Believe it or not, but Moscow 50 years ago looked like a big village

Believe it or not, but Moscow 50 years ago looked like a big village

When you look at Moscow’s wide boulders and skyscrapers, you can hardly imagine that there was nothing urban here. Neither road, nor residential blocks, nor even “Starbucks” or “McDonald’s”!

Today’s image of Moscow owes primarily to Joseph Stalin, who has adopted the city’s expansion plan to better illustrate the Soviet state’s power. That was later accepted by other Soviet leaders.

Here’s one example: Troparjovo-Nikulino region in southeastern part of Moscow can be reached by metro for 20 minutes from the center, and this is not the last station on this line. And just 50 years ago there were two villages – Troparevo and Nikulino. Today this region, on the one hand, is bordered by the magnificent Leninsky Prospect.

“My parents bought an apartment in a new building near “Yugo-zapadnaya” metro station in 1969 year. It was strange that there was nothing on the subway, our street was actually just a few concrete slabs,” recalled Moscow citizen, Sergei. “On the other side of the street there was literally nothing but trees, and next to my school was the field and behind it was the village. Many children from the village attended our school that was specially built for the new region.”

The famous “khrushchovka” (concrete dwelling buildings) that are now ruining only started to be built in the late 1950’s in the village of “Cheremushki” in the Moscow region. Many regions today near Moscow center were full of wooden houses and resembled the village until the 1960’s. Wooden houses and barracks existed near the center until the 1960’s.

Today Moscow metro has 206 stations. It only accelerated the pace of the city’s expansion. On the main metro stations millions of passengers cross the line on a daily basis and only fifty years ago these stations were built. The photo shows the construction of the “Vyhino” metro station in 1965 year.

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