Moskvoretsky bridge

by Olga on December 28, 2011

Moskvoretsky bridge by Konstantin Yuon, 1911.
K.Yuon Moskvoretsky bridge 1911

Moskvoretsky bridge by Konstantin Korovin, 1914.
K.Korovin Moskvoretsky bridge 1914

Boris Yakovlev “The view on the Kremlin from the side of an old Moskvoretsky bridge”, 1936.
B.Yakovlev View on the Kremlin

Konstantin Yuon “Utro Moskvy. 1942.”
K.Yuon Utro Moskvy 1942

The view from Bolshoi Moskvoretsky bridge today.
view from Moskvoretsky bridge


Aleksey Bogolyubov “View of Christ the Savior cathedral from Prechistenka street in Moscow”, 1880.
A. Bogolyubov

Christ the Savior cathedral is shown almost completed.
Behind the cathedral is the church of the Praise of the Mother of God and All the Saints (1694).
The cathedral was blown up in December of 1931.
The church was demolished in 1932.


Tours in Russian

by Olga on October 21, 2011

Starting Tuesday, October 25, Moscow Department of Cultural Heritage organizes 25 free of charge excursions, dedicated to historical and cultural monuments of the capital.

List of excursions

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by Olga on July 14, 2011

I invite you to visit an estate and house, designed by the famous Russian painter Vasily Polenov for himself and his family and built on the bank of the Oka river 130 km south of Moscow in 1892. You will love well preserved artist’s collections, the views from the house windows and from surrounding hills.

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Morosov’s mansion at Podsosensky Lane

by Olga on May 15, 2011

On the 18th of May Moscow will celebrate the Day of historical and cultural heritage. A lot of museums will be open for free and many historical buildings and architectural monuments that are usually inaccessible will open their doors to the public.
Once on the 18th of May I had the pleasure to visit the Morosov’s mansion at 21 Podsosensky Lane. It was built by M.N.Chichagov and the interiors were remodelled by an outstanding Moscow architect F.Shekhtel in 1895-1900. Five panels on the subject of Goethe’s “Faust” were painted by M.A.Vrubel for its Gothic study. They included “Mephisto and the student”, “Margaret”, “Faust”, “The Flight of Faust and Mephisto”, and a lost fifth panel “Faust and Margaret in the Garden”. Currently the four panels from the study are shown at the State Tretyakov Gallery. For A.V.Morozov Vrubel also painted the panel “Philosophy”.

Morosov’s mansion at 21 Podsosensky Lane

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Actually, originally Moscow metro was named after Lazar Kaganovich. They renamed the metro for Lenin in 1955 and it still bears his name.

Forgotten things (Komsomolskaya Metro Station).

Metro Komsomolskaya, Lenin

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Gagarin’s oak in the Kremlin

by Olga on April 11, 2011

Two days after returning from space – on April 14, 1961 – Yury Gagarin planted an oak in the Kremlin. They say when Gagarin died 7 years later and was buried on Red square, the oak became ill, and for some time gardeners didn’t even believe in its recovery. However, we are lucky to see Gagarin’s oak alive in Tainizkiy garden of the Kremlin. I would like you to show this 50 years old tree, which commemorates the first ever space flight.

Gagarin's oak

Gagarin's oak

BTW, Gagarin’s eldest daughter, Elena Gagarina, is director of the Kremlin Museums starting from April 12, 2001.


Decode at Garage

by Olga on April 5, 2011

This is the last week to view the exhibition “Decode: Digital Design Sensations”  at Garage Center for Contemporary Culture.

The former Bakhmetevsky Bus Garage, designed by a famous architect Konstantin Melnikov in 1926.

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House-museum of V.Vasnetsov

by Olga on March 19, 2011

If you’d like to see an example of a wooden house in Moscow built by an artist for himself and his family at the end of the XIX century I would highly recommend a visit to Victor Vasnetsov house-museum. The house with an art studio was built according to Vasnetsov’s drawing in 1894.

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Unique newsreel “Moscow in 1908”

by Olga on March 12, 2011

Moscow Under Snow 1908 / metkere.com metkere