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"Lenin's Mausoleum" Red Square - Lenin Mausoleum Tip by sue_stone

Red Square - Lenin Mausoleum, Moscow: 41 reviews and 60 photos

  Lenin's Mausoleum
by sue_stone

One of the highlights of our time in Moscow would have to have been Lenin's Mausoleum.

The Mausoleum is an unusual granite construction located just by the Kremlin, in Red Square. Free to visit, it is open 4 mornings a week from 10am-1pm (closed Mon & Fri). No cameras or bags are allowed and you will need to leave them at the Kremlin left luggage office before you line up for the Mausoleum, or at your hotel as we did (as it was just down the road).

There was quite a queue when we arrived at around 9.45am, but we took the advice of a VT friend (who had visited Moscow a couple of weeks earlier) and we jumped the queue a little…. as did most other people who turned up after us!!

After 30mins or so we were let into Red Square (which is roped off on the mornings that the Mausoleum is open) and went to check out Lenin.

You enter the dimly lit and well guarded tomb, walk silently down some stairs and join a line that snakes right around a glass covered coffin, with Lenin lying there…he looks so alive you expect him to open his eyes and wink at you.

There is no time to stare though….the guards keep the line moving and before you know if you are back outside, where you can check out some of the graves along the Kremlin wall – Stalin is there, along with other communist big shots.


Address: Krasnaya Ploshad, Moscow
Directions: Metro: Ploshad Revolutsii / Teatralnaya
Phone: (095) 923 5527

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 19, 2005
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