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The Architectural Styles of The City

Architectural diversity is what makes Moscow a great place for travel! Perhaps, that’s one of the reasons why Moscow was named the Europe’s Leading Heritage Destination in 2020 by World Travel Awards. Let’s discover the architectural styles of the city!

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Red Square

Neo-Russian Architecture

Also known as Faux Russian. This style, rooted in historicism, was widespread right before the emergence of modernism. It gained currency in Russian architecture in the late 19th to early 20th centuries as interest in national architecture underwent a revival. The Neo-Russian style drew its inspiration from Russian traditional architecture and folk motifs. The idiom of the ornate, fairy-tale terem houses is a signature of Neo-Russian architecture.

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National History Museum

Brick Architecture

Brick architecture was a hallmark of the Russian Empire's industrialization in the 19th century. You can tell these buildings by the use of red brickwork in the finishing rather than stucco or plasterwork. Moscow has many well-known factories and other industrial facilities built in this style that have recently been transformed into contemporary art spaces.

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Red October

Modernism

Modernism embraces everything that was new and modern at the beginning of the 1900s. Fine linearity, fused with the latest technology of the late 19th century through to the 1910s yielded complex, delicate structures with undulating ornaments, heavy on floral themes. It is believed that modernist architecture had its heyday in the 1910s, however, it continued to evolve. Transformed almost out of recognition, modernism remained in existence practically up to the mid-20th century.

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Metropol Hotel

Constructivism

This style is all about the functionality of the structure. A rectilinear geometric form was to aid in the reinvention of architecture with the aim of making buildings functional and free from the irrelevant architectural excesses of the traditional styles.

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Mosselprom House

Stalinist Architecture

This was a foremost architectural trend in the Soviet Union from the 1920s through the 1950s. Stalin's Empire left us expansive, grandiose structures of an austere classical form, featuring neo-Gothic, imperial, and classical elements and a great profusion of moulded decorations and columns, staggering in scale and extravagance.

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Stalin's High-Rises

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