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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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  • In the very center of Moscow, not far from red square, you can go to the Gostiny Dvor, where now passes fair honey. Visited Gostiny Dvor, 22.01.2017. Visitors and vendors was not very much. Fair before 5 February. Sell honey and honey face products from Bashkortostan, Udmurtia, Altai region, other regions of our vast Russia. In the center of the Hall stands a tall tree. Benches where you can sit down to relax, not enough. At the entrance we should pass through the frame, guard "shine through" handbags (ladies too).
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  • Were with the family of the 02.01.2017. Children 8 and 15. Call it the circus could not be. This is just a representation of the acrobatic. Men's rooms is very dynamic, bright, interesting. Women are very tight, like a musical performance, and the performance of the service. In General, this one-time event. And doubt very much that it is this and is there a real Chinese circus. As regards the grounds holding Gostiny Dvor: you can only sit on the ground in the middle. The spectators sitting on the left and right sides of the parterre abut look in black drapery Kulis. The most convenient place is a podium, both central and side. They are like an amphitheatre, front zatylkov you don't see. It is better to choose a session on time so that the street started twilight. If you come during the day, then through the glass roof of Gostiny Dvor seeps light and the whole Entourage submission disappears. Children up to 7 years there doing nothing, they don't realize that this is a demonstration of human possibilities. They are bored, all the peeps, loud talking and asking for popcorn, cotton candy and write. Kids do not take. The organizers of a large claim: to run for seats in the Hall behind us started 10 minutes before the start. And the people tumbled down the crowd. Until all the seat down, passed 25, and 30 minutes. All this time the screens we showed three commercials from the LEGO Company. They went after each other and quite loud. All three ads, every 25 minutes. The brain just exploded! Well and separate claim to our wild people who ponabral with a sweet popcorn, cotton candy, ice cream, beverages, and during the presentation of all sat zhrali, chavkali, ottirali, washed down with fingers of cotton candy. Contempt of dichajshee and to the artists and to the next sitting. Children become accustomed to this with the minority. Ashamed. When artists went to the bow half of the Hall without applause and povskakala rushed at the cloakroom. Also a disgrace. Summary: to spend time away from home with a salad, to listen to a beautiful Chinese music, to marvel at the pryguchih, flexible and dexterous Chinese artists-even very fit!
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  • Excellent, just the best exhibition of weapons and hunting goes here. Each year come as the holiday show novelties, unique knives and gets acquainted with representatives of farms.
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  • Great exhibition place. Polite security, clean toilets. Lots of space.
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