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Gostiny Dvor Arcade, Moscow
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The Old Merchant Court (Russian: Старый гостиный двор) in Moscow occupies a substantial portion of Kitai-gorod, as the old merchant district is known. Formerly accommodating both shops and warehouses, it was constructed of brick in the 1590s and underwent significant modifications from 1638–41. As the Russian capital expanded and the old structure became overcrowded, a new indoor market was completed nearby in 1665.Giacomo Quarenghi, the favored architect of Catherine the Great, in 1789 replaced those medieval buildings with a new shopping mall designed in a sober Neoclassical style with innumerable Corinthian columns and arcades. Several local Moscow architects including S. Karin, I. Egotov and P. Selihov supervised the actual construction. The first phase was delayed because of the death of Catherine the Great and was not completed until 1805. Osip Bove made some modifications to adapt to the slope in the area and to finish following Quarenghi's original plans in 1830.Subsequently, Quarenghi's structure went through many reconstructions. After the Revolution in 1923, the space was subdivided into offices altering the original design significantly. Recently a modern glass roof in 1995 was installed, when Gostiny Dvor was being converted into a fashionable exhibition ground. Nowadays, the edifice is used as the setting for fashion shows, business parties, and even Viennese balls. Montserrat Caballé and José Carreras were among those who performed at the New Year parties in Gostiny Dvor.
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  • Caught myself thinking that visited Moscow Gostiny Dvor today for the first time. And it was a day of discovery: discovered a whole new world. First there was the excellent business breakfast on modern art, and then the exposition fair-exhibition Cosmoscow. And everyone in General has made a good impression: and the building itself, an impressive scale and long galleries, with an ideal location in the heart of the capital, and exhibition space, and filling and decoration, and an interesting tour of the contemporary art fair
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  • Gostiny Dvor today is rather a business centre than a point of interest, but if you like the story then you can just go and take a walk, take pictures. On floors makes no sense to climb but the first can,
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  • It is an elegant building located near red square, the beautiful architecture. Seems, that doubles as a shopping mall, shop burning, the inside was like in the exhibit hall.
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Google
  • Great exhibition place. Polite security, clean toilets. Lots of space.
  • good place
  • Beautifully restored historical venue just off the Red Square
  • beautiful
  • Great