Stalin’s Seven Sisters (Moscow)

What should one do in Moscow? Apart from paying your respects to Lenin (done, with a story to come), the next most important thing is to tour Stalin’s seven sisters. There’s plenty of Stalin-era buildings in town, but these are truly magnificent.

Start from the Peking Hotel (yet another item of Stalin Baroque) and head in an anti-clockwise direction. In the distance, you can already see the Kudrinskaya Square Building:

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Closer up, it towers above:

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These are apartments, mind you:

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And they have the type of detail that should be on any decent construction:

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Within walking distance is the Hotel Ukraina:


It makes some of the later high-rises nearby look like cheap efforts lacking in imagination:

Next and also within walking distance is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs;

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It too has some lovely detail:

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At this point, it’s probably a good idea to take the metro to the fourth sister, Moscow State University:

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Obviously, designers of universities elsewhere in the world forgot to include these necessary items:

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On the metro again for the next sister, the Kotelnicheskaya Embankment, home of communal apartments:


The last two of the sisters are close by one another, although metro is probably the best way to get to them:


The whole area is festooned with communist names and buildings. The metro is called Komsomolskaya, the square outside is Leningradskaya, as is the hotel itself:

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And here’s the hotel itself:

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The final sister is known as the Red Gates Building and once housed the Ministry of Construction of Heavy Industry:

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Apart from yet more wonderful detail …

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All in all, not a bad complement to Red Petrograd.

What’s next? Moscow’s communist metro stations perhaps, or Minsk.