US Independence Day in Moscow

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Last weekend was a great day for Moscow Americans who gathered in Aptekarsky Ogorod (a cosy park in Moscow) to celebrate US Independence Day. The celebration is held annually, but this time the place was changed and instead of vast Kuskovo the event took place in a more comfortable place. See our report at moscowwalks.com ---> (more...)...

Moscow Miniature Model

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1. Smolenskaya and Taras Shevchenko Embankments. Metro and Borodinsky Bridges. Moscow miniature model project started in 1968 on the personal order of Nikita Khrushchev, inspired by Budapest city model. Constructing the whole city in miniature is barely reasonable – it would be enormous. So, the plan was limited to the central part of Moscow. Designing took years; the project was complete only by 1986! Most houses are made of solid wood. The Kremlin – of cherry wood, imported from India, while the Kremlin churches cupolas are made of lemon tree and are covered with gold leaf. Managing the model is becoming a way more difficult process.  Construction firms are not eager to provide their projects, so most of the new buildings are recreated by photographs. The model is being renovated and looked after regularly. Expandable construction of the model simplifies that: it can be divided in 2x2 meters parts. Model’s area is 144 square meters (12x12 meters) in total, the scale of 1:500. Address: Moscow, 2-Brestskaya Street, 6 (Mayakovskaya or Belorusskaya metro station) Monday-Friday, from 10.00 to 17.30 (more...)...

Stalin Bunker

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Tagansky Secure Command Post, also known as Stalin Bunker , is located close to the Taganskaya metro station, Pyatyy Kotel’nichesky Pereulok, hidden at a depth of 60 meters under massive Stalinist buildings. Now developing into the Cold War Museum. (more...)...

Foreign Ministry Mansion

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Foreign Ministry mansion is situated in Spiridonovka street, 17 and is used as a reception house for bigwigs and top brass (e.g. the G8 Summit in Moscow was held there). Th mansion was built by a talented architect Fyodor Shekhtel in the 1890s and bears the traits of neogothic style. The construction was ordered and sponsored by a famous industrialist and patron of the arts Savva Morozov. The mansion was built primarily for his wife Zinaida Morozova who liked luxury and had money to burn (all the interiors were carefully designed by Shekhtel and his friend, Mikhail Vrubel, a famous painter). Later after the mysterious death of Savva (officially suicide) the mansion was sold the Ryabushinkys family. Varvara allegedly said that Savva's ghost cannot leave thу house and she was not willing to live there any longer. (more...)...

First post

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Welcome to the English version of http://moscowwalks.ru city blog.  This will not comple...