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From the Metro to the observation platform

by Olga on February 13, 2013

I’ve got a question:

- Olga, can you tell me how to walk from the Metro station to the observation platform?

It’s my pleasure to answer:

1. I recommend to leave subway station “Universitet” by escalator, which is close to the last carriage if you come from the city center.
2. Outside look around. You will find at some distance a spire of the main MSU building. It will help you to orient yourself.
3. Cross the road and go to the left along Lomonosovsky prospect as if to the main building (you can see the spire).
4. Turn right at the first crossing. Very soon the main building will be on your left, go forward, pass the building and  turn left.
5. Now you are at the opposite side of the main MSU building. Turn right and keep going in this direction up to the observation platform. If you pass the fountain (does not work in winter :) ), you are on the right way.

MSU observation platform

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The Church of the Intercession of the Virgin at Fili The church of the Intercession of the Virgin at Fili, a lithograph of the early 19th century.

 

The Church of the Intercession of the Virgin at Fili is located at Novozavodskaya Street. Fili metro station is a short walk, not more than 200m. The church was built between 1689 and 1693 by a boyar Naryshkin, the uncle of Peter the Great. Actually it consists of two churches, a winter one in the basement and a summer church above it, which was never heated. The new architectural style was formed at the end of the XVII century in Moscow. It is known as the Naryshkin Baroque and is also called Moscow Baroque style.

The Church of the Intercession of the Virgin at Fili

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Tverskaya square more attentively

by Olga on March 18, 2012

If to investigate Tverskaya square more attentively, you will find there Lenin statue and the former Central Party Archives building, which changed the name to the Archive of Social and Political History.

Lenin statue, Tverskaya

Archive of Social and Political History

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Tverskaya square

by Olga on March 18, 2012

View of the Moscow governor-general house, a lithograph of L.J.Arnu

(middle of the 19th century).

View of the Moscow governor-general house, L.J.Arnu

The house was built in 1782 by the architect M.Kazakov as a 3-storey palace for the Moscow governor-general. In the 1930s, when Tverskaya was reconstructed in order to straighten the street and make it wider, the building was moved 13.5 m (42 feet) backward from the roadway. The preparation for the shifting had lasted for several months but the movement itself took just 40 minutes. Then in 1946 the building was altered significantly and an extra two upper storeys were added by the architect D.Chechykin. Nowadays the building houses the City Hall.

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Ostankino TV tower

by Olga on June 9, 2011

540 meters (1,772 feet) tall Ostankino TV tower was completed in 1967. In those days it was the tallest free-standing structure in the world. You can estimate the view and perspective from the height of 337 meters on its observation deck and get great shots from up there.
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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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Lion hunting in Moscow, Russia

by Olga on March 11, 2011

I believe it’s hard to find a big city in the world without sculptural figures of lions on its streets. Throughout history the lion, king of beasts, has been a popular symbol of royalty and stateliness, power and honor, nobility and courage. Let me show you a small part of my collection of the Moscow lion statues.

Kolomenskoe
Kolomenskoe

plenty of lions

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Around Moscow State University

by Olga on January 8, 2011

One of the first days in 2011.

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Novodevichy Convent

by Olga on January 6, 2011

I know a family of Americans who have lived in Moscow for many years. I was told their favorite place in this city was always the Novodevichy Convent, quiet, full of history and outstanding architecture.

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Exhibition at the metro station

by Olga on January 3, 2011

In my opinion, it was a great idea to organize an exhibition at the metro station Vorobyovy Gory (Sparrow Hills). Passengers received an opportunity to see in rotating showcases right on the platform the wares produced by the leading Russian factories: the Imperial Porcelain Factory from St.Petersburg, Gardner’s and Dulyovo Porcelain Factories as well as Gzhel Association from the Moscow region.

Metro station Vorobyovy Gory

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