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Red square, Kremlin

"What is there to compare with the Kremlin, with its girdle or crenulated walls, with the golden domes of its cathedrals reclining on its high hill like the crown on the brow of a terrible sovereign?It must be seen, and seen again? And all that it conveys to the heart and to the imagination must be felt".

These were the emotions that welled up in the heart of Mikhail Lermontov, Russia's great early 19th century poet, when attempting to describe the Moscow Kremlin.

Heart of Moscow - The Red square

Red Square lies at the centre of Moscow, beneath the walls of the Kremlin.
Its history dates back to the distant past.

Over the centuries the square has changed its name many times. It was first mentioned in the chronicles of 1434 as the Trade Square, then after the devastating fire of 1493, it was renamed Fire. In the 16th century they called it Trinity (after the church which formerly stood on the site of St Basil?s Cathedral) and in the 1660s it was given the name 'Krasnaya' (russian for 'red'), which at the time meant 'beautiful', 'best' or 'main'.

You can see here the statue of Minin and Pozharsky (the leaders of the People?s Volunteer Corps in 1612); the Mausoleum of Lenin; the Upper Trading Rows (including the State Department Store (GUM)); the clock at the Savior (Spasskaya) Tower which is always showing the most correct Moscow time; the History Museum; the beautiful Cathedral of the Intercession (the Church of St Basil the Blessed) or Kazansky Cathedral and many other outstanding pieces of Russian architecture.

legendary Tverskaya Street

Tverskaya Street - a Soviet masterpiece. In the years of Soviet power, Tverskaya began to undergo a transformation: it was widened to two and a half times its original size, multi-storey administrative and apartment buildings were constructed, and at the same time, the most valuable of older buildings were moved to other places. Apart from the architectural and historic sights, there are many exhibition halls, theatres and all kinds of shops and cafes on the street.

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  • Pros:Outstanding architecture
  • In a nutshell:you should see this great city!
  • Last visit to Moscow: Jul 2013
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • FruitLover's Profile Photo
    Mar 12, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    Hello friends, I'm going to land tomorrow night in Domodedovo, for the first time. Thanx for your helpful tips. Is it true that a ticket for Bolshoi cost 1,000$?? Any recommendation for cultural performance in a reasonable price (Ballet, concert, opera, Tchikovski hall, or similar?) Avi

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    Aug 19, 2012 at 7:35 AM

    Me again, coming back to read more of your fine updates on Moscow. I don't know how the weather is right now in Moscow, but here in Antwerp (Belgium) we are having a huge heat wave this weekend.

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    Jun 19, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    Hello, Kris and Tim. I've read that you recommend Souvenirny Dvor. I have never been to Russia and my knowledge of Russian is minimal i.e. none. Is it a legal shop? Is it safe to buy on-line? I've seen on their site that they use Western Union. I've never used Western Union and I'd rather not! is it possible to transfer money at their bank account? Do they have one? Thanks in advance. Bodicea alivien@yahoo.com

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    Apr 13, 2011 at 3:48 AM

    "Great Tips "It is clear your love to Moscow and Russia Our problem is that we have short time to visit so many interesting things Gracias !!!

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    Aug 28, 2010 at 11:10 AM

    Lots of facts. very detailed and informative, thanx!

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    Mar 27, 2009 at 2:04 PM

    You have prepared wonderful pics and comments. Thanks for the guidance

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    Mar 16, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Any idea of when this dinosaur will open again?

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    Aug 4, 2008 at 10:14 PM

    Love little highlights like this - thanks - we will look for it :)

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    Jun 24, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Lot of work here... thanks for the nice and helpfull page.

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    Jan 6, 2008 at 8:03 AM

    Very good page! Happy New Year!

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