guided tour. To realize the city’s extent tourists visit Sparrow Hills or get a move on Ostankino Tower, which is the sixth tallest freestanding structures in the world (540 m). 

The modern Moscow counts over 100 theaters, including Bolshoi Theatre, Maly Theatre, Moscow Art Theatre named after A. P. Chekhov, Sovremennik Theatre and others. There are more than 600 museums (State Tretyakov Gallery, Pushkin Museum of fine arts, Polytechnic Museum, State Historical Museum, Zoological Museum of Moscow University, Botanical and Zoological Gardens) in the capital. Huge exhibition halls operate in Moscow as well, such as: Central House of Artists, Moscow Manege, Crocus Expo and others. 

There are a lot of cultural and sporting events, a variety of exhibitions and festivals held in Moscow every year. Among the best known and attended are the Moscow International Automobile Salon, The Moscow International Film Festival, Kremlin Cup, International Aviation and Space Salon, Eurovision Song contest etc. Delphic Games of the modern era took place in Moscow in 2000 and 2012. Also Moscow hosted XXII Summer Olympic Games in 1980. 

2014 Winter Olympic Games will also take place in the Russian Federation, in Sochi. And it is quite symbolic that “Miss Universe - 2013” will be crowned in Moscow just a few months before such a global event.  

TUNE IN on November 9th on NBC at 9pm ET to watch the 2013 MISS UNIVERSE® Competition from Crocus City Hall in Moscow, Russia.