20 August All Russia Exhibition Centre area walk

The VVC is a great tourist attraction dating back to 1935. A permanent trade show and amusement park in Moscow, originally named «Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy»,  understandably abbreviated to VDNKh or VDNH. Also known as the All-Russia Exhibition Centre, one can draw a parallel between Victorian England’s ‘Great Exposition. It glorified the Soviet Union in the same way Britain demonstrated its industrial might and the strength of its Empire; and other nations used the World’s Fairs.

The VVC was designed from the outset to impress foreigners and Soviet citizens alike, although for subtly different reasons.

Soviet citizens needed to be positive that the Soviet Union was the mightiest nation in the world. Foreigners needed to be overwhelmed by the astonishing colossus that was the Soviet Union. The same visitors would return to their home countries reinvigorated; to carry on their struggle for communism…

We, on the other hand, can enjoy the architecture and well laid out paths, as we walk between the great Pavilions.

We will see beautiful golden statues surround the “Fountain of Peoples Friendship”; each represents a Soviet Republic;  the statue  «Worker and Kolkhoz Woman»  featuring the gigantic figures of a man and woman holding together the famous «hammer and sickle». The sculpture, reaching 25 meters high, was created by Vera Mukhina; it is also recognizable as the Mosfilm logo, Russia’s largest movie studio and many other exciting things located in the VVC area.

Cost: 2500 rub per person