17th century cat portrait and history of Tetris: Russpass new Moscow videos

January 27

New videos on Moscow can be found on the website of the Russpass digital tourist service. The collage videos made in a unique style of suprematism tell about the architecture, history and culture of the Russian capital. Overall, 13 such videos will be made with the helping hand of journalist and anchor Vladimir Rayevsky.

They offer interesting information about unusual Moscow buildings, landmarks, inventions and events. The videos tell about Moscow’s first unusual musicians, the inventor of the Tetris tile-matching video game and its connection to Moscow, as well as architectural landmarks such as the Chiselled House on Begovaya Street, the Melnikov House and the sculpture of the Worker and Kolkhoz Woman. For animal lovers there are videos about the first pandas in the Moscow Zoo and the story of the prototype of the dog sculpture at Ploshchad Revolyutsii metro station.

Literature fans will get a chance to learn interesting facts about the so-called “bad flat” from Mikhail Bulgakov’s novel The Master and Margarita. There’s a video on The Genuine Portrait of a Cat of the Grand Duke of Muscovy (Le vray portrait du chat du grand duc de Moscovie), a drawing made by Czech painter Wenceslaus Hollar in the 17th century.

The videos are presented in both Russian and English.  The first five in the Russian language are already available in the Russpass online magazine.  One more video will be posted every week. The English language versions will be posted on the Discover Moscow channel on YouTube.

Russpass earlier posted seven animated videos, including a guide, Moscow in Detail with Vladimir Rayevsky. They can be used to work out customised tours around the city.

The Russpass digital travel platform helps people plan trips across Russia, book flights, train, museum and theatre tickets, as well as learn about places worth seeing in Russia and useful services. The Russpass database has over 1,100 interesting offers for tourists, including customised trips.

Over 700,000 people have used the Russpass digital travel service since its introduction on 20 July 2020. As of today, 82 regions have signed cooperation agreements with it, and 58 of them have submitted their travel programmes.

The service was developed at the initiative of the Moscow Government and is supervised by the Moscow Tourism Committee and the Moscow Department of Information Technology.

Source: mos.ru

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