daily menu » rate the banner | guess the city | one on oneforums map | privacy policy | DMCA | news magazine | posting guidelines

Go Back   SkyscraperCity > Photo Forums > Urban Showcase

Urban Showcase Show your selfmade photos



Global Announcement

As a general reminder, please respect others and respect copyrights. Go here to familiarize yourself with our posting policy.


Reply

 
Thread Tools
Old June 1st, 2013, 05:30 PM   #1
600West218
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 2,733
Likes (Received): 1574

Moscow, Vologda, and St. Petersburg

In this thread I will, as time permits, document a 16 day trip I just took to three cities in Russia. When I travel I prefer to see the society as it is and learn about it and not just see touristic places. Hence, many of the photos in this thread will focus on those sorts of things.

Further, as my purpose is to show Russia as I saw it the quality of the photographs is not the point. Some may be good, some not so good. Some are with a regular camera, some with a cell phone (such as the ones in this post).

I will give the best explanations I can of what things are but as always reader feedback and corrections are always appreciated.

I flew into Bnukovo airport which is the smallest of the three Moscow airports and is located to the southwest of the city. As I arrived late in the day there wasn't much time for photography.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

I think that is the Moscow Ring highway.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

The first view of the famous Soviet housing blocks.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

I doubt this golf course is Soviet era :-)

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

Old unused Soviet airliners at the airport.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

These are some homes I went by while riding the train in to the city center. They looked nice and I think they are regular homes, not "dacha" country residences.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

The Kiev train station. Moscow has LOTS of train stations. The reason is that each train station basically serves one direction of travel. That is, if you want to go to destinations north of Moscow that is from one station, if you want to go north east of Moscow that will be another station. If you arrive in Moscow from the south and then need to go east you will have to get on the Metro and travel to another station. Quite a hassle actually and not such a good system in my opinion but I suppose it would be hugely expensive to change it.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

The Foreign Affairs ministry which is by Arbat street in the center of Moscow. It is one of the "Seven Sisters" which are the tall buildings constructed under Stalin.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

Although I was very tired and had a headache I did manage to walk to the Kremlin and Red Square the first night. It was very much worth the effort.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

Looking up a slight hill into Red Square. The aura from the floodlights is amazing. I live in New York City and let me tell you - Time Square has nothing on this place.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

Lenin's Tomb on the right.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

The State History Museum.

With that I walked back to Arbat Street and my hotel. I was exhausted but amazed by the view of Red Square and of being in Moscow.
600West218 no está en línea   Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links
Old June 1st, 2013, 07:42 PM   #2
600West218
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 2,733
Likes (Received): 1574

The next morning it was off to the Museum of the Great Patriotic War where I would also meet up with a friendly guide.

Hopped on the Metro at Smolensk station. I found the signage in the metro to be very poor but these little route maps with transfers indicated where helpful:

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

The Moscow Metro is far underground in most places and has amazingly long escalators

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

Not all stations in the Metro are fancy but many are. This one had nice polished marble and a mural dedicated to the Second World War:

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

Immediately outside the Victory Park metro station you are on a huge boulevard coming into Moscow that is lined by Stalin era residences.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

The Museum of the Great Patriotic War with the monument in front.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

Kids in Navy uniforms. There were lots of kids everywhere in military or paramilitary uniforms:

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

Massive Stalin era housing blocks. I found the Stalin era buildings (I think they are called Stalin Empire architecture) to actually be more attractive, at least externally, than other Soviet buildings)

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

Moscow City high rises in the background.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr
600West218 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 1st, 2013, 07:49 PM   #3
levaniX
You're not a pretty horse
 
levaniX's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Moscow
Posts: 8,507
Likes (Received): 8074

Just in case, I was the guide of the OP in Moscow. We went to the Great Patriotic War Museum, walked around Kutuzov Ave and some residential areas etc. You will see all these places in this thread as long as they are posted here.

Anyway, thanks a lot, Dan
__________________
All photo threads

Instagram

Ysh, Dwotci liked this post

Last edited by levaniX; June 1st, 2013 at 08:03 PM.
levaniX no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 2nd, 2013, 01:40 AM   #4
irmscher9
Rude Nuts Man
 
irmscher9's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Riga
Posts: 286
Likes (Received): 528

Nice once, keep doing the good job! I'll keep an eye on your thread.

