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Diorama "Moscow is the capital of the USSR"

On the first floor of Ukraina Hotel, you can see at no charge a unique small-scale model of Moscow called "Moscow is the capital of the USSR". The size of the model is impressive: 16 meters in width, 6 meters in height and 9,5 meters in depth. The total area is 304,9 m2. The historical center of Moscow and its nearest regions of 1977 are created in the scale of 1:75. At the diorama, there is an informational terminal and headphones, which you can use to listen to an excursion about Moscow in different languages. You will know about the history of all the buildings of the model, which will be consecutively illuminated to help you easily find them. The diorama has a complicated system of lighting technology, which imitates different periods of a day. The main advantages of the model are accurate details and authenticity.


The diorama was created by a big group of artists (about 100 people) to the order of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Soviet Union, specially for the National Exhibition of 1977 in the USA. The main artist of the project was Efim Deshalit. The small-scale model of Moscow was exhibited in Deer Park in New-York and then around the whole world. In the 1980ies it won a gold medal in Leipzig Fair as a masterpiece of breadboard design. On arrival to its native country, the diorama was demonstrated at one of the pavilions of the Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy and the Shopping Center at Nametkina Street. Then it was put up for auction, but couldn't find its customer in the capital for a long time. They say that Louis Armstrong wanted to buy it for Disneyland, but the author strongly objected as he wanted his art work to stay in Russia. Finally, the diorama was bought specially for the exhibit at Ukraina Hotel.

  • Address: 2/1c1, Kutuzovskiy Prospect. In the hall of Ukraina Hotel, on the first floor. Not far from the metro station "Kievskaya" and Kievskiy railway station.
  • Phone: +7 (495) 221 55 55.
  • Entrance is free of charge!

Author of the article and photos: lady_sumerki

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