Manege Building is One of Symbols of Moscow
Manege building, along with the Kremlin and the Triumphal Gate, is a symbol of Moscow; moreover, is one of the finest architectural monuments of late Classicism. The building was constructed in 1817 to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the victory over Napoleon.
The tribute to the victory of Russian arms in the war is the images of military regalia on the facades of buildings. The long powerful with the colonnade is impressive in its monumentality and grandeur. The huge hall of Manege (length - 166 m, width - 45 m) was covered by hanging wooden roof without a single supporting column. Such a structure was once considered a “miracle of technology”. Manege was intended for military parades and exercises. However, it served other purposes as well: exhibitions, folk festivals and concerts. Russian Musical Society arranged music evenings there. It was only in 1957 that it gained the status of Central Exhibition Hall.
Then, the display area of the Manege amounted to 6500 sq. meters. In 2005, the Manege was completely rebuilt after the fire. The area of exhibition halls increased significantly.