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Old December 13th, 2004, 12:36 PM   #1
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Moscow :classic walks - part 1 - from Hotel Ukraina to Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The first day after my arrival to Moscow was a nice and sunny Sunday. After spending some time at the hotelīs outlook terrace (see Moscow - fantastic views from Hotel Ukraina) I decided to explore Moscow from the street level.

This is the way I walked (first part of my walk only): from Hotel Ukraina to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:



Hotel Ukraina (where I stayed)









Kutozovsky Prospekt (street) next to the hotel



The White House on the other side of Moscow river



New Arbat Bridge (Novoarbatsky most)





Looking back at Hotel Ukraina



The Moscow River. World Trade Center in the background.



New Arbat



Mayor Office and the Stalin-gothic residential at Kudrinskaya Square.





Hotel Ukraina once again



A modern residential at the river



Metro train crossing the river



Stalinistic architecture at the river



Borodinsky Bridge



Moscow University seen from Borodinsky Bridge



A trolley bus on Smolenskaya Street. Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the background.



A suicide candidate The two twin buildings in front of Ministry of Foreign Affairs are the Belgrade and Golden Ring hotels.











Golden Ring Hotel





Looking back at Smolenskaya Street. On the left side - Kiev Railway Staion and the Edelweiss residential (in the background)



Police





The Garden Ring



Ministry of Foreign Affairs. You can see that the tower on the top doesn't really fit the rest of the building. Actually, the tower wasn't planned by the architects, but when Stalin saw the plans he asked: "Where is the tower?" and they had to add it quickly









In next part I will continue my walk on Arbat...
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Old December 17th, 2004, 08:24 PM   #2
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i like the towers.

why wasn't the soviet symbol removed from the ministry of foreign affairs? i mean - it's a adminstartional building!
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It's good to see Russia moving towards the better, and leaving it's sad past behind! GOOO MOSCOW!
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why wasn't the soviet symbol removed from the ministry of foreign affairs? i mean - it's a adminstartional building!
That's a very good question... I don't think that the common argumentation "it's part of our history" cab be applied in this case. But I suppose that the answer is beyond the scope of this forum section (classic architecture) On SPP the discussion about the symbols, in the equivalent of this thread, led to the closing of it

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i agree, the "it's part of our history"-argument does not fit in this context
i mean, would it be okay to have a swastika on a german adminstartional building?
i do not think so!

however, good pics!
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^jump

My Moscow series is going to be continued tomorrow
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