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Old October 9th, 2005, 08:58 PM   #1
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Moscow - part VII - Manezhnaya Square

In this walk, we will mainly concentrate on the Manezhnaya Square, located at the heart of Moscow, just outside the Kremlin. The pictures were taken in September 2005.



We start our walk at the Lenin State Library. The famous writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky is sitting in front of it:



On the opposite side of the street we see the Mančze Exhibition Hall. It was destroyed by a fire 2 years ago, but is now rebuilt:



We are approaching the walls of Kremlin:



The green area along the walls is called Alexander Gardens. It is a very popular strolling place among Muscovites:











A circle-shaped square in the gardens where you can sit and enjoy life :











Middle Arsenal Tower and the Arsenal building beyond the wall:



We are approaching the Manezhnaya Square. This fountain is part of the new small architecture of the square, that was reconstructed some years ago, when a big underground Shopping Mall - Okhotniy Ryad - was built under it:



Tourists at the fountain



Other sights







We are now leaving the Alexander Gardens and going up to the Manezhnaya Square. The fountain seen from above:



The Russian Parliament (Duma). This building was erected for Gosplan, the agency that produced the Five Year Plans and oversaw the Soviet economy:



But look here!!! There is a big party going on in front of the Mančze Exhibition Hall













In the background you can see the old buildings of Moscow University (partly covered by a cute dog ). The rotunda on the left side is a chapel dedicated to St Tatyana, the patron saint of students:



A closer look at the Bolshaya Nikitskaya Street, where the old university buildings stand:





People at the square:





Better not disturb





Let's party



Young and pink



Manezhnaya Square takes its name from the Mančge building. Here is a view of the Mančze building and the part of the Manezhnaya Square that is located above the underground shopping mall Okhotniy Ryad:



The Okhotniy Ryad area is quite kitschy but serves well as a meeting place for people:



Cheers!









In the background you can see the building of the Historical Museum:



We love you too



Moscow Cow Parade



Tverskaya Street, the main street of Moscow begins here at Manezhnaya Square:



The National Hotel in the background:



Marshal Zhukov, a World War II hero, overlooks the square:



Let us now jump back in time for a while to September 2004 and look at some pix I took then Marshal Zhukov stood at the same place back then too



If we move our head slightly to the right, we can see the site where Hotel Moskva once stood. It was demolished about 2 years ago and the building is now being reconstructed as a shopping mall, I think.



The cupolas of Okhotniy Ryad shopping mall:



In the background you can see that the Mančge wasn't yet rebuilt after the fire:



Manezhnaya Square is a popular meeting place:





Monday, 1.30 AM, perfect time for a beer



I'm continuing my studies of toy-toy babushkas







Entrance to the metro station:



Police control. It was just 2 weeks after Beslan and a terrorist attack in the metro...



The man in blue didn't like me He asked me if I was taking photos of him. I said yes. He asked me to show the photo. I showed him the photo. He asked me to remove it. I said that I don't understand Russian... and made a suggestion to continue our conversation in English... he didn't want to... and our conversation ended there

The thing in his hand is a metal detector:



OK, that was it from 2004. Let's jump back to September 2005

Building of the former Central Lenin Museum:



Iberian Gate (or Resurrection Gate) leading to the Red Square. Demolished in the mid-1930s by Stalin to make Red Square more accessible for tanks and marches. Rebuilt in the 1990s:



In front of the gate people were making a cross-sign and throwing a penny over their shoulders. Probably that brings you luck or fulfills your wishes:



You can see a row of elderly women collecting the thrown pennies:





We are now leaving the Manezhnaya Square and entering the Red Square:





"Greetings from Russia" photo



Iberian Gate seen from the Red Square:



Kazan Cathedral. It was built to commemorate the end of the occupation of Moscow by a very big and powerful neighbour of Russia Like the Iberian gate it was demolished in the 30s and rebuilt in the 90s:



The famous St Basil's Cathedral. On the right side, the new-built Swissotel. I wonder what heritage protectors think of it...



Kremlin walls at Red Square. Between the two towers you can see Comrade Lenin's place of rest:



We now take a quick walk through Kitay Gorod (the old part of Moscow next to Kremlin)...



