38 Project “Mausoleum”

Project “Mausoleum”

Posted on January 27, 2009 by


Russian Lenin's Tomb, called

There is an ancient tomb situated on the Red Square of Moscow, right in the centermost point of the city with a real mummy inside. Yes, it's not ancient of course, it's only 70 years old, but still there is a tomb and a mummy. A mummy of Lenin, the leader of the first Russian communists who lead the country to the revolution and broke out the Tsarist reign thus wanting to establish the freedom to all, like, poor people.

This is what every Soviet Russian kid was taught at school from his early age. The name of Lenin was considered the most sacred word, together with his depiction. If the schoolboy got as bold as, like, drawing some funny whiskers in the text-book for the Lenin's portrait he could be severe punished, his parents summoned to school and then the special report could be sent to their job which could cause them being fired or even imprisoned. In other words everything concerning Lenin's name was a holy cow.
Same way was about his tomb. This place was a real shrine for the multi-national people of Soviet Union. Hundred thousands people when came to Moscow just had to visit the so called "mausoleum" and to get a fast glance on the mummy of the Lenin lying under the bullet-proof thick glass. To do that people had to stand many hours in line through all the Red Square, but it was considered worth of this.
It's interesting but even now, twenty years later after the Soviet Union started collapsing, the tomb is still at it's place right on the Red Square and the mummy body of Lenin is still inside. And there are even still lines of visitors waiting for their turn to pay a visit to the Communist leader.

The tomb itself was build of the red stone which was mined only in one place in Russia, in the village Shoksha of Karelia, and is being highly estimated by the luxury architectural designers from all over the Europe. They order this stone even to Paris for some decorations, and so from this stone this Lenin's mausoleum was built. First it was made of wood though, we've told about this in our "Lenin Tomb History" post looking like a stairway pyramid with a platform on top, which was used by all the Soviet Leaders to greet the Soviet People while on parade:

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Russian Lenin's Tomb, called

This modern look of this structure wasn't born at once. There was a special Russia-wide contest for the best design of the future "mausoleum" structure. Some of the photos of those works from the archives are here today, this is how it could look.

Russian Lenin's Tomb, called



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38 Responses to “Project “Mausoleum””

  1. Miss India says:

    OMG Lenin was such a noble man, he freed millions of people from oppression and exploitation, a true hero of humanity! :)

    • Joe says:

      Are you kidding me??!!??!?!?
      You should try SWIMMING in the oceans upon oceans upon oceans of blood he was responsible directly and idirectly for shedding!!!
      Mostly RUSSIAN (and Ukranian) blood!!!!!
      You should not honor Lenin!

      • rob says:

        Dude, seriously. Stalin was the one who caused the most bloodshed, not Lenin. You’re getting your communists mixed up.

  2. Miss India says:

    OMG Why do Russians have to create the most beautiful buildings and architecture? Russians are the most creative and beautiful people in the world! :(

  3. Bilosh says:

    All mine life – everyplace I go Lenin is already there pointing at me and stare at me with beady eye. The little beard inspire me toward the goat herd. The reason we no take down Lenin statues is who gonna point and stare at us then?

    • Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says:

      Quickly, Bilosh, grab your journal and “capture” these thoughts on paper and, more importantly, the FEELINGS they evoke! This is the real you! You are finally revealing yourself to us!

      This is wonderful! Why? Because it shows us your emotions–your real feelings about an issue and how it has affected or influenced your thoughts or behavior. It is much more interesting to us than “The goat looked this way. The goat looked the other way.”

      Now you have revealed something of your soul. Now we know what influenced you to be a goat herder. Now we know a little of the psychological background of you as a person, and now we know that the fear of the big Lenin always staring, always pointing, always making you feel as if you are about to be in a big trouble, has made you escape into the free life of a herder, wandering the wilderness, far away from Lenin, the beady-eyed pointer.

