Moscow is the most populated city in Europe and the northern-most megacity on Earth. As such, it has served as a key geo-political and economical centre, both in Europe and the world.
Built in its heart, and facing one of the many meanders of the Moskva river, is the Moscow Kremlin. This fortified complex has functioned as the Seat of the Grand Dukes, the Residence of the Tsars, and currently is the residence of the President of the Russian Federation; it features four palaces, four cathedrals, and monumental enclosing walls and towers.
Around the Kremlin one can find many of the most important landmarks in Moscow, including the Alexander Garden, Saint Basil’s Cathedral, and the Red Square.
In this setting, and with the same grandeur in mind, the Metropol Hotel was originally built. The hotel is only a few blocks away from the Kremlin, Red Square and Moscow city centre. The Hotel Metropol was thought to serve as a multi-function building, to host important social and political events and feasts, and to accommodate visiting dignitaries. Eventually it was nationalised and housed offices for the growing Soviet bureaucracy.