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State Historical Museum of Russia: Overall three-quarter view, facade facing Red Square
Shervud's most famous building is the Historical Museum (engineer A. A. Semyonov) on Red Square. Its multi-turretted composition and picturesque silhouette have become a vital part of Moscow's main square. The museum was founded in 1872 by Ivan Zabelin, Aleksey Uvarov and several other Slavophiles interested in promotion of Russian history and national self-awareness. Its interiors were intricately decorated in the Russian Revival style by such artists as Viktor Vasnetsov, Henrik Semiradsky, and Ivan Aivazovsky. The museum went through a painstaking restoration of its original appearance between 1986 and 1997.