5 fascinating aspects of Moscow, Russia

Moscow is more than just Red Square and the Kremlin, as these unusual attractions reveal another side to the city.

Russia tends to get a lot of bad press, but a visit to Moscow reveals a fascinating side [VIDEO] to the country.

Among the unusual attractions [VIDEO], we have a metro car turned into an art museum, the world's largest bell, Lenin's Mausoleum, a museum of Soviet-era arcade games and some iconic sculptures addressing the vices of man.

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Aquarelle Train - Moscow Metro, Russia

Most metro cars are functional and boring. Moscow has changed that aspect by launching themed cars on the Sokolnicheskaya (Red) Line. One is an art gallery on wheels, decorated on the outside with a replica of a watercolour painting and inside they have removed certain seating to hang colourful art.

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Tsar Bell - Ivan the Great Bell Tower, Moscow, Russia

This is the largest bell in the world and can be seen standing in the grounds of the Kremlin in Moscow. The 11-ton bell was cast in 1735 for Empress Anna Ioanovna, Peter the Great’s niece, but has suffered a series of misfortunes. Two separate fires destroyed the derrick used to lift the bell from its cast. The second caused a portion of the bell to shatter. Today it can be seen in the Kremlin grounds, along with the broken piece. The students in the image give an idea of its massive size.

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Lenin's Mausoleum - Krasnaya Ploshchad, Moscow, Russia

When Vladimir Ilych Lenin, the leader of the Bolshevik Revolution, passed away in 1924, he didn’t believe there was an afterlife and wanted to be buried. However, his body was embalmed instead and put on display in a wooden cube designed by the architect Alexei Shchusev. While the government had planned to bury him after the funeral, many members of the public asked that he rather be put on display and he has laid in a red and black step-pyramid in Moscow ever since.

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Museum of Soviet Arcade Games - 12 ul. Kuznetskiy Most, Moscow, Russia

This games arcade uses really special tokens to play the games. Here you need Soviet-era kopek coins with the emblematic hammer and sickle to have fun. The games, made in secret at the time, have been preserved by some Russian students in the basement of their technical school. The museum currently has around 60 machines including pinball machines, video games and hockey foosball. There are plans afoot to expand the museum as more game machines are found and restored.

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Children are the Victims of Adult Vices - 10 Bolotnaya Ploshchad, Moscow, Russia

These 13 statues are the work of Russian artist Mihail Chemiakin. The collection reveals two unaware children, playing while 13 evil statues look on. The statues represent vices, including child labour, alcoholism, drug addiction, indifference, prostitution, ignorance, sadism, war, pseudoscience, theft, poverty, advocating violence and capital punishment. Initially it was feared the statues would frighten children, but they have been allowed to remain.

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