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Ottawa Travel Photographer | Museum of the Great Patriotic War in Moscow, Russia

Hall of Glory, Museum of the Great Patriotic War

The “Hall of Glory” featured in full state grander with thousands upon thousands of names etched into the circular wall. The names commemorate every Russian soldier who laid down their lives to hold back and eventually defeat the Nazi Germany advance. This room was just so large that my 16mm lens was perceptively incapable of photographing it – actually the scale of everything in Moscow is just off the charts in a really neat way. This picture was taken with me lying on my back and doing a crunchy. The lighting in this room was just so very nice too…it will surely be a museum room that I’ll always remember!

Ottawa Travel Photographer | Новослободская Metro Station in Moscow, Russia

Moscow, Russia – Новослободская Metro Station

A Russian lady stands statue still in front of the “Peace Throughout the World” mosaic. Another highly impressive subway station deep below Moscow’s streetscape!

Ottawa Travel Photographer | Love in the Red Square, Moscow, Russia

Moscow, Russia – Winter Romance in the Red Square

It may have been a cold day, but this couple found a way to warm it and the Red Square up!

Ottawa Travel Photographer | Museum of the Great Patriotic War in Moscow, Russia

War Art – Museum of the Great Patriotic War

March into Red Square…

Ottawa Travel Photographer | Museum of the Great Patriotic War in Moscow, Russia

War Art – Museum of the Great Patriotic War

World War II depictions from “The Great Homeland War” between Nazi Germany and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

Ottawa Travel Photographer | Museum of the Great Patriotic War in Moscow, Russia

War Art – Museum of the Great Patriotic War

World War II depictions from “The Great Homeland War” between Nazi Germany and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

Ottawa Travel Photographer | Museum of the Great Patriotic War in Moscow, Russia

War Art – Museum of the Great Patriotic War

World War II depictions from “The Great Homeland War” between Nazi Germany and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

Ottawa Travel Photographer | Museum of the Great Patriotic War in Moscow, Russia

War Art – Museum of the Great Patriotic War

World War II depictions from “The Great Homeland War” between Nazi Germany and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Quite honestly some of the most impressive war-history-art exhibits I have ever seen. My photographs really don’t give it justice, so I would definitely recommend this museum as a “must see in person”!

Ottawa Travel Photographer | Military Hat, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

War Art – Military Hat from the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

This picture was taken at the Museum of the Great Patriotic War located in Moscow, Russia.

Ottawa Travel Photographer | Комсомо́льская Metro Station in Moscow, Russia

Moscow, Russia – Комсомо́льская Metro Station

Pictured here is one part of the magnificent Komsomolskaya subway station (using the Latin alphabet, and Kомсомо́льская using the local Cyrillic spelling). I thought Moscow’s metro system was really efficient once I learnt how to navigate and decipher a few patterns in cyrillic text. Each subway station sported its own unique character and design, and in some cases the decor and lighting was quite opulent. Perhaps the coolest part of the system was just observing the enormity of everything – from the huge escalators that required at least a minute or two of descending into the ground, from the sheer volume of people using the system. A tourist could easily spend a few days just visiting and photographing everything there is to see in Moscow’s beautiful metro stations. This picture captured a very quick moment of calm quietness. Literally seconds later trains arrived on both sides of the platform and the place was elbow-to-elbow with people.

Ottawa Travel Photographer | St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, Russia

Moscow, Russia – St. Basil’s Cathedral in the Winter, Red Square

St. Basil’s Cathedral, pictured from inside the Red Square of Moscow, Russia. This moment marked one of the most enjoyably difficult pictures I’ve ever taken of a building during the winter time! 🙂

On this mighty fine day the wind speeds were blowing briskly between 20 to 32 km/h over a “pleasant” temperature of -24 (just one degree shy of matching the all-time record low of -25 recorded for February 2nd in 1999). 🙂 Safe to say, even for a diehard, winter loving Canadian, it was cold! Actually, colder than cold! LOL Yet, I managed to find the strength to wrap my fingers around my camera before they both froze up. To add some further complexity, my eye also felt a bit confused on how to frame and expose this picture given the very beautiful and intricate diversity of colours and angles present (which by design were not always symmetrical) under a blanket of brighly reflecting snow.

I wasn’t totally sure how my photographing buildings in this area would be received by the locals, and more importantly the heavy police presence. But all told, the people I met in Moscow were super nice — with only the weather being cold. I eventually found a way to buy a permit to photograph inside and outside this and other buildings without worry, and I ultimately came home with all of my camera gear!!! This structure was built between 1555 and 1561, and featured in the bottom left is a statue of Kuzma Minin and Dmitry Pozharsky (The Butcher and Prince).