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via Moscow Daily Photo by Irina on 12/16/11
At the end of 18th century the building was constructed for the needs of military ministry. It includes offices and warehouses, architect Legrand (as member of city construction plan of 1775) introduced new ideas in the building architecture, corner towers connected the sides of the building, the main facade faced the river which was unusual for the city in 18th century.
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