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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Moscow's Past, Seen Through a New Lens

Alexandra OdynovaThe pictures of old Moscow become 3-D when seen through special glasses.
Travel back in time in silly glasses this week at the Old Moscow 3-D exhibition, an outdoor display at Kolomenskoye Park.

The exhibition, running at the Spasskiye Vorota, has 30 pairs of stands that show the same picture of one part of Moscow with almost a century between the takings.

Visitors don flimsy 3-D glasses that make the landscapes jump out and charm while staring at the two pictures and picking out the differences.

Entrance is free, but the glasses cost 20 rubles, with all the money raised going to the Nastenka Fund, a charity that supports children with cancer.

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Moscow's Polytechnical Museum in the 19th century.

One picture shows the Polytechnical Museum from the late 19th century, a single standing building before the wings were added. Others show the low-rise landscape before Stalin skyscrapers and before Moskva-City arrived.

All the 19th-century pictures are provided by the Moscovskoye Vremya Fund, founded by businessman Dmitry Zimin.

Zimin writes on the fund's web site that looking at the photos makes him remember his childhood and how he and his friends used to collect wood to heat his apartment and swim at the beach near Kievsky Station.

The exhibition shows just how polarized opinions can be about the development of Moscow.

"When I hear criticism toward the new buildings, I recall as an example the indignation of Parisians when the Eiffel Tower was built -- they wanted to demolish it," said Yevgeny Shevchuk, from Magic Design Lab, producer of the project. "New ideas are always at risk, but we shouldn't be afraid of them."

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Moscow's Polytechnical Museum today.
For others, the exhibition is a look at another Moscow, one that was destroyed by Stalin and that inevitably sparks memories of their childhood city, one that has disappeared under Mayor Yury Luzhkov.

Organizers hope to hold similar exhibitions in other cities around the country.

The Old Moscow 3-D photo exhibition runs through Oct. 26 at Spasskiye

Vorota in Kolomenskoye Park, 39 Prospekt Andropova, M. Kolomenskoye.

Admission is 20 rubles.