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I continue with the pictures taken (almost) exactly one year ago. Here the view of the Lenin monument in the impressive Moscow Square. I saw this square only from the bus. For me to see Lenin monuments seen standing proudly is always fun. The local guide told us the story that when they unveiled the monument the crowd that gathered there saw Lenin with the two caps - on in hand and another one on the head. But I couldn't find this anecdote in Google.

This major St. Petersburg square, renowned for its fountains, could have been even more magnificent, if, in accordance with plans from 1938-1939, the center of the city had been moved here. Had the Second World War not intervened, a vast space for demonstrations and parades was to be built here and surrounded by monumental buildings in the Stalinist style. Now only the House of Soviets stands to eloquently capture the hubristic designs and real achievements of the great dictator's regime.
Between 1936 and1941 the first of the planned buildings, the House of Soviets, was constructed. It was to accommodate the Soviet of People's Deputies, at the time the main legislative body of the city. It is the largest office building in St. Petersburg and one of the largest in Russia. Its main facade is 220 meters long and 50 meters high. The height of the emblem of the RSFSR on the roof of the building is 11 meters.

In the 1950s, "Stalinka" apartment buildings in the same totalitarian neoclassical style were built around the square. In 1970, a life-size bronze monument of Vladimir Lenin on a granite pedestal was placed in the center of the square, and in 2006, a series of eleven musical fountains were unveiled in front of the monument.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12441 W: 133 N: 31984] (147733)
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