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10 Most Beautiful Mansions of Moscow, Part 1
October 10, 2014 13:49


These magnificent building monuments are must see for connoisseurs of architecture and history!
 
1. House of Merchant Morozov
“Earlier it was only me who knew you are a fool, and now entire Moscow will learn about it!”- this is how Madam Morozova estimated the way-out house of the son. The rich merchant Arseny Morozov was inspired to create this unusual mansion by his travelling across Portugal: he decided to build his new house in the peculiar Mauritian style. His friend, the architect Victor Mazyrin helped Arseny Morozov to implement his ideas. Thus, a quaint house with carved turrets and cartouches on the façade, which was no way typical for Russia, was built in the heart of Moscow. In spite of the initial reaction of general public to this eccentric architectural creation, the mansion is significant monument of Moscow architecture nowadays. Now this monumental building is the RF Government Reception House.
 
Located at: 163, Vozdvizhenka Street, near Arbatskaya Metro Station.
 
 
 
 
2. Pertsova’s Guest House 
The tenement house of Mrs. Pertsova is popularly known as Fairy-Tale House. Built in 1905, it was designed after sketches by the artist Sergey Malyutin, the author of the Russian nested dolls (Matryoshkas).
 
It stands out in unusual variety and complexity of forms, but, at the same time, looks as organic whole. The project authors applied various devices of the Art Nouveau style: these include asymmetrical layout of windows and balconies, tower-shaped roof projections and rich decor. Its penthouses were art studios, with apartments below them and the famous art cabaret The Bat in its cellar.
 
Located: at the corner of Soymonovsky Drive and Prechistenskaya Embankment, not far from Kropotkinskaya Metro Station.
 







3. Vtorov's Mansion (Spaso House) 
 
Vtorov's Mansion is a monument of neoclassical architecture of prerevolutionary Russia and the residence of the US ambassador. It was constructed in the early 20th century for the banker and entrepreneur Nikolay Vtorov, one of the richest Russians of that time. Magnificent mansion interiors have been kept intact: the mansion was very well equipped and, besides, had what is still the biggest chandelier in Moscow (except the theatrical one). It is one more “Bulgakov’s place”: it is known as the prototype of Voland’s House, where the novel’s heroine Margarita was invited to the full moon ball.
 
Located at: 10, Spasopeskovsky Lane, near Arbatskaya metro station.
 

4. Savva Morozov's Mansion (Reception House of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
It is a true palace located in Spiridonovka Street, just a stone’s throw from Patriarchal Ponds. It was built by the outstanding architect Fedor Schechtel in the Neo Gothic style, which was fashionable at the end of the 19th century. The house built for the rich businessman and patron of arts Savva Morozov reminds of a romantic palace with its lancet arches of doors and windows and tower-shaped buildings. This is the mansion that is considered to be the prototypes of the mansion of Mikhail Bulgakov’s Margarita.
 
Presently Morozov's Mansion is used as the Receptions House of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Located at: 17, Spiridonovka Street, near Krasnopresnenskaya Metro Station.
 
 
 
 

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Author: Vera Ivanova

Tags: Mansions of Moscow Old Moscow Russian Architecture Moscow Architecture  

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