House of Friendship with Peoples of Foreign Countries

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House of Friendship with Peoples of Foreign Countries information

Moscow , Russia
Address
Street Vozdvizhenka ul 16
Getting there
metro Arbatskaya
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Lonely Planet review

Studded with seashells, this ‘Moorish Castle’ was built in 1899 for an eccentric merchant, Arseny Morozov, who was inspired by a real Moorish castle in Spain. The inside (not open to the public) is sumptuous and equally over the top. Morozov’s mother, who lived next door, apparently declared of her son’s home, ‘Until now, only I knew you were mad; now everyone will’.