2. Moscow is the political and business center of Russia, as well as the nation’s seat of power and home to its leading economic and financial institutions, over half of the country’s commercial and specialized banks, representative offices of major Russian companies, and leading world corporations.
3. <ul><li>Moscow has... </li></ul><ul><li>over 5,500 restaurants, </li></ul><ul><li>over 600 museums, historic estates, and art galleries, </li></ul><ul><li>over 350 sports arenas, stadiums, swimming pools, and skating rinks, </li></ul><ul><li>200 hotels, </li></ul><ul><li>over 100 theatres and concert halls, and </li></ul><ul><li>over 100 gardens and parks </li></ul>
4. One third of the country’s academic workers are concentrated in Moscow. More than one million undergraduate students and some 50,000 graduate students are doing their studies in the Russian capital.
5. 38% of the country’s historic sites are concentrated in Moscow, 200 of which are included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Over 70% of all foreign tourists arriving in Russia visit Moscow.
6. More than 4 million tourists visited Moscow every year, with most of the visitors arriving from Germany, the United States, China, Great Britain, France, Italy, Israel, Japan, and Spain.
7. All the Moscow airports carrying out the international flights have the branched out infrastructure: information terminals, modern system of passengers registration, convenient halls. On their territory there are rooms of mother and child, cafes, restaurants, shops, drugstores, help to invalids and other services.
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9. Moscow can be considered the very heart and soul of Russia — and with good cause. Despite its old age, the city is eternally youthful, multifaceted yet holistic. Moscow is growing and changing rapidly, while at the same time managing to remain an essentially Russian city.
10. Moscow’s history, which stretches back almost a thousand years, is reflected in its rich architecture, crowned by the Kremlin. It is worth traveling to Moscow — even if just for one day — to admire the Kremlin’s majestic ensemble created by the genius of Italian architects and devoted labor of unknown Russian craftsmen.
11. Do you love music and theater? Moscow is undoubtedly Russia’s theater and music capital. It hosts the country’s main theater, the Bolshoi Theater, as well as the oldest one, the Maly Theater. Local theaters stage over a hundred premiers annually. The Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory ranks among the best concert halls in the world, and it also happens to be the most prestigious one in Russia
12. Sports fan? Moscow certainly has something to boast in that area, as well. It hosted the Summer Olympic Games in 1980 and the World Youth Games in 1998. All sorts of athletic competitions are held in Moscow, which offers 10 large stadiums, over 200 swimming pools, 40 sports palaces and more than 20 covered ice rinks. Everyone will find a hearty welcome, from professional sportsmen and spectators to the average fitness buff.
13. Moscow also harbors museum treasures and art galleries, old estates and beautiful parks.
14. Wrapped up in myriads of lights, looking romantic and glamorous, Moscow captivates visitors with its thriving nightlife.