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Other architectural objects of interest

Church of the Holy Mandylion at Andronikov Monastery is the oldest building in Moscow, which acquired its present appearance between 1420 and 1425. Fragments of frescoes of that time are traceable on window jambs.

10 Andronikovskaya Ploshad. Metro Ploshd Ilicha (line 8, yellow.)

Krutitsy Metochion is a cloister established in the 13th century which later became a Patriarch’s (Archbishop’s) residence. The ensemble includes several churches and other buildings erected in 1660’s and later. In May, blooming cherries add charm to the architectural monuments.

17 Krutitskaya Street. Metro Proletarskaya (line 7, purple.)

The Lace House on Leningradsky Prospekt was conceived as a model Soviet tenement building erected from inexpensive prefabricated parts but well decorated to have a unique appearance. The lace panels convey the impression of the façade integrity, but the dwellers say it is too dark in their rooms.

27 Leningradsky Prospekt. Metro Dinamo, (line 2, green.)



Moscow International Business Centre, also known as Moscow City, is a gradually developing proxy of Docklands in London or La Défense in Paris. So far, 12 of 23 projected buildings have been erected there. Opinions on its architectural value are mixed, nevertheless, one of the district’s towers got inside the top ten most aesthetic skyscrapers in 2011, according to the Emporis Skyscraper Award. For the best view of the district, go to Sparrow Hills viewing deck.

Moscow City business centreMoscow City business centre as seen from a garden near the Novodevichy Convent.



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