Once, they beamed optimism from walls all across the Eastern Bloc. These murals depicted Socialist progress, and allowed the great Communist leaders to look down on their people from everywhere. But now, they're fallen into ruin. Check out the disintegrating beauty of great Socialist murals.

A mural commemorating Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, on the wall of an apartment block in Karaganda, Kazakhstan

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Mosaic of a miner near the entrance to the mine Dolinskaya in Karaganda, Kazakhstan. Once its helmet had a working light source.

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A shop in Sarkand, Kazakhstan

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An astronaut in Tashkent, Uzbekistan

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The city hospital of Ulyanovsk, Russia

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The past and present of space exploration, Dushanbe, Tajikistan

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Outside the Detlev-Rohwedder-Haus, housed the Ministry of Aviation in the Nazi Era. It was the Haus der Ministerien (House of Ministries) during the GDR, and now the seat of the German Finance Ministry, Berlin, Germany. Between 1950 and 1952 a 59-foot (18 meter) long mural (named "Aufbau der Republik", meaning "Building of the Republic," was created by Max Lingner)

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On the National History Museum of Albania, Albania, Tirana

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Er rührte an den Schlaf der Welt, a mural in Halle-Neustadt, Germany, designed by Erich Enge

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An atomic mural in Saran, Kazakhstan

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A butterfly in Ust-Kamenogorsk (also known as Öskemen), Kazakhstan

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Celebrate!, on a Russian apartment block somewhere between Kostroma and Yaroslavi, Russia

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On the wall of the Union House in Karaganda, Kazakhstan

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Haus des Lehrers (House of the Teachers), Berlin, Germany, with a mural wrapping around the building, named Unser Leben (Our Life), designed by Walter Womacka.

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Barnaul, Russia

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A happy family between some workers and lumbermen, Seelow, Germany

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Bonus: The Olomouc Astronomical Clock, constructed in the 15th century, almost completely destroyed by the Nazis in May 1945, reconstructed in the style of socialist-realism in the early 1950s. There are athletes, scientists, workers instead of royal and religious figures.

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