Russia’s Most Astonishing Architecture

Published August 19, 2012
Updated November 14, 2018

Sutyagin House

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Source: MCarlock, http://mcarlock.net/od/misc/trilstuf/image004.jpg

Former gangster Nikolai Sutyagin called this “wooden skyscraper” home before it was destroyed earlier this year. The family home was 13 stories high and was built over 15 years. It was dubbed a fire hazard in 2008 and condemned to demolition in 2009.

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Komsomolskaya

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Source: Urban Rail, http://www.urbanrail.net/eu/ru/mos/img/Line-5/M5-Komsomolskaya-09.jpg

One of the many stunning subway stations in Moscow, Komsomolskaya station’s interior boasts Baroque décor while the exterior reflects the late Stalinist style of the 1940s. Devoid of the streamlined and drab interior of most stations, Komsomolskaya is a visual delight adorned with torches and chandeliers, vaulted ceilings and octagonal columns.

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St Basil’s Cathedral

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Commissioned by Ivan the Terrible in honor of his successful military campaign against the Mongols in 1552, St Basil’s Cathedral was built between 1555 and 1561. Postnik Yakolev designed stunning and colorful cathedral, which comprises nine individual chapels. The domed exterior was designed to resemble a bonfire flame rising into the sky.

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Source: The Adventure Post, http://www.theadventurepost.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/121011_PicThis_StBasils_Russia.jpg

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Savannah Cox
Savannah Cox holds a Master's in International Affairs from The New School as well as a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and now serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of Sheffield. Her work as a writer has also appeared on DNAinfo.
John Kuroski
John Kuroski is the editorial director of All That's Interesting. He graduated from New York University with a degree in history, earning a place in the Phi Alpha Theta honor society for history students. An editor at All That's Interesting since 2015, his areas of interest include modern history and true crime.