"Resurrection Gate" Red Square - Resurrection Gate Tip by mikey_e

Red Square - Resurrection Gate, Moscow: 14 reviews and 20 photos

  Resurrection Gate
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Resurrection Gate is a beautiful entranceway that leads you into Red Square between the Moscow State Historical Museum and the Cathedral of the Kazan Icons of the Mother of God. The original Gate was built in the 16th century, but it was torn down by Stalin in the 1930s and rebuilt in the 1990s. The design is obviously slightly more modern than the original one, and the tall spikes that form towers could easily confuse you to believe that the significance of the Gate is more military (like the towers in the Kremlin) than religious. Still, the reason that the Gate was torn down by Stalin lies in its great significance for the Russian Orthodox Church and not its strategic design. It once housed the Icon of the Mother of God of Iver. Legend has it that, during the Iconclasym, an iconoclast stabbed the icon in Mary's cheek and the icon began to spurt blood. Ever since the icon, and the Gate, have been revered.

Today you can still make out the faithful coming to the Gate and buying small icons and other religious paraphanelia, although they are greatly outnumbered by the tourists who are drawn to the knock-off souvenirs in Manezhnaya Square.

Address: Red Square
Directions: Between Red Square and Manezhnaya Square

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jul 15, 2008
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