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Old October 6th, 2005, 08:01 PM   #1
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Moscow - part I - from the air + airport-hotel route

I'm posting my old Moscow threads here in EE forum for those who haven't seen them yet elsewhere Most pictures in this thread are from September 2004, but there is also a small addition of pictures taken in September 2005.


In September 2004 I had the privilege to spend 3 days in Moscow. It was my second visit to this incredible city (the first one was in 1993)

In this thread I will present pictures taken from the airplane and from the car while going to my hotel. Some of the aerials have been presented earlier here on SCC. In this thread they have a slighty better quality.

Approaching Moscow from the air:

Close-up. You can see the University, the highrise complex Sparrow Hills, and the Edelweiss.

Same picture without descriptions (for purists )

We move the camera lens to the left. You can see the new developments in Shchukino district (Scarlet Sails etc.). Triumph Palace - the new "fake" Stalin-gothic highrise. And IBC (International Business Centre) - the area where 300-meters towers are currently built.

Same pic without descriptions

Close-up of Shchukino, Strogino and Mitino districts.

On this pic you can see many of the buildings described above.

The quiet charm of commie-blocks

Simply Moscow...

We are now leaving Moscow for a moment, to make a U-turn and approach the airport from the right direction.

I suppose that this is a place where a little bit richer people live...

And here they use to sail

Very Scandinavian landscape...

Hello, anybody home?

Commie-blocks close to the airport



First picture taken from the "cab" while going from the airport to my hotel. Moscow looks very Swedish

Leningradskoye Shosse (street). That's how the old suburbs look like.

Triumph Palace, a bit tiny from this perspective.

Leningradsky Prospekt (street). Interesting concrete architecture.

Even more interesting concrete architecture. I'm not kidding. I'm a great fan of such buildings. Unfortunately on this pic you cannot see how great this building is in reality.

Still Leningradsky Prospekt. We're approaching the downtown. Note the ads hanging over all major streets of Moscow. Sometimes you can get really mad when you try to take a picture of a nice building among this ad jungle

A typical Moscow building

Moscow downtown. Tverskaya Street, the main street of Moscow, leading to the Kreml (we are about 2,5 km from it).

Some theatre

The Garden Ring (3rd ring). At distance you can see the Stalin-gothic residential at Kudrinskaya Square.

Garden Ring was once an elegant avenue lined with trees. In the 30's it was rebuilt in the stalinistic style. Three of the seven Stalin-gothic "Stalin's Sisters" built in the 50's are situated at this street. Three others are situated close to it.

Pekin Hotel, a wanna-be "Stalin's Sister", but it's to small...

The residential at Kudrinskaya Square

Major streets in Moscow are pretty wide...

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with this stupid tower at the top. It wasn't planned by the architect, but Stalin asked: "where is the tower?", and it was quickly added

New Arbat (street). The characteristic highrises were built in the 60's.

And finally the Hotel Ukraina, where I stayed (picture taken next day). It's my favorite Stalin-gothic highrise in Moscow In part 2 I will present the fantastic views from it.

I decided to add to this thread a few pics from my way from the hotel to the airport 3 days later:

Kutuzovsky Prospekt and hotel Ukraina.

This is a very stalinistic part of the city

Triumph Arch, built to commemorate the victory over Napoleon.

A Victory Monument, I think...

Edelweiss residential

Another new building, called Redan Tower (thanx to Ulex for this information ).

A look back. You can see the Redan Tower and Edelweiss. The big complex in the middle is the Kuntsevo Residential Complex (thanx Ulex, once again )

Moscow Highway Ring:


In September 2005 I was lucky to visit Moscow once again Here comes a small addition of pictures

Moscow couldn't be seen from the airplane this time because of the clouds. But here is a sailing area just outside the city:

Some pics taken from the taxi, on the way to Hotel Ukraina. Commie-blocks, commie-blocks

I like these:

Approaching the new built Triumph Palace:

And my final destination - Hotel Ukraina:

Three days later I was on my way back to the airport. Here is Kutuzovsky Prospekt, not far from the hotel:

The Triumph Arch. Edelweiss building in the background:

Kuntsevo Residential Complex:

Commieblocks, commieblocks...

The Moscow Highway Ring:

Scarlet Sails seen from the highway:

The Ring again:

And that's all for now I hope that you enjoyed this thread


My Moscow series on EE forum:
Moscow - part I - from the air + airport-hotel route
Moscow - part II - fantastic views from Hotel Ukraina
Moscow - part III - from Hotel Ukraina to Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Moscow - part IV - Arbat and New Arbat
Moscow - part V - Between Arbat and Prechistenka
Moscow - part VI - Kitay Gorod
Moscow - part VII - Manezhnaya Square
Moscow - part VIII - Tverskaya Street
Moscow - part IX - Between Tverskaya and New Arbat
Moscow - part X - Metro + Petrovka

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Old October 6th, 2005, 08:49 PM   #2
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Great pics! There are somw weird districts like this one http://www.michau.se/pics/my_pics/mo...31_closeup.jpg

Btw this http://www.michau.se/pics/my_pics/mo...40918_9340.jpg could be a place where rich people live but it could be a poor area as well. Some of these places look magnificent from the air but are actually poor when you approach them.
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Old October 7th, 2005, 03:31 PM   #3
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Indeed, great serie, especialy this "very scandinavian, swedish" was
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Old October 7th, 2005, 10:02 PM   #4
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Thanks for the great pictures, michau! These are the picture that you rarely see, because most tourists only take pictures of the famous sights.
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Old October 17th, 2005, 05:48 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by Singidunum
Btw this http://www.michau.se/pics/my_pics/mo...40918_9340.jpg could be a place where rich people live but it could be a poor area as well. Some of these places look magnificent from the air but are actually poor when you approach them.
but believe me this are not poor areas.

this are actually expensive villas.
I don't think poor people of Moscow can afford them
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