Moscow, Russian Federation
May 21, 2017
Offering a panoramic view of Moscow, the Sparrow Hills, also known as Lenin Hills is one of the highest points in Moscow. From its observation deck, one can have a glimpse of the Luzhniki Stadium (formerly the Lenin Stadium), where the opening and closing ceremony of the 1980 Summer Olympics took place. Just below the stadium and across the Moskva River is the Novodevichy Convent, with its Naryshkin Baroque towers.
Immortalized by many Russian poets and writers, the hills are thought to have been named after the village Vorobyovo that was acquired by Grand Duchess Sophia Vitovtovna, Vitovt’s only daughter, in 1451.
From the viewing deck, tourists may be able to buy or simply look at various souvenirs of Russia that includes magnets and other items depicting the many faces of President Vladimir Putin.
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