architecture

Bolshoi Theatre

by Olga on March 10, 2012

View of the Bolshoi Theatre before the fire of 1853, a lithograph of L.J.Arnu.
Bolshoi Theatre L.J.ArnuThe original building designed by Joseph Bové was opened in 1825.
After the fire the new building of the Bolshoi was constructed by Alberto Cavos in 1856.

The Bolshoi Theatre in 2012:
The Bolshoi Theatre in 2012

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Old Moscow university

by Olga on February 19, 2012

Konstantin Yuon “Moscow university” (1911).
K.Yuon Moscow university 1911

The old building of Moscow university on Mokhovaya street in 2012.
Moscow university  2012

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Architect of Power

by Olga on January 18, 2012

An exhibition dedicated to the 120th anniversary of one of the most famous Soviet architects Boris Iofan at the Schusev State Museum of Architecture, Vozdvizhenka St., 5 (M. Biblioteka imeni Lenina, Alexandrovsky sad, Arbatskaya) will be opened until February 26, 2012.
Boris Iofan is mainly known as an author of the “House on the Embankment” and the Soviet Pavilion with a sculpture of the “Worker and Collective Farm Girl” by V. Mukhina created for the World’s Fair of 1937.  Although never realized, the ambitious Palace of Soviets,  became the project of his life.  For me, the initial project of Moscow State University and those interior designs for the Palace of Soviets halls looking like Pantheon or a Christian church proved to be particularly interesting.

the Schusev State Museum of Architecture,, Read more

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Red square

by Olga on January 17, 2012

“Feeding pigeons in Red Square in 1890-1900” by Konstantin Yuon (1946).
K.Yuon Feeding pigeons in Red square

Red square in 2012.
Red square, 2012

What are the differences?

1. Two towers which are to the right from the Historical museum (on the opposite side of the square from us) were demolished in 1931. The Resurrection Gate with two chapels was considered to be an obstacle for military parades and demonstrations on the way to Red Square. The gate was reconstructed in the 90s.

2. St. Nicholas tower looks to be white-washed.

3. Lenin’s Mausoleum was built in 1930.

4. There are no chapels next to the Spasskaya Tower. They were destroyed in 1925 and therefore did not exist in 1946 like the Resurrection Gate when Yuon painted them.

5. We can not see in the picture by Yuon such details as any of the double headed eagles on the Kremlin towers. They were replaced by the stars in 1935. The stars are clearly visible in my photo.

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Lubyanka square

by Olga on January 5, 2012

Konstantin Yuon “Lubyanskaya square in winter”, 1905
K.Yuon "Lubyanskaya square in winter", 1905

Lubyanka in 2012.
The walls of Kitay-gorod, the Vladimir tower, St. Panteleimon chapel, and an old fountain with drinking water no longer exist.
The Iron Felix (statue of KGB founder F.Dzherzhinsky erected on the square in 1958) was pulled down in 1991.
Lubyanskaya square, 2012

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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

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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.

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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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Urban heritage

by Olga on September 23, 2011

Interesting tour (in Russian)

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I was asked how to get to the catholic church of the Immaculate Conception in Moscow.

It is located on Malaya Gruzinskaya, 27.

Catholic church of the Immaculate Conception in Moscow, map Read more

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