The "Just a nice picture" thread

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  1. Moscow Exile

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    The palace is a venue for school trips, of course, and all these palace pictures were taken by my son.

    The building is fantastic inside - full of 17th century artefacts and reconstructions: icons, weapons, furniture etc., and there are actors in period costume there who guide visitors around.

    Unfortunately, because of the dim lighting inside, the pictures that he took are not of good quality.

    The one below is of the reconstructed throne room, which was brighter than the other rooms because the sun was shining through the mica windows.

    Fortunately for the re-constructors, they had very many detailed plans and drawings of the original palace and an architect's wooden model of the building that was made at the time of its construction still exists, so apart from having to follow modern building safety regulations (and also their having installed a well disguised modern central heating and air-conditioning system), the reconstruction was undertaken using as far as possible the building methods that were originally used 400 years ago. There is electric lighting, of course, but it's very dim and minimal, and there is a fire extinguishing system installed as the place is, understandably, one huge fire-hazard: even from a good distance away you can smell the pine resin smell wafting from the palace as you approach it. And smoking is, of course, strictly forbidden both within the building and also in its vicinity.

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  2. Moscow Exile

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    Here's a Russian site: Дворец царя Алексея Михайловича в Коломенском [Tsar Aleksei Mikhailovich's Palace at Kolomenskoye] that has some good, professionally taken interior shots of the wooden palace. (Click on the pictures and you will get a full-size image.)

    And here's a professional shot taken from outside:

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    The palace is all lit up at night by floodlights and it looks very impressive, but I think those stands that hold the lamps spoil the appearance of the palace when viewed from the park.
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    Well, that didn't work.

    Speaking of Pokolonnaya Gora.

    A challenge, O Muscovites.
    Leading up to the tall column with St George and a chopped up dragon, are several stone rectangles; one for each year of the (Soviet) war. One of the corners is missing. This is a photo of the missing corner which I possess (picked it up off the ground during the construction phase). Is it still missing or has it been restored? Love it if someone could tell me.

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    I am no Muscovite, nor can I help you, but that's a neat and unusual piece of history you've got there.
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  6. Patrick Armstrong

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    It's much smaller than the photo suggests -- 4X4X5 cms -- but I've always treasured it. Did think, just before the thing formally opened, sending an anonymous demand to Luzhkov offering to return it for Big Bucks but never got around to it.
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    Better that it be returned to its place of origin, for it is very likely red granite from Finland that the Russians stole from there.

    ;)
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    More gloomy Russians suffering under the heel of the brutal Putin.
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    Some recent photos from the heart of the Evil Empire, Moscow:

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    The distant skyscrapers up close:
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    Fun list regarding this:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tallest_buildings_in_Europe#Tallest_European_skyscrapers

    Out of the top 20 tallest skyscrapers in all Europe, 11 are in Moscow, including the tallest one (London's The Shard was the tallest for a few months two years ago I reckon, but was beat once the Mercury tower in Moscow topped out).

    Within a year, a few more Moscow buildings will join that top 20, including a new tallest (OKO south tower, 352 meters and finished soon).

    All in all, I think I read somewhere that Moscow now has well over 100 buildings that are 100 meters tall or more, and more >200m than any other city in Europe.

    Not that skyscraper height or abundance is that important, but to some extent it does reflect what a gargantuan metropolis Moscow is and just how much Russias economy has recovered since the dreadful 1990's.
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    Sochi at night.
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    re. The Super Trooper clip.

    Over 12.5 million hits for that clip when last I looked, the vast majority of comments being positive.

    However, I remember when that clip first went on-line and some sad person commented something like "People! Don't believe this! It's Putin propaganda! They are professional dancers!" etc.

    Clearly written by a Russian citizen with a grudge and who passionately wants to eat Big Macs and drink Coca-Cola for the rest of his/her living days in the "free world".
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    I'm just a point and click cameraman I'm afraid, but here are some random bits and bobs.
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    Here are some great photos from Russias own, cold San Francisco - Vladivostok in the Maritime Province (Primorsky Krai) of the Russian Far East:
    http://hajoff.livejournal.com/595015.html

    Russky Bridge (worlds longest cable-stayed bridge):
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    Golden Horn Bay waterfront and downtown:
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    Golden Horn Bay bridge:
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    Maritime Province State Theater:
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    Far Eastern Federal University:
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    Maritime Province oceanarium:
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    Also, here are some great winter shots from downtown Vladivostok:
    http://zeka-vasch.livejournal.com/1166409.html

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    I quite liked this one, just a pic of Moscow centered on the IBC:
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    Moscow, view from our hotel Room (Izmailovo - Gamma Hotel). Ostankino tower is to the left of the Moon:
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    Both pictures were taken by me when I went to Russia in June 2011.

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