Travel by numbers: Moscow
As the Russian capital prepares to welcomes Eurovision's, er, finest voices, Ben Ross fills out the city's scorecard
Saturday 16 May 2009
The number of times the Eurovision Song Contest has been held since it began in 1956. This year Moscow is the lucky host city, following Russia's victory in 2008 with Dima Bilan's "Believe". The event will be staged at Moscow's Olympic Indoor Arena and broadcast on BBC1 from 8pm tonight. eurovision.tv
The number of chapels within St Basil's Cathedral, known more properly as the Cathedral of Intercession of the Virgin on the Moat. The onion domes arguably make it Moscow's most recognisable building, but it was almost demolished during Stalin's reign, when it was seen as hindering plans for parades in Red Square. Open daily except Tues, from 11am-5pm; admission 100 roubles (£2). moscow.info
The price, in pounds, of a tourist visa for UK citizens visiting Russia. (This rises to £100 for the next-day service.) You also have to add at least £25.30 in service fees, and £7.40 to have your passport returned by post. Visitors must provide visa support documents, usually from the hotel in which you will be staying. ru.vfsglobal.co.uk
Number of lines on the Moscow Metro, the world's second most-used underground system (after Tokyo; London's Tube system comes a distant ninth). Among the most beautiful stations on Moscow's underground is Mayakovskaya on the Zamoskvoretskaya line, built in 1938 and decorated in the art-deco style. A ticket on the metro costs only 22 roubles (45p). engl.mosmetro.ru
The year Lenin died, aged 53. His embalmed body lies in state at the foot of the Kremlin wall and is still one of Moscow's most popular – if ghoulish – sights. Open 10am-1pm, Tues-Thurs and Sat; admission free. lenin.ru/index_e.htm
Moscow's position in the hotels.com Hotel Price Index, which makes it the most expensive city in the world to find a bed; the average price per room is £207. At the top end of this top-end market is the Ritz-Carlton, where doubles start at £505. However, there is value to be had: the Comrade Hostel near Red Square has dormitory beds from €23. ritzcarlton.com; comradehostel.com
The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
£240 - £275 per day: Investigo: Support the global business through in-depth a...
Negotiable: Ashdown Group: Data Manager - MySQL, Shell Scripts, Java, VB Scrip...
£27000 - £32000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Application Support Analyst - near S...
£23000 - £27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This successful group of compan...