The Seven Sisters are scattered across Moscow. I can see the towers of four of them from our balcony, in different directions.
The style of architecture is a sort of ornate Stalinesque, covered-with-statues, Baroquey, pseudo-Gothic - often succinctly referred to as 'wedding cake'. I quite like the buildings, they complement the character of Moscow rather well. New York style skyscrapers would have looked completely out of place, as do the glass towers currently under construction at Moscow City.
The Seven Sisters were solidly engineered. So much concrete and steel was used that they could never have been as tall as New York's buildings.
This didn't stop the Moscow University tower, which I consider the most attractive, from being the tallest building in Europe from when it was completed in 1953 until 1990.
|The Moscow University tower, for many years the tallest building in Europe|
The Seven Sisters have provided the design inspiration for several more recent tower constructions, such as the Pekin Hotel near Mayakovskaya (close to where I live) and a new apartment tower at Sokol. It can be difficult for the passing tourist to work out what isn't an original Seven Sister.
|Moscow University tower|
|Moscow University tower entrance|
|Inspiration for female students is provided near the building's entrance...|
|...and for the guys (he's actually got last week's 'footy record' hidden in that book)|