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"Watch this space." Top 5 Page for this destination Moscow Things to Do Tip by TheWanderingCamel

Moscow Things to Do: 1,682 reviews and 3,014 photos

  How big a hole has this left?
by TheWanderingCamel

At last ... the huge bulk of the Hotel Rossiya has been removed, demolished, gone! Once the biggest hotel in the world (and one of the grimmest) it occupied a huge block of riverside Moscow, completely dominating the area and the historic buildings all around, casting a permanent shadow over them. It would nice to think these churches, the Romanov house and the Elizabethan-era English Embassy house would now be given the setting they deserve.

Unfortunately, the reality is the plans for the site include another huge hotel, and given the current boom in Moscow, the amount of money being poured into the city and the Russian love of the grandiose and monumental when it comes to demonstrating civic pride, it's more than likely it will be just as overbearing in its own way. The same is true of the equally hideous Hotel Moskva, now demolished also. Their replacements may provide much-needed hotel rooms but somehow I don't think they will do much for the aesthetics of the cityscape.

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  • Updated Oct 5, 2006
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