View of the Moscow River from a bridge on the edge of the Kremlin. In the center of the photo in the far distance is the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.
As always, I took a LOT of photos. Here are some random ones, mostly of buildings.
Former KGB office. Many political prisoners were held here in the Lubyanka Building. Although the Soviet secret police changed its name many times, its headquarters remained in this building.
This is one of the “ seven sisters,” skyscrapers built across the city. There were supposed to be 8 of them, but the last was never built. This one can be seen from a bridge across the Moscow River, near the Kremlin.
There are little chapels and full churches everywhere. I assume most are Russian or Eastern Orthodox. This one is near the Polytechnic Museum (closed for renovations) and is fondly referred to as “the bell” since it’s made of cast iron. It’s to commemorate the war with Turkey in the late 19th Century.
One of the Seven Sisters. Each of the skyscrapers has a counterpart in NYC since the architects went there to study the structures. Stalin also insisted that all of the Seven Sisters be given a spire, in order to distinguish them from their American counterpart.
This is a canal, built to save the city center from spring floods. You can see the statue of Peter the Great in the background.
Unusual statue in a park near the canal. It’s called Children Are the Victims of Adult Vices.
A wedding party.
Did I mention construction was everywhere? It was difficult to walk in some areas and impossible to take photos in others.
This is the statue of Peter the Great. It’s huge, 98 meters tall and the 8th largest in the world. It’s a fairly recent addition to the city and not terribly popular. According to the Audio guide, it was built originally to commemorate Christopher Columbus, but no one in the US or Italy was interested in purchasing it. The artist finally changed the head and gave the massive sculpture to Moscow.
I don’t know anything about this building, just thought it was lovely. It’s on a pedestrian street near the financial district.
Churches and chapels are everywhere. I’ve not seen a synagogue or mosque at all.
Russian Olympic Committee Headquarters
The former Olympic weightlifting arena used in 1980. It looked in disrepair.
Another 1980 Olympic venue. That was the one we boycotted, right?
Cathedral of Christ the Savior, located on the Moscow River. It is the tallest Orthodox Christian church in the world at 103 meters. This is actually a new construction the replicates an older one that was torn down. The original church, built during the 19th century, took more than 40 years to build. The original church was the scene of the 1882 world premiere of the 1812 Overture composed by Tchaikovsky, which became internationally famous. This first church was destroyed in 1931 on Stalin’s orders. In it’s place was supposed to be a colossal Palace of the Soviets. Construction started in 1937, but was never built completed. It was even the site of a swimming pool for awhile! This church was completed in 2000. It was a very long walk here just to find that you can’t go inside.