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Seven Sisters

Seven Sisters (various points – central Moscow) – this is a group of seven skyscrapers that were built from 1947 to 1953 in the Stalinist style (a combination of Russian Baroque and Gothic styles. Those building are: Hotel Ukraina (now known as the Radisson Royal Hotel), Kotelnicheskaya Embankment Apartments, the Kudrinskaya Square Building, the Hotel Leningradskaya, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the main building of Moscow State University, and the Red Gates Administrative Building. Such buildings were built by Stalin as a symbol of Soviet power during the early days of the Cold War (late 1940s – 1950s). These monumental skyscrapers surround the centre of the city like a fortress wall, and themselves resemble fortresses. All follow a similar style: a dominating central tower that narrows in stages to the top, flanked in a more or less strict order by wings.