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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Luxury Marks Kazansky Remont

Standing in the ladies' restroom of the recently renovated Kazansky railroad station, Moscow's Mayor Yury Luzhkov took a look around Friday and pronounced his satisfaction with the remont job.

"It doesn't happen very often that I step into the women's toilet, especially one as luxurious as this one," the mayor said to Railways Minister Ivan Fadeyev and to Ivan Paristy, head of Moscow Railroad.

The first stage of the renovation of Kazansky Station, which took six months, has been completed and three spacious halls were opened for passengers Friday afternoon.

Station chief Alexander Yakubov said, however, "the facade still needs a lot of work, and a new three-story wing which is designed for a vast ticket office, a hotel and several cafes, is still under construction."

He added that the overall renovation project, which Paristy said will cost 400 billion rubles (almost $80 million), is scheduled to be finished in August 1997, just before the celebration of the 850th anniversary of the founding of Moscow by Prince Yury Dolgoruky.

Trains depart from Kazansky --one of the biggest of Moscow's nine huge railroad stations -- for Kazan, the Urals, Western Siberia and Central Asia.

The renovated station boasts sparkling marble floors, walls of yellow and light green, and beautiful chandeliers. Three cafes offer passengers hot tea and coffee from a samovar, pastries, sandwiches and chocolates. The ventilation, communications, electrical and heating systems have been replaced as well.

Paristy said the next station remont project will be Kursky station, "the last station in town which is in bad shape but hasn't been touched yet."

The architect for the original building, which was completed in 1926, was Alexei Shchusev, who later became world famous as the builder of the Lenin Mausoleum.