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Moscow is the capital of Russia and one of the largest cities in Europe. It is the largest city in our country. More than 8 million people live there. Besides, every day about one million people come to Moscow from all over Russia and other countries.

Moscow was founded more than 800 years ago by Yuri Dolgoruki. Our capital is situated on the banks of the Moscow River. It is a main political, economic-al and cultural centre of our country.

The heart of Moscow is Red Square, the central and the most beautiful square in Moscow. Here you can see the most beautiful masterpieces of Russian architecture - the Kremlin and St. Basil's Cathedral. They attract lots of tourists. Thousands of visitors enjoy the Tsar-Bell and the Tsar-Cannon, the Bell Tower of Ivan the Great, churches and museums of the Kremlin.

Moscow is also an important cultural centre. There are other beautiful palaces, old mansions, cathedrals, churches and monuments in Moscow. Now Moscow is being reconstructed and we all hope that in a few years the city will become even more beautiful. There are more than 100 museums in Moscow. The largest museums are the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts and the State Tretyakov Gallery. Other unique museums in Moscow include the All-Russia Museum of Folk Arts, the Andrei Rublev Museum of Early Russian Art, Alexei Bakhrushin Theatre Museum, Mikhail Glinka Museum of Musical Culture and many others. Moscow is famous for its theatres. The best-known of them is the Bolshoi Opera House. Drama theatres and studios are also very popular.

Moscow was the host to the XXII Summer Olympic Games in 1980. It has a number of sportsgrounds and stadiums built or reconstructed for that event.

Moscow is the city of highly developed industry. It has numerous modern enterprises, mostly engineering and metalworking plants. Moscow is also a centre of the chemical industry.

Moscow is the port of five seas. Four airports connect it with other parts of our country and many other countries. There are nine railway stations in Moscow.

Moscow can be called a city of students. There are a great number of schools, gymnasiums, lyceums, colleges, institutes and universities there. Moscow has the oldest Russian university, founded in 1755 by Lomonosov.

Moscow is very beautiful. Plenty of green parks, large squares and wide streets make Moscow very attractive.

Moscow is the seat of the Russian Parliament (the Duma) and the centre of the political life of the country.

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