The grounds of the former estate are today part of a 160-acre (400-hectare) conservation area with notable 600-year-old oak trees.
Izmailovsky market is one of the locations, which should definitely take a top spot on your places to visit in Moscow. A wide range of Russian Souvenirs paintings, antique and craft gifts and second-hand trifles at a fair price – this place will meet your every need. While walking around the stalls not only will you find nice gifts for each and every one. This location will provide you with a feeling of a true Russian national atmosphere. The market is situated in a beautifully architected Izmailovsky Kremlin. Before preparing your wallets for buying numerous gifts, take a walk around to experience the national culture.
Just imagine a recreated 16th century architecture with a modern feel to it. In 2003 the fire burnt most of it, but in 2005 one Russian businessman decided that this piece of history, taking its roots from 16th century, has to be rebuilt. Even if it has to be 4 times smaller than it used to. Though colorful wooden rooftops put a smile on your face, this project was built without ironic underlying. The idea was to combine culture with up-to-date standards to provoke interest in people of any age. And now it is a place, which can be a good example of how history can harmonize with modernity. Let's take a small online tour to persuade you in it.
Once you step in, your nose feels the scent of national cuisine. Your eyes see, how people are busy participating in different activities. Try it yourself: earn a medal for elbow bending in Vodka museum, make a vase in a pottery class or sew a doll in the museum of Russian toys. If you notice a happy couple in unfamiliar costumes, it means that you've just become a witness of a local wedding.
If you thought that is all, what you can see here, just take a couple of steps further. Now it feels like you're in an open-air gallery – a first spot of the market. Various artists share their talent with strangers, hoping to sell their masterpieces.Izmailovsky Market can offer you a flea market, where you can try your luck in finding something valuable and special.
If you're searching for something more unique and chic, some sellers can offer vintage and antique gifts, designed chess boards, jewelry, kitchenware.