Embassy Open Day
On 18 April, as part of the annual Cultural Heritage Day in Moscow, the New Zealand Embassy opened its doors to visitors, giving them an unique opportunity for a closer look at the building that is otherwise closed for sightseeing.
In a guided tour, groups of Embassy guests were able to explore one of the finest examples of the Moscow Moderne style of architecture – Lev Kekushev’s Mindovsky Mansion that was built in 1903.
It is an interesting fact that the first New Zealand legation in the Soviet Union, opened in 1944, was located in another building designed by Lev Kekushev, a magnificent Moscow Moderne building on Ostozhenka Street.
Visitors had a chance to see the Mindovsky Mansion’s grand staircase that is framed by a beautiful stained-glass window, the ‘Bolshoi Zal’ where official receptions are held and the Ambassador’s study where they were able to look at a model of the building in its original form.