The mystery of «the Ukraine» in Russia

© RIA Novosti / Maxim to Aminopherase in photosangelina Radisson Royal Moscow on Kutuzov Avenue in MoscowThe mystery of «the Ukraine» in Russia© RIA Novosti / Maxim to Aminopherase in photobacteria Melnikov, columnist MIA «Russia today»

The last of the legendary Stalinist skyscraper is preparing for the 60th anniversary. Now it is a luxurious hotel Radisson Royal — the same breathtaking views and stunning new rooms (over 500 rooms) and the pool, 11 restaurants, Spa, observation deck and plush interiors.

The idea of the construction of the skyscraper originated in the late 30-ies, but actually to design the hotel «Ukraine» started after the war. It was built not fast — about four years, but the project at that time was great.

It was necessary not only to erect a magnificent skyscraper, but first strengthen the river Bank (the dorogomilov suburb is often flooded by the waters of the Moscow river), to drain the swamp to build a solid Foundation.

As a poor district has become a luxury
Interestingly, in parallel with the «Ukraine» was built and the eighth skyscraper — the place where they grew up, the hotel «Russia». In the spring of 1953 there were already completed work on the construction of the stylobate, the steel frame was erected up to the eighth floor.

However, after Stalin’s death the construction of skyscrapers was stopped, the frame of the building was dismantled and used in the construction of the sports complex «Luzhniki». Well «Russia» was built, but 10 years later, and she at that time was not even high, but the biggest hotel in the world.

The pinnacle of the Soviet — style hotel «Ukraine» — is more than 88 thousand square meters, its height given the 73-meter spire is 206 meters.

Some time the hotel was the tallest building in Europe. The guests were impressed with the chic design of the Banquet hall, library, restaurant and winter garden with a fountain. The entire building was decorated with intricate stucco work and other decorative elements with traditional motifs of Soviet symbols — vases in the form of sheaves of wheat, obelisks, Attica from five-pointed stars, and the spire was adorned with the hammer and sickle.

The interiors of the hotel «Ukraine» was (and still is) luxurious: marble, mosaic parquet, solid furniture, bronze chandeliers, many paintings, among them paintings of Deineka, Vasily Polenov, Kupriyanova.

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Astapkovich Photobacterium in the presidential Suite of the hotel «Ukraine» in MoscowThe mystery of «the Ukraine» in Russia© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Astapkovich Photobacterium in the presidential Suite of the hotel «Ukraine» in Moscow
Facts and legends «Ukraine»

1) . Inside Moscow courtyard with a small Park, in winter there was often an ice-rink. In the house №2 on Kutuzov prospect lived Director Sergei Gerasimov, actors Boris Babochkin, Tamara Makarova, singer Vladimir Nechaev, the writer Leonid Sobolev, the scientists and the military.

2) . Here was filmed the movie «True friends», «Moscow holidays», «Team», «Northern lights», «The Russia House» (with Sean Connery and Michelle Pfeiffer), «The Saint» («Holy») and others.

3) Commemorative stones start of erection of all high-rises laid in honor of the 800 anniversary of Moscow. But the hotel «Ukraine» was the last, the seventh, the eighth to finish did not.

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Astapkovich in Photobacterium Romantic rooms of the hotel «Ukraine» in MoscowThe mystery of «the Ukraine» in Russia© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Astapkovich in Photobacterium Romantic rooms of the hotel «Ukraine» in Moscow

4) the Hotel is built on the principle of the pyramid (tapers). One myth says that the place on which is erected «Ukraine», supposedly generates mystical energy (however, this said about almost all Stalin skyscrapers).

5) the Rich history and magnificent views attract celebrities. It was visited by Marcello Mastroianni, Robert De Niro, Michel Legrand, Sean Connery, Patricia Kaas, Cesaria Evora, Zachary Quinto, Dominic Cooper, Michael Flatley, Audrey Tautou, Sophia Loren, Joaquin Cortes, Ralph Fiennes, Francis Ford Coppola, Ving rhames, Sean Bean, Christian Slater, Adrian Brody, Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, Cristiano Ronaldo and others.

6) the Apartments in the building of the hotel Radisson Royal is one of the most expensive in Moscow. Square meter here cost more than 700 thousand rubles. Price range is from 30 to 152 million rubles.

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