When a building is under renovation it’s quite easy to enter it. So the author of the photos got onto the roof of “Moskva” hotel to take these pictures.
Today not so many people wish to see the mummy…
It used to be different in the 1930s
Pokrov Cathedral built in the times of Ivan the Terrible
Voskresensk gates with Chapel and Vestry of Iberian Icon of Mother of God. The gates were removed in 1931 because they prevented tanks from entering for parades. In 1994-96 they reappeared here.
Here is how they used to look
Spire of the Voskresensk gates
Roofs of the upper trading houses built in the pseudo-Russian style in 1889-93. In 1953 it was turned into GUM.
Fragment of the Moscow municipal duma building decor. In Soviet time it was a museum of Lenin.
Here it is on the old photo
Christ the Saviour Cathedral was demolished in the 1930s like many other constructions connected with religion. It was replaced by the largest in Europe swimming pool.
4 out of 7 high-rise buildings of Stalin are seen from the roof.
Foreign office, the only high-rise building without a star on top.
Hotel “Ukraine” in the middle
State historical museum
The museum in the period 1900-1914. The attic windows have disappeared.
Before its reconstruction of the 1960s
Some night Kremlin views
Flag on the Senate roof, it’s where the working place of the Russian president is situated.
Hotel “Ritz Carlton Moscow” roof. The hotel was built on the place of 22-storey “Intourist” that was taken down in 2002.
The way “Intourist” looked like.
Ads making the facades look ugly…
Fountain “Clock of the World”, it turns a full circle for 24 hours. It may tell time of the largest cities of the world with accuracy of 5 minutes.
Hotel “Nazionale” mosaic