Even though Saint-Petersburg is mostly known for the 19th century architecture in the central districts, I personally like Moskovsky district because it has a rare – for this city – soviet look. There are a lot of “Moscow” terms here so I will follow the line and say that Moskovsky prospect will lead you from downtown to Moskovsky district and Moskovskaya square on the south of it which is the 1930s Stalin’s neoclassical architecture hotspot.
Surrounded by the grey severe-looking buildings and crowned by the huge statue of Lenin (16 meters tall, together with pedestal) it was originally intended to hold parades and host the government administration in the House of Soviets overlooking it. The fact that makes me smile is that despite the sculptor’s idea to express strong will and single-mindedness of the leader, the masses call Lenin here “a dancer of good cheer”. Once I heard it I couldn’t help imagining the entire dance!
Nowadays Moskovskaya square is still the biggest in the city but naturally serves for more relaxing purposes like observing the music fountain and skating youngsters in the summertime. An all-season experience is to have a long walk around the square, come close to the House of Soviets and feel unbelievably small compared to the concrete structure.
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