As the historical, political and social heart of Moscow, Red Square is home to some of the city’s most recognisable landmarks. Within the Red Square travellers will find the fantastical St Basil’s Cathedral, the iconic Kremlin, Lenin’s Mausoleum and the glitzy Neo-Russian facade of the GUM shopping mall. Red Square is a constant hive of acitivity and an excellent place to people watch: see stonefaced police officers doing their rounds, young couples enjoying a romantic stroll through the square, and stiletto-clad shoppers returning from a day of retail therapy. Red Square is a fascinating place to see all that is old about the city, colliding with the new.
A trip to Moscow would not be complete without a visit to the legendary Red Square, and as such we have included a stop on all of our tours in Moscow. At the southern end of the square is the iconic St Basil’s Cathedral, with its colourful tent roofs and twisting onion shaped domes. Here you will also find the towering red walls of the Kremlin, with the rooftops of palaces and cathedrals peeking over the top. Covering the entire eastern side of the square is the elaborate facade of the glamorous GUM shopping mall. What originally began as a state department store, GUM is now an illustrious shopping centre housing the latest fashions and designer labels.
Red Square is also the location of Lenin’s Mausoleum, housed in a monolithic red granite structure. Following his death in 1924, and against his wishes, the former Soviet Leader’s body was preserved for national pride and posterity. Today it attracts the curious travellers and locals alike, who flock to see his surreal wax like body lying in peaceful repose within a glass case.