Postcrossing ID: RU-2980
Date Sent: 22 August 2006
Date Received: 11 December 2006
Days Travelled: 111
Distance Travelled: 7,498 km
This postcard, my first from Russia, remains the record-holder for the slowest Postcrossing card I’ve yet received, taking almost four months to reach me in Thailand (the second slowest stands at 62 days). Along the way, it lost one of its stamps.
Moscow, of course, is the capitol city of Russia and is first referenced in a letter dating from 1147. A wooden wall, known as the Kremlin, was built in 1156 to surround the emerging city but the Mongols sacked the city in 1237-38, burning it to the ground and killing its inhabitants. Moscow recovered and went on to develop into a stable and prosperous municipality. Today, it has the largest number of billionaire residents in the world and is one of the world’s largest urban economies. It’s population of more than twelve million makes it the most populous city in Europe as well as the northernmost and coldest metropolis on Earth.
The card pictures Red Square which separates the Kremlin, the former royal citadel and currently official residence of the President of Russia, from a historic merchant quarter known as Kitai-gorod. The buildings surrounding the square are all significant in some respect. Lenin’s Mausoleum, for example, contains the embalmed body of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, the founder of the Soviet Union. Other structures in and around the square include St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Kremlin, GUM Department Store, Kazan Cathedral, and the State Historical Museum.