By Jennifer Fell
Defining the post-war skylinePoor old Stalin. After the defeat of the Nazis in 1945, legend has it he was convinced that everyone in the world would now want to visit Moscow. But Uncle Joe had a little problem. Disregarding the city’s dearth of cheap hotels and non-Cyrillic signage, the great leader had a rather Freudian complex about his capital’s lack of tall buildings. “What if they come to Moscow and don’t see any skyscrapers?” he is reported to have complained.
The Moscow State University
Hotel Leningradskaya and Hotel Ukraina
Homes for the Soviet elite
The new Vysoti
The coming years will see intense development of the Moscow skyline in particular as the various towers of the 'Moscow City' international business centre near completion. Plagued by delays and financing droughts, this huge 12 billion dollar project will boast, when completed, Europe’s tallest building the Russia Tower (612.2m), Mercury City (532m) and the Federation Tower (506m) as well as the city's largest shopping centre Afimall. There’s also the planned City Palace Tower designed by London architects RMJM, which will is intended to be a dedicated Wedding Palace (Registry Office) venue. www.moscow-city.ru www.skyscraperpage.com
Admiring the Seven Sisters
Moscow State University (MGU) - metro station Vorobyevy Gory
Hotel Leningradskaya - Ul. Kalanchevskaya 21/40, metro station Krasnye Vorota/Komsomolskaya, tel. (+7) 495 627 55 50, www.moscow.hilton.com
Hotel Ukraina - Kutuzovsky pr. 2/1, bldg. 1, metro station Kievskaya, tel. (+7) 495 221 55 55, www.radisson-hotels.ru/royal-moscow
Kotelinichseskaya - Kotelinichseskaya nab. 1, metro station Kitay Gorod
Kudrinskaya - Kudrinskaya pl., metro station Barrikadnaya
Look out for the impressive Russian canteen in the ground floor where you can eat cheap Russian food whilst admiring the Soviet murals and grand chandeliers.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Smolenskaya-Sennaya pl., metro station Smolenskaya
Krasniye Vorota - Lermontovskaya pl., metro station Krasniye Vorota