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It's quite usual to find the railings in front of the Pushkin Fine Arts Museum – itself resembling some ancient temple – lined with eagerly expectant crowds of art-lovers queuing up for admission to the latest special exhibition on show at the Museum. When the Picasso collection was brought on temporary loan from Paris, the queues went round the block and off down neighbouring lanes. People queued for 3-4 hours! Luckily there's a rather spectacular panoramic view outside the museum to enjoy while you wait.
From left to right, from the Pushkin Museum you have a good view of the former Mansion Rental Apartment buildings on the other side of the street. The small building at No 11 with wrought-iron railings and restaurant is a wing of the Zimulin Mansion, where the famous artist Tropinin once resided. Also at No 11 there's a grey-blue building with white decoration, former the residence of nobleman Vassily Naryshkin. The startling-turquoise building with white trim is the Ilya Glazunov Art Gallery. And dominating the entire panorama is the dome of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.
The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is a cathedral on the northern bank of the Moskva River, a few blocks southwest of the Kremlin. With an overall height of 103 metres it is the tallest Orthodox Christian church in the world.
The current church is the second to stand on this site. The original church, built during the 19th century, took more than 40 years to build. It was destroyed in 1931 during the Communist rule of Joseph Stalin. The demolition was supposed to make way for a colossal Palace of the Soviets that was never built, so the church was reconstructed in the 1990s on the same site.
The Cathedral is located on Volkhonka Street, which starts from Borovitskaya Square. The name of the street appeared at the end of the XVIII century when on the lands of the Volkonskis, a famous noble family was a popular tavern "Volkhonka". The street is one of the most ancient in Moscow. It was famous as a district for the rich.
This district is going to become Moscow Museum District. During the tour you will see and have the opportunity to visit a number of art museums: The Tsvetkovsky Gallery, The Ilya Glazunov Art Gallery, The Lopukhin Family Mansion (aka the Roerich Museum), Gallery of European and American Art of the C19th and C20th, The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, The Museum of Private Collections. While walking here you will understand why Moscow used to be accepted as a beautiful jewelry box. In the lanes you will discover old mansions and fall in love with stories of Russian noble families. Such are The Golitsyn Mansion, The Lopukhin Family Mansion, Obolonsky's Mansion, Sergey Tretyakov's Mansion etc. The Chambers of Averky Kirillov - a unique example of a large urban homestead. Chambers, Church of St. Nicholas and outbuildings along the waterfront are a single architectural complex.
Another bright example of Moscow architecture is Pertsova's Rental Apartment Mansions. The house was an apartment house, located on the corner of Soymonovsky passage and Prechistenskaya embankment, built in 1905-1907 by architects N. Zhukov and B.N. Shnaubert on sketches of the artist S.V. Malyutin, author of Russian nesting dolls. The house includes apartments and artists' studios in the upper attic of the building.