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Seven Sisters Moscow Reviews
Moscows Seven Sisters Apr 04, 2010
I love looking at the architecture of places while I'm away and there is no ignoring the Seven Sisters in Moscow, as they dominate the areas in which they are built.
Seems to be little featured in the guidebooks about them as a group, but I had looked them up before going.
Managed to get to four of them while I was there.Two of them are apartment blocks, two are hotels,two are state ministries and the other is the university.
Built under the personal direction of Stalin between 1947 and 1954, they were meant to rival the skyscrapers of New York. They were also meant to show the power of the Soviet Union and Stalin ordered that each one should have a spire at the top of them.
Most are located in different parts of the city centre, with the University a bit further out. It was built on Sparrow Hills, the highest area of Moscow, and supposedly the original plan had it to close to the cliffs and in danger of subsiding, so they sacked the architect and got a new one in who built it a bit further back.
Not all exactly the same, though they all do have a wedding cake style,with a central tower. They also copy gothic architecture and the buildings are still adorned with the symbols of the Soviet Union.
Ironically they follow roughly the plan for the 8th Sister that was never built. The Palace Of The Soviets was meant to be built, but the war disrupted it. It was meant to have a 100ft statue of Lenin on top of it. They even blew up the original Cathedral Of Christ The Saviour to make the site, and then found the ground wasn't suitable and ended up builing a public swimming pool :O
The ones I saw were
The Moscow State University is the largest of them, and to me the nicest as it uses a variety of coulors and is more ornately decorated than the rest.
The Foreign Ministry is at the end of Arbat Street, so many tourists will be in that area.
The Kudrinskaya Square Building is further up the Garden Ring road.
The Kotelnicheskaya Embankment Building, which is just up the river from Red Square
Might not be everyones cup of tea,so to speak, but when wandering around Moscow you are bound to come across them, and they are imposing buildings
Part of the The Moscow Times - April 2010 travel blog
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