By the way, I wish to visit Russia as well (I'm just nearby - Latvia) but what a pity - I'm so busy with my job..
__________________
WebSidekicks.com
irmscher9 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 2nd, 2013, 02:42 AM   #5
600West218
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 2,733
Likes (Received): 1574

Next we walked closer to the actual museum and monuments:

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

A young guard at the eternal flame:

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

Inside the museum there weren't so many artifacts. In the main it consisted of dioramas which had some artifacts in the foreground and then murals in the background:

url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/600west218/8913349830/]image hosted on flickr
[/url]
Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr
600West218 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 2nd, 2013, 02:50 AM   #6
600West218
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 2,733
Likes (Received): 1574

Continueing in the museum this was a phone used by the Soviet leadership during the war for secure communications:

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

The main hall of the museum

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

Soviet emblems are everywhere. And I mean everywhere. Many could easily be taken down but aren't. Others are new and they still put the hammer and sickle on things. Clearly there is a very ambivalent attitude towards the Soviet Union. While most people may not yearn for its return clearly neither is it despised.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

They also hard an pretty good sized art display which was military related art like this:

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr
600West218 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 2nd, 2013, 03:43 AM   #7
600West218
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 2,733
Likes (Received): 1574

There is a separate outdoor part of the museum, for which you pay a separate admission, which is where we went next. It has authentic military vehicles and planes from different eras:

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

The plane above is a American P-39 Aircobra which was made in large quantities by the United States and given to England and the Soviet Union. This would have been made about 100 kilometers from where I grew up.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

The very famous Mi-24 helicopter which was used a lot in Afgahnistan.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

Some absolutely massive railway artillery

image hosted on flickr

Massive rail artillery from WW2 by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

A monument to the Holocaust.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr
600West218 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 2nd, 2013, 05:07 AM   #8
600West218
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 2,733
Likes (Received): 1574

It was now time to start heading out from the museum and start seeing some other parts of the area.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

Looking back at the museum itself.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

This is some nearby housing which I think is the famous "Kruschev slums" housing which was built in the late 50s and early 60s.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

The local commuter rail station. Note all the freight cars in the back. Like the US and unlike Western Europe you see far more frieght trains in Russia than passenger trains.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

There are lots of cars like this that look like they are to carry bulk materials. But they don't look efficient. Why such low sides?

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

Some Stalin era housing. Everyone I spoke to considered the Stalinist housing to be much better than subsequently built housing.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

Pro-Putin political party and about the only overtly political stuff I saw in my entire trip.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

More Stalinist housing. Note what must be a very luxerious penthouse on the top.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

The Stalinist apartment buildings were massive and generally took up a full block with a large interior courtyard. They then had arched entrances like this.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

A main boulevard. Note how massive it is. It is clearly more than 10 lanes wide. Further note there are no traffic lights. Just a continuous stream of traffic. It took some doing to figure out how to cross these huge roads.

image hosted on flickr

Typical really big boulevard in Moscow with lots of traffic. There are no traffic lights so figuring out how to cross these roads took some doing. by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

More Stalinist apartments. Get used to all the cables in the pictures. Tram, trolley and other overhead cables are everywhere.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

Ok, here is the secret to crossing streets in major Russian cities. They have lots of pedestrian underpasses. Also, all Metro stations also serve as underpasses. So that is how you do it. These underpasses are also often full of small shops and serve as a market too.

image hosted on flickr

Soviet President Andrapov lived here. by 600West218, on Flickr

One of the last Soviet presidents, Yuri Andropov, lived in this building.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

An add promoting military service.

image hosted on flickr

There is a cat circus in Moscow. Didn't actually get to see it. by 600West218, on Flickr

The cat circus. Never got to attend. I seriously doubt that even Russians can get cats to do anything.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

They always had trucks driving around hosing down the streets. by 600West218, on Flickr

Now, this is something I've never seen anywhere else. In Moscow there are trucks driving around all day spraying water on the roads. I suppose it is to keep the amount of dust down but its not clear to me why Moscow needs this and other major cities like London, Paris, or New York don't.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr
600West218 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 2nd, 2013, 12:15 PM   #9
christos-greece
Moderator!
 
christos-greece's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 176,562
Likes (Received): 244377

Really very nice photos from Moscow
__________________
Urban Showcase: Athens Kalamata Trikala Thessaloniki
Cityscapes: Paris Barcelona Dubai, U.A.E. Monte Carlo, Monaco
General photography: Castles of France - Chateau de France and, since May of '08: Greece!

vinttt liked this post
christos-greece no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 2nd, 2013, 04:34 PM   #10
irmscher9
Rude Nuts Man
 
irmscher9's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Riga
Posts: 286
Likes (Received): 528

Awesome man! I'm becoming your fan. Where are you from by the way?
__________________
WebSidekicks.com
irmscher9 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 2nd, 2013, 05:41 PM   #11
levaniX
You're not a pretty horse
 
levaniX's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Moscow
Posts: 8,507
Likes (Received): 8074


This guy is from NYC.
__________________
All photo threads

Instagram

vinttt liked this post
levaniX no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 2nd, 2013, 10:42 PM   #12
600West218
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 2,733
Likes (Received): 1574

Continuing on the walk...

