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Stalin’s Seven Sisters

23. November 2009 by Daniel 0 Comments

They’re not actually his sisters. But these seven towering Russian ladies remain a testament to Joseph Stalin’s grandiosity and the vision he had for Moscow and the Soviet Union.

 

The seven towers of Moscow were assembled in the years immediately following World War II as Russia under Stalin was eager to build itself up in the midst of the earliest cold war tensions. Their original purpose was to show the symbolic strength and power of the Soviet Union.

 

Stalin signed a decree ordering construction of the skyscrapers on Jan. 13, 1947 – the date of Moscow’s 800th anniversary. The original plan called for nine skyscrapers to be built, supposedly representing the nine planets in the solar system – a reflection of Stalin’s interest in astrology.  


The main skyscraper, known as the Soviet Palace, was to be built in what was to be the center of the nine buildings. However, this was one of two buildings that were never completed. The foundations for all nine buildings were laid on the same day.

 

Upon their completion in 1950, Stalin ordered all of the buildings to be topped with stars, leading to the nicknames “seven pyramids” and “Moscow crowns.” Today, the seven buildings include the main edifice of Moscow State University, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and various hotels and administrative buildings.

 

Where the buildings used to display monuments honoring various communist heroes, they now play host to Russia’s wealthy capitalists. Yet they still stand today as a symbol of Russia’s history and a bastion of the country’s future.