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Two days in Moscow is too short by any means, but it is what I had to work with. Images differ in size as the battery of my main camera went dead and I moved on with the snapshot camera. Anyway, here we go.

01. Especially when growing up in the 80's, the Red Square is the backdrop of the military parades and the journalists reporting on bilateral negotiations and the likes we saw on TV. Now it's what is should be: a tourist magnet. Here's a detail of the St. Basil's Cathedral.

02. State Historical Museum on the other side of the square.

03. I guess they still have this changing of the guards, or something like that.

04. East meets west seen from the Kremlin.

05. Sidewalk spam at the entrance of a metro station. Judging by the dates this seems to be a new phenomena. As much as I think this is kinda cool in an urban way, it's also a bit of a shame as the streets in Moscow are generally quite clean. Hopefully the paint wears off quickly.

06. Moscow State University is one of what they call Seven Sisters towers, being seven towers built in the 1950's in a style which has elements of Art Deco and Gothic in them, but above all with the sole purpose to impress. The Seven Sisters were high on the must see list, with the Moscow State University being the prime building. I got off at the Leninsky Gori station with the intention to walk a bit towards the building. That station is actually integrated into a bridge structure spanning the Moskva River.

07. It actually takes a bit of climbing to walk up the elevation on which the University stands, but it does give you a nice Autumn-in-the-woods feel.

08. In the early days of communism, public features, such as this university building, but also the metro stations were shaped like public palaces so 'the people' can all enjoy the kind of wealth which up until the mid 20th century was only reserved for royalty. This building is a good example of that as everything about this complex is monumental. When standing in front of it, looking out towards the city, it resembles Versailles, and I'm sure that is exactly the whole gist of it. This is truly grand architecture.

09. I must have looked at this building for at least an hour as there is so much to see. Every detail has a message, most of them just as political as medieval cathedrals have numerous religious references. Here is the entrance.

10. Here's the Hotel Ukraina, currently the Radisson Royal Moscow.

11. Sister 3: the apartment building on Kotyelnicheskaya embankment in Moscow.

12. Sister 4: Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

13. Door details of that one.

14. The building is flanked by two Modern styled hotel blocks which are quite enthusiastically illuminated during the dark hours. Like some other things that were not possible or not done during the Soviet years, they tend to overdo these a bit now that they can. Public advertisement is another example of that. Anyway, here's a video. Those sensitive to epileptic seizures might want to skip.

15. I remember when I was quite young I saw an image of the Lenin Library in some Encyclopedia for Kids and even at that age I thought it was the coolest building. As the image had stuck ever since, I felt like a Muslim entering Mecca's Grand Mosque for the first time when I set foot in the building. This is another example of the great splendor which with public functions were designed in that age, a sort of public wealth that sometimes is painfully missed these days. Here is the study room (also featured in this Eurodance video clip).

16. Lenin still reading in the back of the hall.

17. Luckily these buildings have never been subject to renovation projects which sometimes can be a grand way to properly **** up the intrinsic qualities of these buildings. I'm not sure about the modern usability of search systems like these but they sure look rather splendid to me.

18. Entrance area of the Lenin Library.

19. My impression of Moscow was that the city was generally one big gathering of commieblocks so I was pleasantly surprised that most of the city center has a empire city feel to it, similar to the many monumentally designed buildings you see in Paris and London. A fine example of communistic urban glory is New Arbat road, which has a Brutal urban scheme of huge flats, which is both impressive as intimidating at the same time.

20. Near the Western end of the New Arbat road is the former Comecon headquarters, currently the office of the Mayor of Moscow.

21. A trip to the Moscow City area was already part of the plan, and luckily some of our Moscow forum members had set me up with a tour of the Federation Towers project. They must have really made an effort to introduce me as we were followed around by a professional photographer while doing the tour. Here is Moscow City during the day.

22. Moscow city is impressive and seems to be planned pretty decently. I'm just wondering how a collection of glass towers will be judged upon in some 25 years from now, but that's not something to worry about now I guess. Here it is during the evening.

23. The tour of the Federation Tower was very thorough and interesting, and of course introduced great views from the top. Here is another look at the Hotel Ukraina.

24. Using the widest zoom possible, and thanks to the construction of the other tower halting at a good moment for this, the Ostankino TV Tower is still visible from the top.

25. Sister 5: Kudrinskaya Square Building, built to house apartments for the Soviet elite.

26. Regrettably I didn't have too much time to inspect the wonderful train station of the Moscow Metro System, but just by using it to get around, one can see it sure is splendid. There really is value in investing in public amenities even if it does mean paying higher taxes. Here is just one example, the Paveletskaya station which also caters the train station above.

27. Just an image to show how well maintained these stations are, as I have never seen a system which is so heavily used while being crispy clean at the same time. Indeed something to be proud of.

28. As the names on my Metro Map were in the Latin alphabet but everything in the metro itself is written in Cyrillic, I sometimes had to guess my way around, but all it sure looks cool for some reason. I want that line on the door on a t-shirt.

That's pretty much it. All I can say is: I'll be back. Cheers guys. :cool:

The Schrödinger's cat
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You managed to look at sleeping grandfather Lenin?))

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that line on the subway train door means "Do not lean against doors"
it says "do not lean against", so in a different context it can mean different things... for instance on T-shirt :)

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I got off at the Leninsky Gori station with the intention to walk a bit towards the building. That station is actually integrated into a bridge structure spanning the Moskva River.
10. Here's the Hotel Ukraina, currently the Radisson Royal Moscow.
Strange you know Hotel Ukraina has been renamed this year and you don't know Leninskky Gori were renamed for Sparrow hills in early 90ties.
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