Stalin’s Summer Residence
Just five kilometres outside of Sochi you will find one of 18 summer houses once belonging to the former Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. This was said to be one of his favourite summer retreats. His preference to the area made Sochi a preeminent vacation spot for Russia’s elite, and it still is.
Today, nobody resides within the Summer Residence’s walls but the building is open for the public, giving visitors a chance to see how Stalin would live during the summers.
The Green Building
One thing that really sets Stalin’s Summer Residence apart from other houses in the area is that the whole building is painted green. Surrounded by leaf bearing trees, palms and cedars it is almost impossible to spot from a distance, which was also why the colour was chosen. Stalin was ever fearful of assassination.
The building is set on top of a green hill, and in addition to painting the building in a camouflaging colour, he also had snipers on watch. It is said that even a fountain was removed from the premises as the sound would cover approaching enemies.
Inside the Stalin Summer Residence things have remained as they were when he used to visit. Dark interiors, heavy curtains and dark redwood furniture, together with some of Stalin’s personal belongings are all available for viewing by the public. The style is quite simplistic, with no pictures or elaborate details. Instead precious wood together with strict lines and shades make the beauty of the building.
One of the most atmospheric rooms in the house is probably the former study. Here a realistic wax figure of Joseph Stalin sits behind the desk. On it you can still see the phone he used, as well as a desk set the leader received as a gift from Mao Zedong. The room also has a photo stand which shows pictures of his daughter and important historical moments.
Visit the Green Grove
With accommodation at Radisson Blu Paradise Resort & Spa Sochi
, guests will be less than an hour drive from Stalin’s famous summer house, surrounded by green groves. Drive north-east up the coast and into the Khostinsky District. It is also possible to combine a visit here with other attractions, such as the Sochi Discovery World Aquarium
. This is known as the largest of its kind in Russia and one of the biggest in Northern Europe.
As a visit to the famous building can leave quite the impression on its guests making it well worth a visit when in Sochi.