October 17th, 2011
06:20 PM GMT
Moscow (CNN) – A century of revolution and regime change has scarred the Moscow skyline, and left its people struggling to define their cultural identity.
The soviets systematically destroyed or gutted much of the old tsarist architecture, but after the fall of communism the new government gave orders for some key elements to be restored.
Since then, the trend of restoring Moscow’s pre-soviet heritage has taken root, and has captured the imagination of both architects and muscovites in general. CNN's Richard Quest explores huge restoration projects in some of Moscow’s most iconic buildings, including a rare look inside the Kremlin.