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|Gorky Park, nearly seven kilometers of open space in the heart of the city, is on the banks of the Moskva River.|
Left to right in the picture are: the Cathedrals of the Annunciation, Archangel, Assumption and the Bell Tower of Ivan the Great, standing 320 feet high. It is filled with storey upon storey of bells. The largest is 64 tons and the smallest crafted of delicate silver.
The Kremlin: ". . .a miniature of the largest country in the world."
(ref MOSCOW AND LENINGRAD OBSERVED,
by Georges Bortoli, translated by Amanda and Edward Thomson,
Oxford University Press, 1975)
The Cathedral of Basil the Blessed
is at the southern end of Red Square, and opposite the Saviour Tower,
a main gate to the Kremlin. The cathedral is composed of eight
chapels, each capped by a uniquely decorated onion dome, all built
around a central church.
"It is without a doubt the most original monument in the world."
"It is without a doubt the most original monument in the world." --Theophile Gautier
(right) Many of you know, this used to be a common sight on Mayday in the old
Major alterations in 1956-58 resulted in air conditioning, provided by
water from an artesian well nearby.
There are 2200 plush red seats in the auditorium of gold and white
The Bolshoi Theatre: There have been performances at the Bolshoi (Grand) Theatre since 1825. This is an example of classical Russian architecture. The building has suffered its misfortunes, burning down in 1853. The 1856 reconstruction is the now familiar structure that theatre goers of today are accustomed to. World War II also took its toll; the building was damaged by a German bomb.
Major alterations in 1956-58 resulted in air conditioning, provided by water from an artesian well nearby.
There are 2200 plush red seats in the auditorium of gold and white decoration.
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