...and leave it through an ornamental gateway at Tretyakov's passage, which was knocked through the wall of Kitay Gorod in 1871:



I think this place is popular among somewhat richer people than me



We are now on the first road ring, between Teatralnaya Square and Lubyanskaya Square:



One of Moscow's more characteristic buildings - Metropol Hotel:



A famous department store - TsUM (CUM):



And finally we've reached the Teatralnaya Square. We can end this walk by saying "hello" to uncle Marx



I hope you enjoyed this thread

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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 9th, 2005, 09:22 PM   #2
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Great thread once again! You managed to make so many great photos in such a short time! Btw I would call it Manezh Square in English. I think only Russians can come up with such semi translations such as Krasnaya Square

Heh this time you didn`t take photos of beautiful Russian girls but of weird situations? My favs:

Welcome to Serbia, 1994
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his look is the best
http://www.michau.se/pics/my_pics/mo...oskwa_4974.jpg

I am telling you - noone ever listens to me!
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Oh and gotta love this UFO hats. At the airport they wear even bigger ones
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And the photo of the year
http://www.michau.se/pics/my_pics/mo...oskwa_5011.jpg

Did you take this photo on Sunday? They have those military bands playing around the city. I saw them on Victory Square
http://www.michau.se/pics/my_pics/mo...oskwa_5008.jpg
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Old October 9th, 2005, 09:24 PM   #3
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Interesting comments and city

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The man in blue didn't like me He asked me if I was taking photos of him. I said yes. He asked me to show the photo. I showed him the photo. He asked me to remove it. I said that I don't understand Russian... and made a suggestion to continue our conversation in English... he didn't want to... and our conversation ended there
Lucky you! Policeman forced us to show him ALL of the photos in the camera several times in row to make sure there is no photo of him. He would stop at every interesting photo even though it was taken at different place and different time
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Old October 9th, 2005, 09:47 PM   #5
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Amazing photos, and I've never imagined Moscow to be this beautiful!
I love the more humanistic photos of all the people. Most people are beautiful, and they seem to dress very nicely too. Better than in Canada, even. But that's always the case in Europe.
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Better than in Canada, even?
What Italians wore in 1970's, Canadians wear today
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Better than in Canada, even?
What Italians wore in 1970's, Canadians wear today
Considering Canada is in a better economic situation is what I meant. Europeans are just generally very stylish. Nobody would even consider going outside in Europe in what most Canadians wear.
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Thanks to Michau I realized that Moscow looks better than I expected mostly thanks to hot girls
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On the other side of this you have Ferrari, Bentley, Maserati, Bvlgari, Armani & Mercury stores on the other side of this building. The Ferraris cost around 300.000 euros and Bentley Continental GT seemed to be selling on daily basis (different cars in the shop in a time span of just a week and bunch of them in the street).
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I just love these series! Kick ass!
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Thank you all for your comments

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Btw I would call it Manezh Square in English. I think only Russians can come up with such semi translations such as Krasnaya Square
I was thinking of calling it Mančge Square, but decided not to do so. I think, that if you translate the names it can be hard to identify them on the map and lead to misunderstandings. For example Tverskaya Street should then be Tver Street and people can be thinking that you are talking about the city (Tver) and not the street... Krasnaya Square is a special case, cause everyone knows it as Red Square

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Heh this time you didn`t take photos of beautiful Russian girls but of weird situations?
Everyone needs some variation But you can still find nice girls in this thread I think

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Did you take this photo on Sunday? They have those military bands playing around the city. I saw them on Victory Square
http://www.michau.se/pics/my_pics/mo...oskwa_5008.jpg
Yes, on Sunday late evening.

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And the photo of the year
I've got a short film of her (and some others) that you can download if you have a fast connection (it's about 11 MB). It is really funny I think

Here (right click and choose "Save Target As..."): http://www.michau.se/pics/my_pics/te...t_manege_2.avi
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Michau- you are the best out of everybody who presented Moscow photos on this forum. Moscow looks very REAL and humane in your pics. And most people look quite fruity . I like that. You have quite an eye for taking pictures. Congradulations.
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Michau, you are the best
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