Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad

Trip Start Mar 13, 2007
Trip End Aug 10, 2007

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Flag of Russia  , North-West Russia,
Sunday, April 22, 2007

When traveling out from Saint Petersburg by various modes of transport, it's interesting to view the concentric rings of residential architecture. First is the old pre-revolution center of the city with elegant but in some cases somewhat worn older buildings; just beyond is a narrow ring of rather threatening looking totalitarian megalomania of the Stalinist era; and then a very wide ring of massive cookie-cutter highrise housing estates of the later Soviet years.  Interspersed among these are some shiny new buildings and huge construction sites of modern Russia.  They still like to do things big here.

The Memorial to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad is located in these southern suburbs in an area that Stalin intended to replace the old Tsarist city as the new center of Leningrad.  It's now a fun place to wander through to enjoy all the charming "Stalinist Classic" style buildings and remaining Lenin statues.  Also in the neighborhood is the pretty little pink Cesme Church, built at exact spot Catherine the Great heard of Russia's victory in the Battle of Cesme.
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