Moscow Revealed by John Freeman

By John Freeman

Moscow, capital of the most important state on this planet, continues to be a urban of puzzle. A handful of its landmarks, reminiscent of the Kremlin and St Basil's Cathedral, are immediately recognizable internationally, yet fairly few humans have visible the interiors of those celebrated constructions or have an inkling of the multitude of alternative architectural jewels hiding at the back of Moscow's public facade. certainly, till the emergence of glasnost this richness and variety remained principally unknown even to Muscovites. this is often an illustrated advisor to the tremendous number of constructions unfold around the urban. Opulent former palaces of the Tsars stand subsequent to boring house blocks; richly appointed Orthodox church buildings are set along sleek constructivist constructions or the chilly grandeur of the Metro; wonderfully redecorated lodges co-exist with retailers as ornate as Harrods' nutrients corridor - even if unfortunately missing an analogous variety of products. John Freeman's earlier books comprise "London Revealed", and he used to be commissioned by means of The Royal assortment to photo the interiors of Windsor citadel for his or her professional consultant. Kathleen Berton is the writer of "Moscow: An Architectural History".

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The restaurant among popular Moscow in notable guests and hotel were very the intelligentsia Among of more were Tchaikovsky and those days. the Chekhov. But the restaurant is best known for the famous meeting there on 21-22 June 1897 of Konstantin Stanislavsky and Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko, when the concept of the Moscow was born. m. m. the next morning, endlessly discussing the project. What is even more remarkable is that the restaurant tolerated their lengthy stay and did not throw them out.

Sculptor period in when being erected the can be He was Stalin fairly a popular and post-Stalin a great deal of statuary all teresting that of over all Moscow. It was is in- the busts created in 1918 for Lenin's Plan of Monumental Propaganda only Manizer's relief 'The Worker' at the Petrovsky Arcade survives. 12. Metro Ploshchad Revolyutsy: Manizer's bronze figures guard the entrance to the platform. 44 13 A. Chertkov Mansion: the wes '-wing staircase leading to the library. EAST Moscow, between East offices of the MOSCOW the busy shops and Myasnitskaya (Kirov) Street and Moskva River, was shorn its trees in 1 9 57 and is the- misnamed Garden grotesquely now Ring, is another quiet maze of narrow streets of old a quiet, residential is of area dotted with old disused churches, a yellowing houses, apartment blocks of the few squat medieval houses, and last decaying ochre-coloured street of quietly houses of the past two centuries.

THE HOUSE OF THE ROMANOV BOYARS the Street the House of Romanov Boyars with its steeply pitch- ed roofs, tower and wooden upper floor looks shabby, the dirt left by the winter permanently clinging to both one of the oldest houses it. in the two-storey central sec- Romanov clan. With her sudden death, possibly by poisoning, These royal connections helped when it came to the election of a new Tsar unusual wooden upper floor, was added in the mid-nineteenth century dur- ing fanciful 'restoration'.

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