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Moscow - Facts about Russia - Area: 17,075,400 sq km. The world’s largest country, extending across 9 time zones between the Baltic and the Pacific. The Russian Federation is composed of 83 administrative districts, including 46 oblasts (provinces), 21 republics, 9 territories, 4 autonomous okrugs, 1 autonomous oblast and 2 federal cities. Capital: Moscow. Official language: Russian; local languages in autonomous republics. 135 languages.
IZMAYLOVO KREMLIN, MOSCOW, RUSSIA ~~ Izmaylovo is a part of Moscow and anther Kremlin that less known that Kremlin in The Red Square. It is the historical part of Moscow known since 1389. It has been the patrimony of The Romanovs starting the time of Tsar Ivan IV The Terrible, as The Romanovs were the family of his beloved wife Anastasia.
Moscow ~ Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Holy Virgin Mary ~ neo-Gothic church built 1901-11 ~ closed in 1938 and threatened with demolition, it was used after the war as a warehouse, then a hostel ~ Following the fall of communism in 1991, it returned to being a church in 1996. In 2002 it was elevated to the status of cathedral.