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Moscow’s 868th: Historic Reenactment, Red Square Concert and Spasskaya Tower Festival

Today we celebrate the Day of Moscow.

Watch live as of this posting: massive historic reenactment and concert on Red Square, marking Moscow’s official 868th birthday. This early concert kickstarts the celebrations. Moscow today hosts over 50 free concerts happening simultaneously all over the city.

I have to mention that this date is counted from the so-called first official mention of Moscow in the Russian chronicles. However, the date isn’t accurate, as recognized by many historians. Moscow is much older and the reason no prior direct mentions are found is because history was diligently re-written and true records burned on more than one occasion. For this reason it’s so hard to prove the real age of Moscow, which may likely be thousands of years.

But even the known 868 years of history aren’t so bad. From the ancient times to Ivan and the Time of Troubles, to Peter the Great, Napoleon war and on to WWII and modern days – check out Moscow and Russia’s rich, turbulent and colorful history with the amazing backdrop of St. Basil’s, performed by some of the best Russian singers and actors. Moscow (Moskva in Russian) is one of the most sung cities on the planet. Some nice songs about Moscow in this show.

A great song My golden Moscow, which is the official anthem of Moscow, starts at 44:25.

Added!

A very cool video! International festival of military music and art Spasskaya Bashnya (Spasskaya Tower) also began tonight. Video of the opening of the festival with spectacular music, dance and acrobatic performances from many countries.

Открытие Международного военно-музыкального фестиваля «Спасская башня»

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