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“Germany’s first socialist boulevard”

East Berlin’s Stalinallee was one of the most important streets in the GDR. Lined with grandiose buildings known as workers’ palaces, Stalinallee was a monumental space designed to show the citizens of the GDR and the rest of the world what socialism was capable of achieving. Stalinallee, the main arterial road of the new Berlin, was considered to be the fulfillment of socialist-inspired architecture, a place where the future had already been realized.

The building of Stalinallee in 1952-1953 also garnered considerable attention outside the GDR. Foreign journalists, however, did not praise the project as expected. Click here to find out how Life magazine, for example, described the construction of Stalinallee in 1952.

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