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Ulitsa Varvarka, Moscow, Russian Federation 22 May 2003
Looking across to the churches of Ulitsa Vavarka (St Barbara's Street) from behind Red Square. To the right is the Hotel Rossiya, built 1964-67 and until 1990, the biggest hotel in the world. It had 3200 rooms and 21 storeys, with a concert hall and other facilities. In 1977, a fire killed 42 people and injured 50, the high death rate being due to a lack of fire exits to facilitate surveillance of guests. It closed down in 2006 and was demolished to make way for an entertainment complex designed by Sir Norman Foster. Taken from behind Red Square on a "cultural" after return to Moscow from an inspection, prior to flying back to UK the next day.