"Changing the Guard at Lenins Tomb" Red Square - Lenin Mausoleum Tip by easyoar

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

  Changing the Guards at Lenin's Mausoleum
by easyoar

I'm not sure whether this still happens, but if they do still do it, make sure you stand near Lenins mausoleum just before the hour. The guard is changed every hour on the hour, and to watch it take place is to watch the pinnacle of perfection. A few minutes before the guards are due to change, three new soldiers (one is the commander) leave the Kremlin, and start to slowly goosestep up to Lenins Mausoleum. They arrive just in time to do an intricate changeover in time with the ringing of the Spasskaya Tower bell. The Commander then takes the two previous guards back into the Kremlin in perfect goosestep formation.

I was told by a Russian who had worked in the Kremlin that inside of the Kremlin was a perfect full size reproduction of the walkway and the entrance to the mausoleum, and that the soldiers practised again and again to get the timing exactly right. I can easily believe it as to get something to be that good must take an incredible amount of practise.

Address: Red Square
Directions: Red Square, along the wall of the Kremlin
Phone: 79252981866
Website: http://lenin.ru/index_e.htm

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 9, 2004
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