When thinking of Russia I have always pictured large buildings with onion-shaped domes and bright colors. I wasn't sure of the meaning behind Russia's great architecture but imagined it simply had to do with the culture.
As it turned out, I discovered quickly while sightseeing that the onion-shaped domes were not the only unique architecture styles apparent in Russia. Stars are seen on the top of many buildings, visible from far away lengths and very noticeable to someone who has never visited Moscow before.
Much of the architecture is influenced by religion, particularly Russian Orthodox. For most of Russia's history, architecture has been vastly religious, inspiring the onion-shaped domes we see throughout the city of Moscow today. Above are a few examples of Russian Orthodox churches, the third photo taken in the Kremlin and are distinct because of the Orthodox cross visible on top of their domes.
- The photo above, taken at the Red Square in Moscow is a good example of Russian architecture and how long it has existed. The Red Square has been in existence for over eight centuries and has been a place of both glory and tragedies. Today it is one of the greatest museums in the world and an awesome sight for people of all countries to witness and experience the history of Moscow.
- Even the main campus at Moscow State University shows remarkable architectural features. Before when I pictured Moscow I figured the buildings would all look very old and run down with elaborate colorful onion-topped buildings, however after being here my expectations were somewhat off. There are elaborate onion-shaped domed buildings that are bright and colorful, but stars on top of buildings or Russian Orthodox crosses on top of buildings are extremely prevalent as well which I had never even pictured.
Above are two interesting looks on architecture featured in Moscow, and below is an interview I gave of a Russian student about the architecture seen in Moscow. I wanted to know what a true Russian thought of the architecture in his own city and was interested to know what he thought architecture was like in the U.S. He had a pretty accurate idea but I was curious as to what someone who had never visited our country would think about what our buildings look like. With our country being so new in comparison to many countries around the world we do not necessarily see such extravagant buildings and architectural features and Moscow was a great city to prove what great history they do have which can be seen in their buildings.