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things not to miss on the Red Square in Moscow by Anni Pelmeni
Red Square is the center of Moscow city. Undoubtfully it is one of the
most magnificent and intimidating places in the world. There are 6 places
you have to see there if you want to claim that you’ve been on the Red
Square and visited grand Moscow. Each of those places is worthy to be displayed
individually, but luckily for you there are all in the same location. Here
is the count-down and try to remember the Russian names of these places.
Spaskaya Bashnya. It is the highest tower of the Moscow’s Kremlin.
It is also the main gateway to the Kremlin. Pay attention to the top of
the Spaskaya Bashnya: there you will see the Kremlin clock – the main clockwork
of Russia and one of five ruby stars which shine 24/7. Each political regime
installs its symbols on the top of the Spaskaya Bashnya as if to show who
rules the country. In Russian Empire there used to be double-headed eagles;
in Soviet time – the stars.
Lenin Mausoleum. This is the place where the body of Vladimir Lenin
is still preserved. First constructed in 1924 it has served ever since
as a communist propaganda tool. But it has also became an inalienable part
of the Red Square.
military-historical Museum. It is a magnificent red-brick building
which has a postal address the Red Square 1. It contains a collection of
more then 4 million artifacts of Russian history.
GUM. It is a luxury shopping passage right across the Kremlin. This
place used to be the shopping mall of Moscow for many centuries and therefore
it is considered the center of Moscow trade. The building of the GUM is
a fine example of traditional Russian architecture.
Lobnoe mesto. It is a place in the center of the Red Square where the
official announcements were made in medieval Russia. Contrary to popular
believes the executions have never took place here.
St. Basil Cathedral. It is an impressive Russian-orthodox cathedral
commissioned by the Tsar Ivan IV to commemorate the defeat of Kazan in
the middles of 16 century. It is an unofficial emblem of Moscow.
Pelmeni is one of authors of daily updated blog about Moscow city. Moscow
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