Moscow ~ Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Holy Virgin Mary ~ neo-Gothic church built 1901-11 ~ closed in 1938 and threatened with demolition, it was used after the war as a warehouse, then a hostel ~ Following the fall of communism in 1991, it returned to being a church in 1996. Then a cathedral in 2002.
Yes, continuing with the Russian theme: this seems to be the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow, Russia. Will definitely be doing a lot of touristy stuff if I get to this yet another enormous city I have always been fascinated with.
MOSCOW, RUSSIA // From Pre-Revolution Architecture to Boutique Luxury: Ten Culturally Significant Hotels in Moscow // Russia’s capital is known for its complex history, its extravagant architectural monuments and its status as the most populous city in Europe.