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

Soviet housing is big on balconies but it is interesting in this building how some have them and some don't.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

This is one of the Stalinist "Seven Sisters" which was formerly the Hotel Ukraine but is not a luxury western hotel (Ramada maybe? I can't recall).

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

It is interesting to note how Stalin, although he was in theory leading an egalitarian proletarian state, had some pretty fancy architecture. I guess some animals were more equal than others.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

The top angled windows are actually a luxury cafe/restaraunt where Levan took me.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

The number of extremely luxerious cars around Moscow was hard to believe. I don't see anything like it in New York.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

Rolls Royce Bentleys. In New York I see maybe one of these a year. In Moscow I saw several each day.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

Inside the hotel it was quite lavish. I wonder if it was like this in Stalin/Soviet times.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

Inside the hotel there was this huge diorama of Moscow as it appeared in Soviet times. It had audio presentations in all major languages and explained quite well what everything was.

Next Levan took me up to the 26th floor and talked his way past security to get us into the restaraunt which had great views.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

The Moscow river with the Russian Whitehouse on the left and the old COMECON building in the middle. The major road that bends tot he right after crossing the river is New Arbat street.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

The tall building with the point on the right is another of the Seven Sisters and is the Foreign Affairs ministry. It is right by old Arbat street.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

A nice place to sip coffee or tea and admire the views.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

The huge Stalinist lined boulevard with Moscow City on the right.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr
600West218 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 3rd, 2013, 12:24 AM   #13
openlyJane
Human Being
 
openlyJane's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Liverpool
Posts: 31,651
Likes (Received): 43399

A great tour, so far!

What really strikes me about Moscow is the vastness of scale -of the boulevards, the public squares - very imperialistic in feeling.
openlyJane no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 3rd, 2013, 02:37 AM   #14
600West218
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 2,733
Likes (Received): 1574

Quote:
Originally Posted by openlyJane View Post
A great tour, so far!

What really strikes me about Moscow is the vastness of scale -of the boulevards, the public squares - very imperialistic in feeling.
Indeed it does. Red Square at night is stunning. It exudes power.

And the boulevards with ever flowing traffic do as well.
600West218 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 3rd, 2013, 03:57 AM   #15
600West218
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 2,733
Likes (Received): 1574

Continueing on there are some Soviet era cars:

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

Actually, I really like Soviet era cars and as this thread progresses you'll see lots of them. Many are quite nice and they are something we never get to see in the United States.

This is a Lada which is the most common Soviet era car, though probably not the nicest.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

The Ukraine Hotel, one of the huge Stalinist Seven Sisters. by 600West218, on Flickr

The hotel again. A rather massive building, although some of the other Seven Sisters are much larger.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

If you actually tried to walk across this road I think there is a 50% chance the car that killed you would be a Mercedes or BMW.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

A nice little part surrounded by Brheznev era housing which is easy to recognize because it is taller and boxier than other housing and also generally has very obvious panels that are what it is assembled from. You don't see that so much in this case but in other housing it will be more obvious.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

I had to buy a train ticket for when I was to go to Vologda so we went to the Kiev train station to do that.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

I found train stations in Russia to be like New York's Grand Central in the 1970s. It still had its underlying granduer but it was ruined by decay and crass commercialism (ie, too many stores and advertising signs). Hopefully one day some of these Russian stations will be fully restored in which case they will be quite nice.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

As you can see the above hall is quite nice. But the lockers on the right and the cheap colored seating ruin it.
600West218 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 3rd, 2013, 04:39 AM   #16
600West218
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 2,733
Likes (Received): 1574

Next it was time to take the Metro back to Arbat street.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

Another longggggg escalator trip

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

On the newer metro trains they have this sign where the reds lights flash under the next station. This is extremely helpful as the stations themselves are extremely poorly signed and as the train pulls into the station you can't see any signs. Although they announce the stations if your Russian is not up to par it can be a problem. Hence these electronic signs are helpful.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

Soviet symbols abound.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

Back on Arbat street some dogs being put to good use.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

Yet another Bentley.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

In Arbat you can buy lots of things... including rabbits.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Fancy bikes on Arbart street. There were lots of bikers in Russia by 600West218, on Flickr

