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The legacy of the Soviet Union
Trace Moscow’s Soviet past along Lenin���s footsteps.
By Lonely Planet Magazine
24 November 2011
View image of Twenty years after the fall of the Soviet Union, its epic history lives on in the buildings and monuments of Moscow, inspiring both awe and nostalgia. The Moscow metro was commissioned by Stalin to be incredibly ornate, as is seen here at the Maryina Roscha station. (Pete Seaward) (Credit: Pete Seaward)
View image of Stalinâs legacy is preserved in more than just the metro system. He also commissioned the Seven Sisters -- seven skyscrapers that surround the city in a loose ring. Two of the Seven Sisters are hotels, including the Leningradskava, pictured here. (Pete Seaward) (Credit: Pete Seaward)
View image of The GUM, a thriving shopping mall opposite the Kremlin, was once the countryâs flagship store. Many of the stores in the mall today show their nostalgia by creating displays with various Soviet items. The first floor is also home to a Soviet-era canteen. (Pete Seaward) (Credit: Pete Seaward)
View image of Stacks of tinned condensed milk and Soviet drink-dispensers can be found throughout the GUM. (Pete Seaward) (Credit: Pete Seaward)
View image of This now-disused communications bunker, located 60m below the streets of Moscow, is a constant reminder of the fear of nuclear war. It was accessible only by a reinforced life shaft concealed within the false front of a building, and workers could have survived for three months in the event of a nuclear attack. Since 2007, Bunker 42 has been a museum. (Pete Seaward) (Credit: Pete Seaward)
View image of Across the Moscow River from the Kremlin stands the House on the Embankment, which is a complex of more than 500 apartments built to house the senior members of the Communist Party. It was an experiment in communal living: an urban village with its own shops and clubs and kindergarten. However, 240 inhabitants were shot and more were arrested in Stalinâs purges. Today, one of the rooms is a museum. (Pete Seaward) (Credit: Pete Seaward)
View image of The All-Russia Exhibition Centre is a Stalin-era park that commemorates creative and technological advancements made by 15 constituent republics of the USSR. A statue of Lenin stands in front of the Centre Pavilion. (Pete Seaward) (Credit: Pete Seaward)
View image of A full size rocket -- the kind that shot Soviet cosmonauts into space -- is on display in the All-Russia Exhibition Centre. (Pete Seaward) (Credit: Pete Seaward)
View image of The Monument to the Conquerors of Space was created in 1964, during the Cold War. Along with others, it is a monument to the legacy of the USSR.