Friday, July 4, 2014

Moscow Park


The All-Russia Exhibition Center (called VVC or VDNKh). It was open in 1939 as an agricultural exhibition, but later the complex was extended and in 1959 it was re-open under the name Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy. There are about 400 buildings. Since my hotel was closeby I visited it one evening (while all the other participants of my travel group were attending some folk dancing). 



The 'Friendship of Nations' fountain, built in 1954 as a symbol of the Soviet Union: it contains 16 female sculptures, each representing one of the former Soviet Republics.


The Cosmos pavilion with a real rocket and aircraft.


It surprised me to see so many young people here, it was a pleasant visit.


(photos by RfA, 2009)

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5 comments:

  1. That sounds like a fascinating trip! The first picture reminds me of the 'Brandenburger Tor'.

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  2. These are beautiful photos, it's like almost being there myself. What a pleasant view with all. Thanks for sharing them with us.

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  3. Lisa beatme to it. As soon as I saw that triumphal arch I thought of the Brandenburg Gate.

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  4. I didn't notice it at the time, but indeed it looks like the Brandenburger Tor. I remember there was police checking out the people entering the complex, so I became slightly worried, but everybody could walk through the gate without problems. Russia isn't as totalitarian as we sometimes think in the West.

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  5. Memorable pics. The skies stood out for me -- those northern skies have different qualities from those found further south.

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