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July 11, 2019 12:27


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The observation point on the Sparrow Hills is perhaps the most famous observation deck in Moscow, from where one can enjoy  the panorama of the capital. Views here are really worthy of attention.

It is crowded here any day. The site is part of a city tour, a favorite place for wedding photographers, a walking alley for students of Moscow University (as its main building is very close),   romantic couples, and even a meeting place for bikers.

 Geographically, this area is quite high (it is considered to be one of the seven hills on which, as you know, Moscow stands). The observation deck was designed and built during the construction of the university complex   from 1949 to 1953. The project was led by Vitaly Ivanovich Dolganov, a famous Soviet architect.



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One of the   advantages of the site is, of course, its height - more than 80 meters above the river. Muscovites adore this place on major holidays, when fireworks are thundering over the city.  In recent years, the observation deck has become even more comfortable. There are coffee shops on wheels, and snack machines. The site is beautifully lit in the dark. The territory is patrolled by the police.

Sights

It makes sense to go to Sparrow Hills for at least two reasons: to look at the sights of Moscow from a height of flight and just relax in nature.



Cable car on Sparrow Hills

The opening of the new cableway in Moscow ("Sparrow Hills" - "New League" - "Luzhniki") was held on November 26, 2018. The total length of the cable car is 720 meters.
 
What can be seen from above

From here you can clearly see the Moscow River and its curves, the famous capital's high-rises,  and the domes of large temples.

Right in the center on the opposite bank of the river is the Luzhniki Grand Sports Arena, one of the oldest stadiums in Moscow. “Luzhniki” appeared  here in 1956. Many Muscovites habitually use it as a guideline when viewing various objects of the panorama from the Sparrow Hills area.



For example, the left-most point from the “Luzhniki” is the modern Moscow skyscrapers “Moscow-City” with their luxurious business centers and  residential complexes. To the right of "Moscow-City" you can see the hotel "Ukraine", the unchanging spire - the Ostankino TV Tower, and even further - the "White House" (the building where the Russian government is located). Here, to the left of the "Luzhniki" you can find two well-known "Stalinist skyscrapers": one of them - the house on Kudrinskaya Square, the other - the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia.

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From the observation deck you can clearly see several embankments - Novodevichy and Berezhkovskaya, Vorobyevskaya and Luzhnetskaya, and  connecting  bridges.

Right behind the stadium, the multi-colored domes of the St. Basil's Cathedral stand out, one can see part of the Kremlin's bell towers, and the power of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. Here you can also notice  another landmark of modern Moscow - the huge figure of Peter I, mounted on the Red October arrow, a very odious work of Zurab Tsereteli.  

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If you move from the central part of the panorama to the right, you can immediately see the fourth “high-rise” - the house at Kotelnicheskaya, the oldest residential complex on the embankment.



If you look further, it is difficult to miss the Shukhov Tower - an incredible engineering project, created in the 1920s.  At the moment, the tower is   left as a historical monument.

In short, it is difficult to find another place,   where you can see so many metropolitan attractions at once and understand how they relate to each other.

How to get to the observation deck


A reference point for getting to the observation deck of Sparrow Hills can be Kosygin Street. The entrance to the site is absolutely free of charge and open 24/7. Even the binoculars here, giving a 15-fold increase, are available completely free of charge.
 

 




Author: Anna Dorozhkina

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