Arbat has a big biker hang out section.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

Can't read this sign but these placards were generally about who lived in which building. I'm guessing some airplane designer was here.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

Once you walk far enough along Arbat Street it meets the New Arbat Avenue.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

The New Arbat street is large with big Soviet era office buildings on both sides of it.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

Interestingly they had newspapers posted for public reading.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

New Arbat street. Note the expensive cars. by 600West218, on Flickr

Range Rovers...

image hosted on flickr

A Rolls Royce Bentley. I saw several of these each day in Moscow. I have never seen so many expensive cars as I saw in Moscow. by 600West218, on Flickr

Yet another Bentley....

image hosted on flickr

Mercedes, BMW, and Audi. That is pretty much what you see there. by 600West218, on Flickr

Every car in sight is a German luxury car. Simply unbelievable.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

The foreign ministry building at dusk.

Last edited by 600West218; June 3rd, 2013 at 05:21 AM.
600West218 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 3rd, 2013, 07:19 AM   #17
Raphael_SBBR
BANNED
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 392
Likes (Received): 783

Loved the thread, but:

Quote:
Originally Posted by 600West218 View Post

image hosted on flickr

Soviet President Andrapov lived here. by 600West218, on Flickr

One of the last Soviet presidents, Yuri Andropov, lived in this building.
Do you have a picture of the actual building?
Raphael_SBBR no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 3rd, 2013, 10:44 AM   #18
human187
человек187
 
human187's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Kramatorsk, Moscow
Posts: 1,552
Likes (Received): 7408

Good job!
Quote:
Originally Posted by 600West218 View Post

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

Can't read this sign but these placards were generally about who lived in which building. I'm guessing some airplane designer was here.
This says something like this:
"Fighter-pilot
who accomplished deeds in
Great Patriotic war
Hero of Russia, guards colonel
Alexander Ivanovich Zienin
lived in this house
from 1921 till 1956"
".


Quote:
Originally Posted by 600West218 View Post
The New Arbat street is large with big Soviet era office buildings on both sides of it.

image hosted on flickr
Actually, this side towers were built like residential. Don't know if they are still used for the purpose.

But these were built as office buildings, and they still are:
Quote:
Originally Posted by 600West218 View Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by 600West218 View Post
image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

The foreign ministry building at dusk.
The small building in the front was rented by the great russian poet and writer, Alexander Pushkin (considered by many as a first one of the golden age). It is a museum currently.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Raphael_SBBR View Post
Loved the thread, but:

Do you have a picture of the actual building?

Here it is:

(source - Yandex maps)

Google maps with more photos.
__________________

vinttt, Ysh, I-V-Stalin liked this post
human187 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 3rd, 2013, 02:59 PM   #19
600West218
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 2,733
Likes (Received): 1574

Thanks for the information and feedback. I never had any idea those were residential towers but I should have guessed given the balconies.
600West218 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 3rd, 2013, 03:14 PM   #20
600West218
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 2,733
Likes (Received): 1574

As many museums in Moscow are closed on Monday's I decided to head to the Kremlin which was open.

I walked down Arbat which pretty much takes you straight there. On the way was the State Library (formerly the Lenin Library).

image hosted on flickr

Lenin Library by 600West218, on Flickr

An older building across the street from the library

image hosted on flickr

Typical older building in Moscow that probably dates back to before the 1917 revolution. by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Old Soviet symbols are everywhere. by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

I wanted to go inside but you have to have a library card to enter. As it turns out, you can apply for one on the spot (make sure you have your passport) and I did. So I was able to go inside.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

In the west if you are of a certain age you remember these. This library still used them.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

I think I only saw a small part of the library, and I definitely didn't see their reading room. There were a lot of closed doors that as a tourist I didn't think I should try to enter.

I next headed back out and towards the Kremlin.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Tourist entrance to Kremlin by 600West218, on Flickr

This is the main entry gate for tourists.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

It looked like a nice chaining of the guard ceremony but they were mobbed by Chinese tourists who just didn't give them space.

Inside the Kremlin I didn't go to any of the museums but instead just wandered the grounds which were pretty nice by themselves.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

Lots of cannons on display everywhere. Historically this was a fortress.

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

Untitled by 600West218, on Flickr

There are also three or four major cathederals inside.
600West218 no está en línea   Reply With Quote


Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Related topics on SkyscraperCity


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 04:24 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Feedback Buttons provided by Advanced Post Thanks / Like (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

SkyscraperCity ☆ In Urbanity We trust ☆ about us | privacy policy | DMCA policy

tech management by Sysprosium