Award Winning Moscow Video
This 2017 AirVūz Video of the Year by contributor Timelab.pro showcases the gilded charm of Moscow, the great capital city of Russia. Shot with a Zenmuse X7 camera on a DJI Inspire 2 drone, the video captures the 'onion domes' of the Orthodox churches, the magnificent statues and monuments which dot the city, the iconic University of Moscow tower, and marvelous aerial shots of the Moskva River. It is one of the most viewed and commented-upon videos on AirVuz.
Moscow in Winter
The title of this video, "Desperation of Moscow in Winter" is evocative of the evacuation of Napoleon's starved Grand Armee from the Russian city in the winter of 1812 and the stopping of Adolph Hitler's Wehrmacht at the gates of the city in the famously cold winter of 1941. Award winning contributor Timelab.pro shot this amazing aerial tour of Moscow in the frigid winter of 2017-18. Shot with a DJI Inspire 2 carrying a Zenmuse X7 camera, it is an aerial masterpiece.
FPV Dive of Moscow State Tower
Since it was completed in 1953, the Main Building of Moscow State University has been the most visible landmark in Moscow. And yet, you've probably never seen this (rare) Stalinist architectural masterpiece from the perspective of a racing drone. That's right. Flying his racing quadcopter with first person view (FPV) goggles, Contributor Shelestpv took a dive down this massive structure, for decades the tallest building in Europe and still the world's tallest educational building.
Largest Catholic Church in Russia
Contributor Valius Video created this beautiful drone video of the largest Catholic Church in Russia. The church in this heavily Eastern Orthodox country was conceived and built during the last days of the Tsarist Empire. It was closed in 1938 during the height of Stalin's persecution of all forms of organized religion, and re-opened as a church a few years after the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991. It's one of three Roman Catholic churches in the Moscow area.
World's Tallest Educational Building
University campus buildings are often beautiful but they seldom dominate the landscape with their height. Not so the Main Building of Moscow State University, in the Russian capital. Its construction was directed by Joseph Stalin, who died the same year that the building was completed - 1953. With a rooftop height of just over 180 meters (just under 600 ft.), it's the tallest educational building in the world. Here it is via drone, compliments of contributor Teckatlipoka.
Moscow's Giant TV Tower
The Ostankino TV Tower is situated a bit to the northeast of the core of Moscow, Russia. It carries signals for virtually all of the TV and radio stations available in the Russian capital. Standing 540 meters (just under 1.8k ft.) tall when it was completed in 1967, it was the tallest structure in the world for nearly a decade before being topped by the CN Tower in Toronto. In this drone video by contributor Robert_Msk, you'll get a drone's eye view of this amazing structure.
Moscow Skyscraper District
"Moscow City" is the informal name for the Moscow International Business Center, a newer commercial district of the Russian capital city known for its towering skyscrapers. Contributor MichaelMsk77 used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create this beautiful video of the modern district. At about the :17 mark, you'll ride along for a climb up to the top of these behemoths. Here are five of Europe's seven tallest buildings as of 2018, the group's tallest being the 95 story, 374 meter (about 1.2k ft.) Federation Tower.
Moscow's Famous Monastery
Contributor Valius Video used a drone to create this bird's eye view of the New Jerusalem Monastery, which is not located anywhere near Israel. Rather, it is in metropolitan Moscow, the great Russian capital city. It was built in the 17th century on a site which was (vaguely) reminiscent of the "real" Jerusalem. The monastery was heavily damaged by invading German troops in late 1941, marking very nearly the furthest advance made by Germany during that campaign before being driven back.
Diving Moscow's Skyscrapers
Moscow International Business Center (sometimes called Moscow City) is the Russian capital's swank new business district which lies west of the core city. In recent years, it has become the skyscraper capital of Europe: as of early 2019, it is home to six of the ten tallest buildings in Europe. The allure of its gleaming towers has caught the eye of top FPV pilots like contributor Serg_Belash; in this video you will see him take on the tallest of them in an epic FPV skyscraper diving session.
Famous Church between Moscow's Ring Roads
Here is a beautiful drone video of a church in central Russia, compiments of Valius Video. The Znamenskaya Church is located in Dubrovitsy, in the Moscow Oblast (province). It's near the town of Podolsk, south of the capital city and between the two great Moscow ring roads. An Eastern Orthodox church which was constructed at the turn of the 18th century, it's located in an area which was well known for its country manors, which were summer homes for the great noble families of Moscow.
Ruined Manor Outside Moscow
Prior to the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, the city of Moscow was the home of many of Russia's greatest noble families. Three of the best known families, the Galitzine, Trubetskoy, and Bibikov clans, also had country homes in the area of Grebnovo, within the Shchyolkovsky District just to the northwest of central Moscow. In this drone video from Vizaero, you'll get a bird's eye view of one of these great manors, which was the site of several fires in recent decades and is currently in a ruined state.
Aerial Tour of Post-Communist Moscow
Over the last 25 years, no European city has changed as much as Moscow. Despite the dislocation caused by the collapse of the Soviet Union, the capital city has grown enormously and emerged as a leading international business center. While much attention has been focused on the skyscrapers of its Moscow City district, many of the city's districts have been nearly as transformed. In this drone video by MoscopterR, you'll get a bird's eye view of the "New Moscow".
Giant Moscow Residential Project
As Moscow has emerged as a leading international business center, it has struggled to provide adequate housing for its population. Perenially short of housing in the Soviet years, the problem has in many respects grown worse with the advent of capitalist Russia: it's the main reason why Moscow is now one of the world's most expensive cities. In this video by MoscopterR, you'll get a bird's eye view at a giant new housing complex called Solntsevo on the outskirts of the great city, now Europe's largest.
Moscow's Kremlin from Above
Moscow's Kremlin is actually a fortified city with a city. It was the seat of Russia's Tsars until Peter the Great moved the capital to the new city of St. Petersburg on the Baltic Sea. After the Bolshevik Revolution, the capital shifted back to Moscow, and the Kremlin reverted to its role as the home base for the country's leaders, a practice which survived the dissolution of the USSR. Here is a short but informative drone video of the great Kremlin, compliments of Eddysdrone.
Profile of Moscow's Timelab.Pro
Fresh from winning Drone Video of the Year in the first AirVuz Drone Video Awards for his epic video of his hometown Moscow, top contributor and drone pilot TimeLab.Pro chats with Tyler in this edition of the Drone Dish. With its vivid visuals, cinematic music arrangement, and breathtaking landmarks, it’s easy to see how “Moscow Aerial 5K” became an award-winner. His video of St. Petersburg, "City of White Nights", since garnered a nomination in the Cities category for the second annual DVA Awards.