„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.
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).
Kotelnicheskaya Embankment Apartments
The Kudrinskaya Square Building
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Moscow State University
The Red Gates Administrative Building
In 2001 the construction of Triumph palace (also known as „the Eight sister”) started – it is 57 story building with approximately 1000 apartments. It was completed in 2003 and for 4 years it was known as Europe’s tallest building (264,1 meters).
The Triumph palace
Similar buildings to the original „Seven sisters” project can be found in some ex-Soviet Union countries.
Most well known is Palace of Culture and Science (237 meters) in Warsaw, Poland. It is tallest building in Poland and 8th tallest in Europe. Locals call this building „Pekin” (Bejing in Polish, because of its abbreviated name Pałac Kultury i Nauki – PKiN), „Pajac” („Clown” in Polish, because word sounds similar to „Pałac”), Stalin’s syringe” and „Russian Wedding cake”.
Palace of Culture and Science
Latvian Academy of Science
Another attempt to make Stalinist style building was in Kiev (the Ukraine) – Hotel Ukraina.
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