Sunday, 7 April 2013

Roof of a friend's home, Moscow

One of the Seven Sisters- Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
This is the 2nd rooftop I have been to in Moscow. This time, it is a residential building too, where my friend lives. The building is around 10 floors high. The way to the rooftop was pretty much the same with the last one I went, except we entered the building with a code and the roof of this one is flat, not pointed.

My friend lives fairly centre of the city. One can see the Seven Sisters from this roof. The building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs can be seen quite closely, which is 27 floors high, located at Smolenskaya-Sennaya Square in Arbat. The Seven Sisters are a group of skyscrapers in Moscow. Russian name is Сталинские высотки(Stalin's high-rises). The buildings were built from 1947-1953 in Stalinist style, surrounding the centre of the city.

The remained six are: Hotel Ukraina, Kotelnicheskaya Embankment Apartments, the Kudrinskaya Square Building, the Hotel Leningradskaya, the main building of the Moscow State University, and the Red Gates Administrative Building. A large amount of money was spent on this group of architecture, aiming at showing the victory and prosperity of Soviet era. However, Stalin's death put an end to the construction of "Stalin's high-rises". The Eighth Sister is never brought to reality. 

Now I realized that rooftop is not only a place for relax and excitement, but also a good place to learn historical and geographical facts of the city.

The building on the left in pale pink is also one of the Seven Sisters- Kotelnicheskaya Embankment apartments.

My friends' tent on the roof.

Me in Budenovka,russian army hat in 20s, which is given by a Russian friend as a gift.