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Vilnius in 1975

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

Vilnius, capital of the Lithuania, in 1975 during the Soviet Era: at that time population was 433 000. “Gedimino prospektas” is the main avenue of the city (prospektas → avenue) named after the Grand Duke of Lithuania, Gediminas aka Hedzimin (1275 – 1341). The old town centre of Vilnius, that includes several Baroque buildings, is an UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. (photo: © 1975 Novosti news agency, Moscow – personal collection) Gedimino …

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Old town centre of Riga in 1975

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

Riga, former Hanseatic League member and capital of the Latvia, in a 1975 picture throughout soviet era. Back then popolation was 796 000 (source: Novosti agency) but the result of 2011 census was 669 203; even so Riga is still the largest city of the Baltic states. In this picture one can see the Brīvības bulvāris, that is “Freedom boulevard”, with the 42-metre (138 ft) tall …

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Cinema “Tajikistan” in Dushambe, 1975

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

Young girls in Dushambe in 1975, in front of  the soviet-era building  of the cinema “Tajikistan”, not far from Sadat market. Dushambe is the capital and largest city of Tajikistan; at that time its population was 436 000. (photo: © 1975 Novosti news agency, Moscow – personal collection)

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Old Town of Tallinn, 1975

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

The “old town” (historic centre) of Tallin, capital of Estonia, in a 1975 picture. At that time the population of the city was 399 000 and the country was part of the Soviet Union. Seen from the small park behind the St. Nicholas’ Church (Niguliste Kirik), you can see the crossing between the streets called Niguliste, Harju, Kuninge and Kulassepa (Street View). On the background stands out the …

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Tbilisi, 1975

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

Tbilisi, capital of Georgia, in a 1975 picture. A young woman poses on the panoramic plaza in front of the Church of Assumption (end of XIII century), in the historic neighborhood of Metekhi located on the elevated cliff that overlooks the Kura river. Behind her you see the equestrian statue ok king Vakhtang I “Gorgasali” (wolf head), who is considered to have been the founder of the city in 5th century. On the …

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Triumphal Arch of Chișinău in 1975

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

Chișinău, capital of Moldova, when the country was part of the Soviet Union. At that time the population of the city was 452 000 (source: Novosti). In this 1975 picture one can see the Triumphal Arc (Arcul de Triunf), built in 1840 by design of architect I. Zauschevic to commemorate the victory of the Russian Empire over the Ottoman Empire during the Russo-Turkish War (1828–29). Behind it, there …

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Karakumstroi building, Ashgabat 1975

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

Soviet–era building “Karakumstroi” in Ashgabat, capital of Turkmenistan, in a 1975 picture. At that time, the population of the city was 289 000 (source: Novosti). This office and administration building has been built between 1964 and 1969 by design of architects Abdullah Akhmedov, Fikrat Aliyev, Arif Zeynalov and Etya Krichevskaya in the “soviet modernism” style. (photo: © 1975 Novosti news agency, Moscow – personal collection)

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University campus in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 1975

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

1975: the soviet-era building of the National University of Uzbekistan (NUU) campus in Tashkent, the capital of the former Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic. At that time the population of Tashkent was 1 590 000 (source: Novosti). (photo: © 1975 Novosti news agency, Moscow – personal collection)