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Gostiny Dvor Arcade, Moscow

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#27 of 210 in Historic Sites in Moscow
Historic Walking Area Historic Site
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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  • This beautiful, big store is located between the Ilinka street and Varvarka street on the north and south, and the two backstreets on the west and east, that are Hrustalnyy(Crystal) alley and Rybnyy(F...  more »
  • The architecture is breathtaking. It is a perfect place to hold official events such as dinners and VIP reception. I will dream to hold a wedding there!  more »
  • The building is very close to the Red Square. You can combine the Red Square, Gostiny Dvor, English Court and Romanov's House into this walk around this part of the center. Everything is in a short wa...  more »
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  • Great exhibition place. Polite security, clean toilets. Lots of space.
  • Beautifully restored historical venue just off the Red Square
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