Stalin’s Seven Sisters

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Seven most prominent buildings of Moscow

The “Seven Sisters” is the English name given to a group of Moscow skyscrapers designed in the Stalinist style. Moskvich (Muscovites) call them Stalinskie Vysotki (Сталинские высотки / स्तालीन्स्कीए वीसोक्ती), meaning “Stalin’s tall buildings”. They were built from 1947 to 1953, in an elaborate combination of Russian Baroque and Gothic styles, and the technology used in building American skyscrapers.

The buildings had more symbolic than utilitarian value and gave a taste of Soviet architectural and technological progress.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia

The building is on the first ring highway of Moscow and close to the Old Arbat artist street.

The seven sisters are as follows:
Moscow State University (MGU), Sparrow Hills
Hotel Ukraina
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya Hotel
Kotelnicheskaya Embankment Building
Kudrinskaya Square Building
Red Gates Administrative Building

Moscow state university building

Lomonosov Moscow State University seen from my flight. (Also seen is the circular Olympic stadium)

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