The next item on our trip took us closer to the city center, the administrative circles of Russia. The Alexander Garden lies very close to the Moscow Kremlin and the Red Square. The city’s most secure region has an aura of politics, business and blunt functionality.
The city moves at a very brisk pace in this part unlike the outskirts that we had been visiting till now. The Alexander gardens are quite contrary and almost ironically located in the heart of the city. It is a place which is overfilled with serenity, peace and tranquillity.
The gardens lie along the western wall of the Moscow Kremlin and are like a recluse from the busy city life of central Moscow, one of the busiest cities of Europe. The gardens were constructed way back in 1823 under the auspices of Tsar Alexander I, the then monarch of Russia.
The king commissioned the construction of this famous park as a commemoration of Russian victories over Napoleon in the famous Napoleonic Wars. The garden is a symbol of Russian pride, nationalism, patriotism and utmost sacrifice for the nation.
A realization passed through me when I was walking silently through the beautiful central garden that although wars are never won and bring no good to mankind, it is the immense sacrifice that a human being makes for the welfare of others that matters.
We as citizens of a free world must take cognizance from the fact that brutal wars were fought and thousands of lives were lost in the process of making this world a safer place. Wars may not be good but they are sometimes inevitable. They are interwoven in the history of human existence.
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is an architectural masterpiece and is often considered the Magnum Opus of the renowned Russian architect Osip Bove who designed the Alexander Gardens to renovate this region of Moscow after the Great Napoleonic Wars. This is located in the Upper Garden which is the most prominent region of the Alexander Gardens. The Central garden is famous for the Kutafya Tower of the Kremlin.
The kids enjoyed the fresh air and beautiful flora of the garden whereas for me and my wife it was a philosophical and spiritual experience.