The first shopping mall appeared here in 1893 to become the largest shopping arcade in Europe. The building had a semicircular glass roof, and the shopping passages were connected by elegant overpasses. During the Soviet era, the stores were closed: in the Stalinist era, ministries and government departments were housed here, but after Stalin's death, the State Department Store was restored to its historical appearance and reopened to the general public. In addition to a wide variety of shops, on the top floor of the building, there is a dining hall — one of the first in the USSR with a self-service system.
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