The Seven Sisters in Moscow

The Moscow State University of the Seven Sisters

The Moscow State University of the Seven Sisters ©e_chaya/Flick

Anyone visiting the capital of Russia should definitely make a trip to the Seven Sisters in Moscow. The building is a proof of the Russian architectural perfection. All these seven structures were built to the orders of Joseph Stalin after the Second World War.

The Seven Sisters consists of the Radisson Royal Hotel, the Kotelnicheskaya Embankment apartments, the Kudrinskaya Square Building, the Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya Hotel, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the main building of the Moscow State University and the Red Gates Administrative Building.

 

The Radisson Royal Hotel

This amazing structure is 206 meters tall and has 34 floors. It was designed by Arkadi Mordvinow and Vyacheslav Oltarzhevsky and its completion in 1957 was the largest hotel in Europe with a capacity of 1630 people. In 2004 the new platform of the hotel was opened and it is said that the whole city skyline can be seen there. The hotel was closed in 2007 for renovations and was reopened at the end of 2010.

Radisson Royal Hotel in Moscow

Radisson Royal Hotel in Moscow ©e_chaya/Flick

The Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya Hotel

Originally known as the Hotel Leningradskaya, this 136 meter high tower was built by Leonid Polyakov. Critics say the interior of the hotel was made without any detail and this has started a lot of controversy. After a very expensive renovation of this building of the Seven Sisters in Moscow that was completed in 2008, the hotel reopened as the Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya Hotel.

The Kotelnicheskaya Embankment Apartments

This property is the most famous commercial and residential complex in the country. This building of the Seven Sisters in Moscow was designed by Dmitri Chechvlin and Andrei Rostkovsky and is 176 meters high. It has 32 floors of which 26 has apartments and the rest are for commercial use. Many weather experiments are also made in the building.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs it is still the most important building in Russian politics. The building has 27 floors and houses the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and small branches of the Ministry of Commerce. The most impressive feature of this building is the huge Soviet crest, measuring 144 square meters.

Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs ©Bernt Rostad/Flick

The Kudrinskaya Square Building

This building is surrounded by various controversial stories. It was originally designed to host various Russian leaders, but because of the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, to this stunning 22-story structure was not given any attention and began to lose its grace and brilliance, but then was started its renovation. This part of the Seven Sisters is 160 meters high and it is a real masterpiece.

The Red Gates Administrative Building

It is the smallest between the buildings of the Seven Sisters. It is 133 meters high and hosts many administrative and residential premises. The Red Gates Administrative Building was designed by the famous Alexei Dushkin.

The Moscow State University

This university is the biggest of all the Seven Sisters, it is 240 meters tall and has 36 floors. The building can accommodate more than 30,000 students and was inaugurated in 1936. The university was the second competed structure of the “Seven Sisters”. The central tower of the University hosts various classrooms for students, administrative offices, museums, a lounge and a post office.

The Moscow State University of the Seven Sisters

The Moscow State University of the Seven Sisters ©e_chaya/Flick

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