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Review of Stalin's Summer Residence

Stalin's Summer Residence
Ranked #27 of 228 things to do in Sochi
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2014

Very big territory, specific design, many historical things. Stalin was terrible figure in Russian history, in this place everything connects with him.

Visited February 2014
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“See where...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2014

...a mass murderer rested after a hard day's slaughter.

Really beautiful Summer House, lovely proportions, inner courtyard, cross breezes from sea and mountains. Being restored as of 2014 but almost half can be seen now.

Visited February 2014
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“Cool piece of history but a bit out of the way”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2014

Getting up to Stalin's dacha is about half the fun of the excursion. From the Matsesta Train Station (on the new Lastochka Train Line from Sochi to Olympic Park), I had to find a shuttle by asking around (unsuccessfully for a time). Finally, I found a shuttle going up to the resort area "Zelenaya Roscha," which is very close to Stalin's dacha. Zelenaya Roscha itself is a very nice area and there is what seems to be a high-end hotel up there.

From the hotel at Zelenaya Roscha, there are some stairs leading up to the area where Stalin's dacha is. When I got to the dacha, I paid 100 rubles for a guided tour (in Russian, but luckily I happened upon a group that had an English translator - I think just because they were there with the Olympics). The experience is pretty nondescript minus the fact that you're unlikely to see a wax figurine of Stalin very often. There are some gifts on the desk from other communist leaders of the time, but overall it seemed like a fairly drab vacation destination for Stalin. That's not to say it wasn't well worth the trip, though!

Visited February 2014
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“Statins dacha”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2013

A very uninspiring building painted a strange green colour located in woodland near Sochi. The whole place had a very uneasy feeling especially when you consider the type of character Stalin was. His study with his waxwork figure sitting at his desk with a map of Russia behind was chilling. There's a bullet proof couch where he sat watching films. Next door is his billiard table, he used a weighted cue.
Definitely worth visiting just to try to get a feel of this very evil man

Visited October 2013
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“Interesting peek into Stalin's private life”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2013

I visited this as part of a Black Sea cruise excursion. I was taken to this somewhat hidden "dacha" by a coach. The whole building was painted green and quite hidden among the trees around. Most of the building was being used a hotel and not opened to the public. The rooms that were opened were Stalin's study and billiard room. My Russian tour guide gave a good history of the family members of Stalin. There was a life size wax figure of Stalin sitting in the study with a bed next to the desk and a bullet-proof leather sofa for him to watch movies. Although there was not much else to see, it was certainly an interesting glimpse into the private life of a famous Soviet leader. Washroom facilities were very limited and it took twenty minutes for everyone one the coach to go through the comfort stop.

It was interesting to note that the surrounding neighbourhood included some very modern and expensive looking villas.

Visited July 2013
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