The so-called "Seven Sisters" are seven buildings which became the first Soviet skyscrapers in the time of Stalin. For a long period of time they remained the highest buildings in Europe. Initially they planned to build eight of them, they even made a stylobate in Zaryadye, but finally they constructed the "Rossiya" hotel on it. Today, there are seven "skyscrapers of Stalin": Moscow State
University on the Vorobyovy Hills, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, two residential ones, and two hotels - "Ukraine" (Radisson Royal) and "Leningrad" (Hilton Leningradskaya). Stars are only on six of them because the spire of the building accommodating the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was too fragile to hold a star. They are all different and made from different materials.
You are going to see what remains of two battalions of anti-ship onshore missile complex "Utes" - large and almost unique objects of military history, built in the 1950s. We say "almost" because a similar complex was made on the Black Sea and
it fortunately is functioning up to today. Here in the north, its days are over. Below are the photos of the battalions' territories: underground launch systems, command post, diesel power station and missile remains.
Bells have not rung here for twenty eight years. Teachers and pupils do not come anymore, exercise books remain unchecked, the latest records in the class books are dated April 26, 1986. Despite the explosion of a reactor at the Chernobyl NPP, Saturday morning of April 26 was the same as all the previous
mornings. However, teachers gave iodine to the pupils and closed all the windows tight. Some schools cancelled classes and let pupils go home, and on the following day at 4 p.m. Pripyat became empty. Forever. One of Pripyat schools, school №2, is shown right here, in this post.