Stars of the First Soviet Skyscrapers


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.


The main building of the Moscow State University, height – 240 meters.


Radisson Royal Hotel (formerly the hotel “Ukraine”). Height — 206 meters.


Residential building on Kotelnicheskaya embankment. Height – 176 meters.


The building of the Foreign Ministry on Smolensk-Sennaya Square. Height – 172 meters.


Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya Hotel. Height — 136 meters.


Administrative and residential building on the Square of Red Gates. Height – 138 meters.


Residential building on Kudrinskaya Square, height – 156 meters.

2 thoughts on “Stars of the First Soviet Skyscrapers”

  1. Maybe a drone was used for taking the pics. Magnificent structures! I was intrigued by all the radio antenna on the Foreign Ministry building. There would be superb radio reception being that high. It would be very interesting to see the radio communication room in such a building, but of course that would be very secret. Think of all the information from around the world arriving at those Foreign Ministry antenna.


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