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The Holy PlaceArchitecture, Ideology, and History in Russia$
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Konstantin Akinsha, Grigorij Kozlov, and Sylvia Hochfield

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780300110272

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300110272.001.0001

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The Tower of Babel

The Tower of Babel

(p.109) Part Four The Tower of Babel (p.110)
The Holy Place

Konstantin Akinsha

Grigorij Kozlov

Sylvia Hochfield

Yale University Press

This chapter first narrates the period that include the commission of a design of a monument to the Third International to Vladimir Tatlin. The chapter also notes the commemoration of the death of Lenin in 1924 and the competition thereafter that led to the construction of a monument befitting a person of his stature, and how the design of one Viktor Balikhin incorporated the demolishing of entire city blocks as well at the immense cathedral. During this time, however, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior was abandoned. By 1931, when the Five Year Plan ended, gigantic project were realized and a symbol of the growing might and triumph of Communism started to be constructed. The cathedral came into the discussion, and objections were raised. Ultimately, however, the cathedral was demolished along with various other buildings. Thus, the chapter recounts the discussions that led to its destruction, and the construction of the structure that then took its place.

Keywords:   Third International, death of Lenin, Vladimir Tatlin, Viktor Balikhin, Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Five Year Plan, triumph of Communism

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