MOSCOW, August 30 (RIA Novosti)
Moscow’s oldest hotel, the Metropol, was sold Thursday for 8.874 billion rubles ($275 million) at an auction organized by the Moscow city government as part of the national privatization program.
The buyer was Azimut, a major Russian hotel chain that had been renting the Metropol from the Moscow city government.
The Metropol, built in 1899-1907 in the Art Nouveau style, was the product of a unique collaboration of architects: William Walcot, Lev Kekushev, Vladimir Shukhov and artists Mikhail Vrubel, Alexander Golovin and Nikolai Andreyev.
As the legendary hotel is privatized, it will retain its status. The owner will be responsible for maintaining its historic heritage.
Azimut will receive the building and interiors, but all the antique furniture and pictures will remain state property.
Add to blog
You may place this material on your blog by copying the link.
Image Galleries: Yury Gagarin: A down-to-earth person
Infographics: The Linguistic Diversity of the Planet
During Vladimir Putin’s annual Q&A session some members of the Valdai International Discussion Club asked him several questions. How united is the West in its desire to punish Russia? Which EU countries are in favour of isolating Russia? Is this even possible? And what is going on in Ukraine?