Tag: Moscow

Last, But Not Least

For my final blog post, I had decided to write about my trip to Moscow in March. Let me state that this trip was supposed to be a learning experience, not a vacation and it held true to that statement. I had known absolutely nothing about Russia previously other than what I had learned from […]

Khrushchev: Stuck in the Past

Nikita Khrushchev was a very “forceful”, as James von Geldern would put it, critic of the arts. He was quite threatened by any new or unfamiliar styles of art, and would immediately present those thoughts to the artist, egged on by his colleagues. With the vast new styles of modern art and music developing in […]

Stalin’s Ambitious Plans to Rebuild Moscow

In 1935, Joseph Stalin alongside Lazar Kaganovich, a close associate of Stalin’s, signed the “Master Plan for the Reconstruction of the City of Moscow”. At the time, Moscow was an older city with narrow streets and buildings that dated back to the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Stalin wanted to modernize Moscow and make it one … Continue reading “Stalin’s Ambitious Plans to Rebuild Moscow”

A Palace for a King (or Stalin)

The 1930s in the Soviet Union was a decade marked by political and military upheaval and a continuation of the modernization of the country, dominated by the growing cult of personality surrounding Joseph Stalin. A man never meant for power, Stalin ruthlessly consolidated his control over their country and went about reforming it his way with […]

Meaning behind Saint Basil’s Cathedral

This photo is the original architecture of Saint basil’s cathedral. It is a church located in Red Square in Moscow, Russia.  It was built from 1555–61 on orders from Ivan the Terrible. It was the city’s tallest building until the completion of the Ivan the Great Bell Tower in 1600.  History: St. Basil’s was built to commemorate […]

The Kremlin

The Kremlin The famous Moscow Kremlin is easily one of the most recognizable symbols of the Russian federation.  The Kremlin has been used as a the political center of the country since the Tsars of Russia made it their home.  The area where the Kremlin stands today and its surrounding areas have been inhabited continuously since […]