1 of 9 A huge fire broke out in the Russian capital, Moscow, on Sunday night, gutting a landmark building - the Manezh, a 19th-century exhibition hall located near the Kremlin.
2 of 9 The building was empty of both people and artworks ahead of a new exhibition next week when the fire started at 2100 local time - minutes after Vladimir Putin's victory in the presidential election was declared.
3 of 9 Hundreds of firemen rushed to the scene to battle 20-metre high flames, as well as to douse nearby university buildings to prevent them from catching fire.
4 of 9 Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov quickly ruled out both terrorism and arson as the cause of the fire, saying the most likely cause was a short-circuit in the ventilation system.
5 of 9 As the fire raged, the roof of the 4,500 square-metre structure caved in - killing two firefighters and injuring one.
6 of 9 The flames and smoke rose well above the Kremlin walls, lighting up Moscow's skyline in a spectacular display until the fire was extinguished more than three hours later.
7 of 9 From the once majestic Manezh, originally built in 1817 as a riding school for the tsar's army, only the walls with their neo-classical colonnades survived the flames...
8 of 9 ...while the inside of the structure was completely gutted.
9 of 9 Mayor Yuri Luzhkov has promised Muscovites to restore the historic building to its former glory.