The capital of Russia, Moscow, got its name after the Moskva River. It was founded by Yury Dolgoruky, a Russian prince. Below is a dateline recalling how Moscow came to be.

1147 – Moscow was first mentioned when Prince Yury invited the prince of Novgorod-Severski to the city saying, “come to me, brother, to Moscow.”

1328 – Moscow was declared the capital of Russia. During this time, many princes from the city bought more lands within its territories.

1713 – Peter I, an all-Russian Emperor, ordered the transfer of the country’s capital from Moscow to Petersburg.

1812 – During the Patriotic War with Napoleon, Moscow has suffered big fires that destroyed many of its important buildings. Who started the fire, is something that historians could still not answer.

1918 – On March 12, the title of being the country’s capital was returned to Moscow. This was after many of the communists feared staying in St. Petersburg as it was closer to the borders.

1935 – Moscow Metro’s first line was launched and placed into operation.

1941 – Germans invaded Russia and advanced closer to Moscow (about a few hundred miles).

1980 – Moscow became the host of the Summer Olympics.

1989 – Moscow’s first open elections took place; the last time the event happened was in 1917.

Moscow’s long and colorful history simply added the personality and character of the city. Visiting the place, you’ll still get a few glimpse of the city’s past.