Friday, April 14, 2017


The last russian cards were all about nature and this one is just the opposite. This is a very urban view of Moscow's International Business Center. In front of the modern skyscrapers, there's a bit older building,  the five-star Radisson Royal Hotel. It still maintains its historic name of Hotel Ukraina.

RU-5521191, sent by Lera.
Hotel Ukraina was commissioned by Joseph Stalin. It was designed by Arkady Mordvinov and Vyacheslav Oltarzhevsky. 
It was the tallest hotel in the world from the time of its construction until the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel opened in Atlanta, Georgia, United States in 1976. Construction on the low river bank meant that the builders had to dig well below the water level. This was enabled by an ingenious water retention system, using a perimeter of needle pumps driven deep into the ground.
The hotel opened on May 25, 1957. It closed in 2007 for a complete renovation and restoration. It reopened on April 28, 2010 after its 3-year-renovation. - in: wikipedia

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