November 17th, 2004
In mid 1920s construction of the biggest soviet hotel was brought to a decision. Okhotny Ryad, the spot nearby Kremlin was picked up as a site. The regime was embarrassed by pubs, modest hotels for merchants and the burse situated right in the very core of the ‘world’s proletarian capital’. The country endeavored to forget its non-revolutionary past, the soon the better.
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Hotel ‘Moskva’ construction. Photograph taken before 1935, from Manezhnaya square.
Pre-revolutionary hotels are covered with plywood.