Gorki Leninskiye – Moscow, Russia - Atlas Obscura

Gorki Leninskiye

Former estate of Lenin, now home to his death mask. 


This palatial estate was the final home of the Soviet leader Lenin, and is now preserved as a museum to his memory.

Among the numerous possessions on display are his Rolls Royce Silver Ghost ready for snow, a reconstruction of his Kremlin office, and his Last Testament. 

However, the centerpiece is definitely his death mask, showing both his face and hands from his last evening in 1924. A close examination of the hands shows evidence of his stroke. The face and hands were sculpted by sculptor Sergei Merkurov, who would go on to sculpt hundreds of death masks, including other leaders of the Soviet Union. 

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