Former gangster Nikolai Sutyagin called this “wooden skyscraper” home before it was destroyed earlier this year. The family home was 13 stories high and was built over 15 years. It was dubbed a fire hazard in 2008 and condemned to demolition in 2009.
One of the many stunning subway stations in Moscow, Komsomolskaya station’s interior boasts Baroque décor while the exterior reflects the late Stalinist style of the 1940s. Devoid of the streamlined and drab interior of most stations, Komsomolskaya is a visual delight adorned with torches and chandeliers, vaulted ceilings and octagonal columns.
St Basil’s Cathedral
Commissioned by Ivan the Terrible in honor of his successful military campaign against the Mongols in 1552, St Basil’s Cathedral was built between 1555 and 1561. Postnik Yakolev designed stunning and colorful cathedral, which comprises nine individual chapels. The domed exterior was designed to resemble a bonfire flame rising into the sky.