Wednesday, March 26, 2008

"House of Friendship"

This architectural gem is at 16 Vozdvizhenka Street, in between the Arbat and the Kremlin. It definitely stands out from the surrounding buildings! Just look at the intricate stone shells and lacelike stonework adorning the towers! It was designed by Vladimir Mazyrin at the end of the 19th century for the playboy Arseny Morozov--whose family became one of the city's richest by manufacturing textiles. They were patrons of the arts, employing numerous artists to simply create their extravagant homes.

The design of this particular mansion was inspired by Monserrate Palace in Sintra, Portugal. Inside, the mansion boasts rooms decorated in Chinese, Roman and Gothic styles, some restored after Soviet-period damage. The only way to see the interior of the building is to attend a concert, lecture or the G8 summit in 2006...

In Soviet times the mansion was used by the Union of Friendship Societies.




6 comments:

Rachael said...

I walked by the building several times with Katya and wondered what it was. I actually took quite a few pictures of it because I thought it was so cool looking, even though I didn't know what it was!

Dina said...

Breathtaking.

Tina in CT said...

Do you think you could get us an invitation for when I'm there next Xmas?

Anonymous said...

ditto what Rachael said...I have many pictures of it as well thanks for the info on it...Debip

Annie said...

SO lovely! I DO want to see the inside - so a concert or lecture it will have to be, I guess. (Just have to get the funds to get to Russia, first.)

garnet said...

So beautiful!