      Now, tell us more about your personal relationship with Lenin. Did he visit you in your dreams? Do you have nightmares that Lenin will order the collective farmers to confiscate your goats, leaving you lonely and without work or companionship?

      Keep writing!

      M. Ahmadinejad
      Professor Emeritus of Creative Writing
      Honorary Doctor of Psychology
      University of Tehran

      • Fan of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says:

        keep posting your comments, I just love reading them. by the way how much time do you spend typing them? Surely they will help you in your essays =)).

        Truly, I fan of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

      • Bilosh says:

        Mr President Evil Nation

        Thank a yous for journalistic influence.

        Lenin statue and poster make a me feel chosen – like a I am only person. He do not point at a yous, he always point at me. I know then I can do anything and I know I am able to achieve goat herd because Lenin stared at my soul with beady eye.

        I will continue work in journal now that yous have given persperation.

        You are a kind President Evil Nation.

        Thank a yous
        Bilosh

  4. Nick Pacific says:

    Yeah, what she said.

  5. Miss Russia says:

    >>>>At least people don’t defecate in front of Lenin’s tomb like Indians defecate in front of the Taj Mahal on a daily basis. I’ve seen it with my own eyes.

  6. Miss Russia says:

    >>>>At least people don’t defecate in front of Lenin’s tomb like Indians defecate in front of the Taj Mahal on a daily basis.

  7. Bolshoy says:

    So they created you

  8. Ian K says:

    Actually the first drawing is not a design for the mausoleum – it is for the ‘Palace of Soviets’ which was to be built on the site of St Saviours next to the Moscow River (demolished, but subsequently re-built after the fall of communism). Footings were built for this vast building, but the ground was too soggy/wet to support them – eventually the plans were shelved, and a public swimming baths was installed in its place. If I remember correctly, the statue of Lenin atop the building was to be the height of the Empire State building…..

  9. maxD says:

    They should just bury the man and stop this medieval habit of exposing the decaying mummy. The body is in very bad shape, ear fell off and some parts started rotting, even.

  10. 4estgraham says:

    “India’s Twat” or “India’s Hairy Arm Pit” would be fitting as well…I’m out.

  11. Cursed Lenin says:

    “Проклят всякий надеющийся на человека”. Библия
    :(

  12. Pacific NW says:

    Seattle is home to America’s largest Lenin Statue. People put clothing on him in the winter to keep him warm.

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  14. Steve! says:

    i liked the third one down from the top, but i guess the soviets chose the “russian hovel” style to be true to lenins ideals…

  15. Swede says:

    I like the one where they missed a n in Lenin and patched it afterwards like LEnIN. Very serious contribution.

  16. Frank says:

    You´re right again Miss India, how can you always hit the nail on the head?

  17. Russian_NYC says:

    I always thought the idea of a mausoleum was pretty cool. Sort of like ancient Egypt mummies.

  18. Johnny says:

    They should have built the Palace of the Soviets (дворец Советов)! It looks very impressive and would have been more than 400 m / 1200 ft hight!

    • too much vodka says:

      It would have certainly very impressive the moment the building would have slid into the river, because that would have happened with the swampy underground there. THat is why it was never built.

  19. Jason says:

    If the nazis never flew over Moscow and bombed it,Stallin would have built the palace of the soviets,3rd pic down.The steel that was laid out for it was used for tank traps.The building would not have worked anyway.A hollow building taller than the empire state building with a giant lenin on top.The church that has been rebuilt on the site has the original foundation of the palace.

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  22. too much vodka says:

    And where once was this public open air swimming pool, even operating in winter, is now the Church of Christ the Saviour, a copy of the church which was demolished to build the Palace of the Soviets.

  23. too much vodka says:

    Lenin hismelf didn’t ask for a mausoleum, he just wanted to be buried in St Petersburg next to his mother and sister.

  24. Hans says:

    Americans are filthy Capitalist swine!!

  25. Why India says:

    In one of the photos of the mausoleum it showed the USSR being red and also India…Why India as well?

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