Relics from Soviet Russia in Moscow

Like locations for a sci-fi tale that never existed, or as if they were part of the set of an epic movie about to be dismantled, some of the remains from the era of the Soviets are as fascinating as the stories that surround them.

As time passes, both the dreams and the nightmares that were lived by the people who made them, start to fade away in the collective memory. This is how old monsters from the past get a gloss of strange beauty, leaving more room to be seen out of context, just like strange artifacts with which your imagination can run rampant:

Gorky Park Spacecraft
A spacecraft in Gorky Park. One of the most popular spots in Moscow hosts a special exhibit: a prototype of the Buran, the soviet answer to NASA's Space Shuttle program.


Graveyard of Fallen Monuments
Not much far from the Buran you can also find the descriptive Graveyard of Fallen Monuments.
Image by Garrett Ziegler


All-Russia Exhibition Centre
But in Moscow there's no place like the All-Russia Exhibition Centre (ВДНХ - VDNKh), to see the rise and fall of communist aesthetics. It was like a world's fair, but obviously devoted only to the achievements from the countries and territories that by the time were in the orbit of the USSR.


Communist Park Moscow
This was the facade of the Pavilion of Ukraine, with an almost art-nouveau look.


Soviet Park Moscow
Don't expect to be amazed inside these impressive buildings. The large spaces and high ceilings have been taken and chopped into little cheap shops.


Vostok rocket
The star of the park is the hanging Vostok rocket, a design which inspired the popular Soyuz spacecraft.


Rocket Park Moscow


Monument to the Conquerors of Space
The titanium Monument to the Conquerors of Space is a landmark over the brilliant Museum of Cosmonautics, reopened in 2009.


Museum of Cosmonautics Moscow
First Soviet spacesuit: I wouldn't even wear this to go collect honey from a beehive!


Monumental Soviet Statues
Like the lion of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, this monumental soviet statue, the Kolkhoznitsa, was used as logo for the oldest film studio in Russia, Mosfilm. It used to come out just before watching movies of Andrei Tarkovsky.


Novodevichy Cemetery
Another shocking place is the Novodevichy Cemetery, that holds the tombs of Russian VIPs. They are organized by topic, depending on the cause of the glory of the deceased. This militar was buried with a set of missiles...


Soviet Cemetery
Who needs crosses? This engineer has got instead a tank!
Image by Dennis Jarvis


Cemetery Moscow
General Govorov is going to enjoy for eternity what seems a submarine launching nukes.
Image by Carlfbagge


War Museum Moscow
Inside the War Museum this oval hall has the Imperial look of the roman Pantheon.
Image by Eser Karadağ


Seven Sisters Moscow
The Seven Sisters are skyscrapers Stalinist style, built from 1947 to 1953.
Image by Expectmohr


CCCP Metro
What about the famous Moscow metro?


Novoslobodskaya
Novoslobodskaya is a station decorated with stained glass like a Neo-Gothic cathedral.
Image by Andrew Griffith


Soviet Train
Some room for the small details: this super-cute hand-painted sign belongs to a long distance train, built like 50 years ago and still in service.


Soviet Ice cream
The mummy of Lenin in Red Square is of course the most important soviet relic of Moscow. But before you go to queue, why not to get into your nearest supermarket to enjoy an Ice Cream CCCP style?





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