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The Holy Place: Architecture, Ideology, and History in Russia

Konstantin Akinsha, Grigorij Kozlov, and Sylvia Hochfield


This book surveys two centuries of Russian history through a succession of ambitious architectural projects designed for a single construction site in central Moscow. Czars, Bolshevik rulers, and contemporary Russian leaders alike have dreamed of glorious monuments to themselves and their ideologies on this site. The history of their efforts reflects the story of the nation itself and its repeated attempts to construct or reconstruct its identity and to repudiate or resuscitate emblems of the past. In the nineteenth century, Czar Alexander I began to construct the largest cathedral (and the la ... More

Keywords: Russia, architecture, Alexander I, Nicolas I, Alexander III, Stalin, Palace of Soviets, Khrushchev, Yeltsin, ideology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780300110272
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300110272.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Konstantin Akinsha, author

Grigorij Kozlov, author

Sylvia Hochfield, author