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Moscow Non standard Tours

 

Backstage of the Bolshoi Theatre

 

 

The Bolshoi Theatre is the national pride of Russia and its main symbol. The magnificent building of the Bolshoi Theatre with white columns and the Quadriga of Apollo created by Pyotr Klodt two hundred forty years ago fascinates with its grandeur and beauty being one of the most famous symbols of Moscow and the main tourist attractions. During the excursion we will visit the following  premises:

 

THE BEETHOVEN HALL is one of the most high-tech halls in the world. A wonderful mechanism of transformation gives the opportunity to hide auditorium seats turning the hall into an enormous conference hall. The hall has hi-tech electronic acoustics. Therefore, a sound studio is located here. The modern Beethoven Hall is located under Teatralnaya Square and has four floors under the ground. Behind its walls just 70 meters there is a metro line.

 

THE WHITE HALL’s decorations of 1895 combine noble renaissance and the exuberant Byzantine style. Visitors can see delicate grisaille that bewildered all theatre lovers of the XIX century

 

THE RED HALL AND THE IMPERIAL FOYER buffet tables were arranged for the emperor and close persons. The hall boggles the mind with its luxury.

 

THE HISTORIC STAGE The auditorium of the Historic Stage boggles with its luxury and elegance and has harmony of Renaissance and Byzantine styles. There are arabesques, wall lamps, candelabrums, red velvet, natural wood and the real gold at every stage. The total square of gold leaf in the auditorium is 1100 m2.

 

THE REHEARSAL STAGE.

Nobody even can think that the rehearsal stage is located just under the Historic Stage, above the luxurious chandelier with the picturesque ceiling. The stage is a replica of the Historic Stage in terms of dimensions and the form. All rehearsals of operas and ballets excluding pre-premier ones are held here.

 

THE SEWING WORKSHOP

One more wonderful place hidden from the others’ eyes, which everyone would like to visit, this is sewing workshops. They are located under the roof, at the level of the famous Quadriga of Apollo, a chariot with four horses over the columns of the Bolshoi Theatre. Just here splendid costumes are manufactured. You will see the process of cutting and needlework

 

THE EXHIBITION OF COSTUMES

We see an exhibition of the real stage dresses of prima ballerinas of the Bolshoi Theatre

 

Price in Rubbles per pax:

 

Number of pax

Option 1 –

including transportation from Spectrum

Option 2 –

on client’s transport

1 pax

30 400

28 750

2 pax

15 200

14 300

3 pax

10 300

9 500

4 pax

7 700

7 200

5 pax

6 800

6 400

6 pax

6 600

6 200

 

 

Price includes:

  • Hotel pick up/Drop off  - 1st option , No pick up /drop off – 2d option (client may use his own transport)
  • Local guide on any European language
  • Entrance to the Bolshoi Theatre with private tour (no performance included)

House on the Embankment  a symbol of prosperity and of Stalin’s repressions in the 1930’s.

 

 

There are many buildings in Moscow along  the Moskva River, but only one of them is known as the House on the Embankment , a famous constructivist building in the center of Moscow that used to be an embodiment of how life of Soviet people would look like in the future.

It was designed by Soviet architect Boris Iofan and construction was completed in 1931. It is located directly opposite the Kremlin. This house was a unique complex :  505 apartments, with the latest equipment for those years, and was inhabited by a new Soviet elite - generals, people's commissars, cultural figures.

A whole system of serving the residents was built: a gym and indoor tennis courts, a cinema, a distribution store, an outpatient clinic, a post office, a day nursery, a kindergarten, a solarium, a library, a dining room, laundry.

During the Stalinist purges, many tenants were arrested and disappeared. Two-thirds of the residents were repressed, including the chairman of Rykov’s government, Marshal Tukhachevsky.

The house became a symbol of this terrible time.

 

This interesting tour includes visiting a small apartment museum.

 

Price in Rubbles per pax:

 

Number of pax

Option 1 –

including transportation from Spectrum

Option 2 –

on client’s transport

1 pax

10 580

8 500

2 pax

6 500

5 700

3 pax

4 500

3 900

4 pax

3 850

3 450

5 pax

3 500

3 100

6 pax

2 900

2 500

 

 

Price includes:

  • Hotel pick up/Drop off  - 1st option , No pick up /drop off – 2d option (client may use his own transport)
  • Local guide on any European language
  • Entrance to the museum of The House on Embakement

Famous Eliseev Grocery Store

A man who was ahead of his time and was shot for it.

Director of the grocery store " Eliseevsky"

 

 

Eliseevsky store is more than 100 years old and boasts a rich history. Long before the store was built here, the building served as a house for Ekaterina Kozitskaya, the wife of Grigoriy Kozitskiy who was the State Secretary of Ekaterina II.

In 1898 the building was bought by tradesman Grigoriy Eliseev from Saint Petersburg. Eliseevsky store was opened in Moscow  in 1901 and named after its owner. It definitely stoked the imagination of its customers.

They saw lavishly decorated interiors with huge crystal chandeliers, reminiscent of bunches of grapes; aisles heaped with exotic fruits: pyramids of coconuts and bunches of tropical bananas. Extremely polite sales people hurried to help their customers to make the best choice. 

 

During the Brezhnev stagnation period and the last years before Perestroika were remembered by Soviet citizens as a time of total deficit. All stores in the USSR could only show empty shelves, at best decorated with piles of canned goods. For any food and industrial goods, Soviet citizens had to literally “hunt”, stand kilometer-long queues or make mutually beneficial friendships with store managers.

Under these conditions, the Moscow Grocery Store No. 1 on Gorky Street in Building No. 14 impressed the imagination with luxury. It contained such scarce goods that Soviet citizens couldn’t dream of. The director of Eliseevsky, Yuri Sokolov was person No. 1 for the capital's elite. In 1982, Yu. V. Andropov came to power in the USSR, one of the goals of which was to cleanse the country of corruption, theft and bribery. He was aware of the real state of affairs in trade, so Andropov decided to start with the Moscow food trade. Soon Sokolov was arrested.

 

The court sentenced Sokolov to capital punishment (execution) with confiscation of property and deprivation of all ranks and awards. The Eliseev case became the largest case of embezzlement in Soviet trade.

 

Price in Rubbles per pax:

 

Number of pax

Option 1 –

including transportation from Spectrum

Option 2 –

on client’s transport

1 pax

9 600

7 900

2 pax

5 900

4 900

3 pax

4 700

3 900

4 pax

3 550

2 700

5 pax

3 250

2 400

6 pax

2 900

2 200

 

Price includes:

  • Hotel pick up/Drop off  - 1st option , No pick up /drop off – 2d option (client may use his own transport)
  • Local guide on any European language
  • Private tour at Eliseev Grosery

 

 

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