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The Seven Sisters Project

Posted on July 10, 2009 by


Skyscrapers of Moscow

„Seven sister project” in Moscow is one of most ambitious projects in mid-20th century. Between 1947 and 1953 on the orders of Jozef Stalin they built seven similar skyscrapers that were meant to be rivals to USA’s skyscrapers.

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Skyscrapers of Moscow

Nowadays these buildings host Hotel Ukraina (198 meters, Europe’s tallest hotel), Kotelnicheskaya Embankment Apartments (176 meters), The Kudrinskaya Square Building (160 meters), The Leningradskaya Hotel (136 meters), The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (172 meters), Moscow State University (240 meters, Tallest educational building in Europe) and The Red Gates Administrative Building (133 meters).

Skyscrapers of Moscow


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40 Responses to “The Seven Sisters Project”

  1. ___ says:

    Now I know where Orwell got his idea for the ministry buildings in Nine-teen Eighty-Four.

    • kastanedowski says:

      The information about POLAND is wrong, no one call it in that way.

      I have lived in Poland quite long time and I no one heard about calling the building that way….

      Is like saying that the Liberty Statue is basically a guy dress like a girl, that story is well known also in INTERNET.

      • MMM says:

        You are wrong. Polish people (especially from Warsaw) really call PKiN exactly in that way. I have heard also Zemsta Stalina.

  2. ll Uncool J says:

    Yo! Them buildings real nice and all but dont you all have more than one archemetect? It be like the projects were I grew up – every building the SAME!!!

  3. Elwisz Czosnek says:

    Poland never was in Soviet Union.

  4. pimp says:

    Drunk Russians have no taste.

    • Vektor says:

      Ofcourse, and we also copy your way of walking on two legs, your way of reading and writing with a pen, your way of eating with a cuttlery and plates, your way of breathing through nose, your way way of solving 2 + 2, your way of brushing teeth, your way of living dressed up, your way of making babies, etc etc etc.

      • Anon says:

        Once NASA researched about a pen that astronauts could use in every condition, vacuum, upside-down, something really reliable.

        Russian astronauts used pencils (a simple and effective solution, no need expend thous of bucks for nothing).

        That’s why I love the Russian Way to solve problems.

        (No need to talk about Sputnik, the FIRST artificial satellite in the world, launched by “drunks” as pimp says…)

        • scot says:

          In fact, the pencils were a bad idea as the shavings and graphite fell about and were likely to get stuck in pieces of equipment – like the air system. So it may have been cheap – but not so smart.

          That’s why the yanks designed the pen – and because they could afford to.

          The whole space race thing isn’t relevant to skyscapers.

        • Joe says:

          …..Except the Pencil must be sharpened, sending shards of graphite and wooden shavings floating around the cabin of the spacecraft…not sure how much of a problem that was with the crews of Soyuz and Salyut & MIR..
          Also, America COULD have been first in space had we known at the time there was a competition ;)

  5. SSSR says:

    As always America leads the way for the copycats!
    Stalin hated America but copied buildings in New York!
    Remove the wings from Moscow University and add about 50 floors to it and it would be the Empire State Building!

    • Vektor says:

      Ofcourse, and we also copy your way of walking on two legs, your way of reading and writing with a pen, your way of eating with a cuttlery and plates, your way of breathing through nose, your way way of solving 2 + 2, your way of brushing teeth, your way of living dressed up, your way of making babies, etc etc etc…

    • asd says:

      Remove the wings from Moscow University and add about 50 floors to it and it would be the Empire State Building!
      Lol, this shows you’ve never seen MSU MB (main building, that’s how it’s commonly called amongst the students) or Empire State Building (or both). In fact, they have almost nothing in common. Even amongst the Seven Sisters, MB stands out considerably, not to mention something as unrelated as ESB.

  6. Kilroy Was Here says:

    Beautiful buildings I would love to see some photos that show he interior of them.

  7. Dani says:

    what about the house of the people from Romania build by Ceausescu the 2th world big building in the world after pentagon (us.)”According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Palace is the world’s largest civilian administrative building (The Pentagon is the largest overall), most expensive administrative building, and heaviest building.”

    chech this :

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casa_Poporului#Description

  8. acidwash says:

    GOGOL BORDELLO!

  9. BOBAH says:

    Nicely said, Kirov, brother

  10. Cris says:

    We have a similar building in Bucharest. Casa Presei Libere (The House of the Free Press) is a building in northern Bucharest, Romania, the tallest in the city between 1956 and 2007.

  11. FB says:

    Though I’m sure the Soviet planners meant to invoke the Hesperides, to American ears it probably would have evoked the Seven Sisters oil companies–the companies that came out of the break up of Standard Oil in 1911 plus four other majors–Esso (later Exxon), Socony (later Mobil), Socal (later Chevron), Gulf Oil, Texaco, APOC (later BP), and Royal Dutch Shell. Thought you would enjoy the irony.

  12. UK traveller says:

    Very nice pictures. They have good resembles with some buildings here in London. I would dearly want to see them from inside.

  13. Laurente says:

    Very impressive buildings but it should be also mentioned that some US cities have them too of similar kind, eg. Philadelpia or Cleveland:

    http://www.griffith.ws/InFlightPhotos/cleveland.jpg

  14. kastanedowski says:

    MISTAKE IN THE INFORMATION ABOUT POLAND

    NONE CALLED THE “PALAC OF CULTURE” IN THAT WAY.

    Pitty because normally I like the site but not the lies.

    .

  15. Jurek Killer says:

    “Mają rozmach skurwiesyny!” :)

  16. xxxxxx says:

    Poland was never in the Soviet Union.
    Territories which were Poland’s land before WW2 were in the Soviet Union, they are now known (unfortunately) as Ukraine and Belarus.
    But to say that Poland was in the Soviet Union is a historical error. Please correct it.

  17. zipp says:

    The architect was influenced by the Liver Building in Liverpool – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Royal_Liver_Building.jpg

  18. FührerBunker.AT says:

    F. Bunker here.

  19. michu says:

    the romanian one is too small to compare …

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