Travel to Russia with Your Personal Guide & Driver in
Moscow Arthur Lookyanov
Travel to Russia with Your Private Guide and Professional Driver

Music Boxes of St. Basil's

Music Boxes of St. Basil's

Here is one more picture to my special photo album with Russian Souvenirs. I took this shot occansionly nearby the Resurrection Gates where the entrance to the Red Square from North. Nearby these gates you can find a small flea market where vendors sell souvenirs for tourists. This time I was seduced by these cute music boxes in the shape of the famous St. Basil's cathedral. It was perfect light and colors of these handmade Russian souvenirs were so attractive. Cute churches were not so well arranged and bent as like Pisa Tower on the vendor's tables, and it was pretty hard to make something special because of it were a lot of stuff besides these music boxes… I could not miss it and took several pictures using my telephoto lenses...

Inside the musical box there is a musical winding mechanism, after some winds of the spring you can hear a tune of Russian song "Podmoskovnye Vechera" (Moscow Nights) or other famous melodies, for example, from the ballet of Tchaikovsky "Swan Lake". These musical boxes are entirely hand-crafted from wood, then hand-painted in authentic Palekh or Ghzel styles (Old Russian art schools), then finished with glossy oil lacquer. The tops of the churches are decorated with tiny brass crosses. The average price can vary from 20 to 40 dollars, and depend on the size and quality of painting.

With BEST Regards,
Arthur Lookyanov
Personal Guide & Driver in Moscow
Photos from Moscow, Russia
Last Edited: June 3rd, 2007

Photo taken on 2007-05-23 at 11:51:05

Random customer's Responses & Recommendations.
You are welcome to visit web site of Moscow Guide Arthur Lookyanov.
Paula and Gary Paula and Gary
From: USA
Date: 2013-11-08 20:03:11

Arthur was an absolutely amazing host. So kind, gentle, thoughtful, reliable and professional.

I traveled to Moscow to watch my daughter compete at the IAAF World Championships after suffering a severe leg injury.

Since I was in a wheelchair and unable to navigate the public transit in Moscow, it was so reassuring to know that there was someone available to drive me around the city.

Not only was Arthur a safe and reliable driver, he was also an excellent tour guide and translator. He found creative ways to get me into places that would normally be difficult for the disabled.

I felt like I had a great friend looking out for me during my entire trip.

I even encouraged Arthur to promote his services to the disabled because he provides such great care to his clients.

Needless to say, I would recommend Arthur without hesitation.

Paula (San Francisco, CA)