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Old June 21st, 2019, 02:46 PM   #321
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Unfortunately, these sophisticated stoneworks and mosaics weren't preserved
If the Imperial Hotel had been destroyed due to those "progressive improvements", which were characteristic of the postwar era, then the building of the Baltic Exchange had been destroyed as
a result of the terrorist attack in the 90-s. Most of the pictures have been downloaded from Getty Images service.






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Trading hall










Initially, the apse looked a bit different


The upper part of the stained glass windows, which was added to the construction in the 20-s (it was dedicated to the employees of the Exchange who were the victims of the World War I),
had been preserved and nowadays it is being exhibited in the National Maritime Museum.


After the attack


Today its place is occupied by the iconic Cucumber. Obviously, it is distinguishing feature of the central part of London - many priceless things have been lost, but they are still being replaced by
the pieces of contemporary architecture which are equally gorgeous.

Not only the stained glass windows have been preserved. Since the carcass of the building remained still, many pieces had been removed and sent to the warehouse before the demolition






Pediment remains




Sometimes its fragments are exhibited in museums. This picture shows the exhibition which took place in Estonia


The visitors could change the location of the central fragment by moving it along the rails with a remote control button
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