Fragment of Grotto Ruins

Fragment of Grotto Ruins
«Fragment of Grotto Ruins»

Here you can see a fragment of the wall with carved stones of Grotto Pavilion, the arched "ruins" designed by Osip Bove as part of the 1812 fire renovations of the city and constructed in 1841 at the edge of a man-made hill underneath the Middle Arsenal Tower in Alexander Garden. The stones and bricks, which were needed for of the grotto, came from many structures that had suffered varying degrees of damage during the brief Napoleonic occupation in 1812. Other parts came from a partially destroyed Arsenal building, while some of the bricks bore the stamps of various Moscow factories.

Photo #015 taken on August 04, 2013

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