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Greater Moscow

Ensconced between the featureless mass of Soviet housing estates cluttering the suburbs beyond Moscow’s Garden Ring are a surprising number of green spaces and tourist attractions, perfect for brief escapes from the hectic city centre. Many of the parks were once home to the grand summer estates of Moscow’s aristocratic elite; they conceal architectural gems, such as the palaces of Ostankino and Kuskovo, which have been preserved as museums. South of the city are several fortified monasteries and convents, some founded as early as the 13th century; these shelter pretty churches and cathedrals behind formidable walls, built to defend ...

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