Friday, March 30, 2007
A historia desses predios eh simples. Stalin queria algo para celebrar 80 anos de Comunismo e resolveu fazer uma torre para cada decada. Antes de completar todas, o projeto foi abandonado e soh foram feitas 7 torres. A ultima foi feita em Cracovia (lembra do post das minas de sal?), como homenagem postuma.
Coloquei uma foto panoramica de Moscow no Flickr tambem. Veja se voce consegue achar as torres.
If you have lived in Kiev, adapting to Moscow is not that hard. It's like moving from a small city to the capital: you'll find everything you had back "home", plus a lot of new things. Despite the fact that we're talking about different countries, even the architecture is very similar (for obvious reasons). The only thing that really stands out among all that are the Seven Sisters: seven skyscrapers built during the Stalin period and that can be seen from basically any corner of the city. To me, they can be described as Empire State Buildings stuck inside a castle. The one in the picture is actually one of the smallest, but you can see how imposing it is. Each of them had a purpose: housing, hotel, university, etc. I love them all, especially at night (there's a picture on Flickr).
The history behind those towers is quite simple. Stalin wanted to celebrate 80 years of Comunism and decided to build one tower for each decade. The project was terminated before all towers were ready. That's why there are only 7 of them. The last one was build in Krakow, as a posthumous homage.
I also put a panoramic shot of Moscow on Flickr. Try to find all 7 of them.