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Red Square and the Moscow Kremlin

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    Red Square:

    The square's name has nothing to do with communism or with the color of many of its buildings. In fact it derives from the word 'krasnyi', which once meant 'beautiful', and has only come to mean 'red' in contemporary Russian. Red Square began life as a slum, a shanty town of wooden huts clustered beneath the Kremlin walls that housed a collection of peddlers, criminals and drunks whose status left them outside the official boundaries of the medieval city.

    The varied beauty of the architecture and the magical atmosphere belie the square's often brutal and bloody history, but the combination makes Red Square a truly fascinating place that you'll want to come back to again and again.

    St.Basil’s Cathedral:

    Every capital has a well-known landmark making it easily recognizable. In Moscow, the Cathedral of the Protecting Veil of the Mother of God, better known as the Cathedral of St. Vasily the Blessed (or St. Basil’s Cathedral, as it is often called in English), standing in Red Square is such a landmark. It is for nearly 450 years now that this architectural ensemble of inimitable beauty and grandeur has been filling our hearts with joy, excitement and pride.

    Can you believe that the cathedral’s original color was said to be white to match the white stone of the Kremlin? Starting in the 17th century, the façade and domes began to be painted in the remarkable colors that are seen today, and the pigment is said to be taken from a Biblical description, in the Book of Revelation, of the Kingdom of Heaven…You will know much more amazing fact about history of the cathedral by the end of the tour.

    The Moscow Kremlin:

    Built as a fortress in the 12th century, the Kremlin is an official residence of the President of the Russian Federation and the President's office.

    Your walking tour involves the extensive Kremlin grounds with the Cathedral Square as its focal point. Surrounding the square are masterpieces of Italian architects of the 15th century. Along the way, visit the Assumption Cathedral, once a private chapel of the tsars, to admire the beautiful frescoes and a striking iconostasis.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Hotel in Moscow
    Departure Time
    2:00 PM
    Duration
    4h
    Return Details
    Tour ends at the Kremlin
    Inclusions
    • Local guide
    • Professional guide
    • Entry/Admission - St. Basil's Cathedral
    • Entry/Admission - Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)
    • Entry/Admission - Cathedral of the Assumption
    Exclusions
    • Hotel drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 4 June 2019 via mobile

    What a fairy tale visiting Red Square at night, it was spectacular seeing all the fairy lights and the illuminated historical buildings and churches...truly recommended as a place to visit. Next day we visited the Kremlin with Putin in office and the flag flying. Moscow...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank Uptownwhirl
    Reviewed 20 May 2019

    The vast square has seen a lot during history, from the revolution in 1917 up until the dissolution of the Soviet Union. There's a great history museum at a corner that is absolutely worth visiting though it may be a bit expensive. Don't forget to...More

    Date of experience: August 2018
    Thank Shekufe
    Reviewed 7 May 2019 via mobile

    Red square is a huge complex in which stands the iconic St Basil's Cathedral...the great Kremlin and the Russian President's office and so many historical buildings and the Royal orthodox private church of the Tsars....first of all the onion shaped domes of the st Basil's...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank Wonderlust236
    Reviewed 9 July 2018

    Best place and a must visit! Beautiful and so much history. Lots to do and see for all ages. Take tours because so much history.

    Date of experience: July 2018
    Thank P2798THlisah
    Reviewed 29 June 2018

    By visiting this area of Moscow, I remembered all the American movies that was filmed in the surroundings that I watched that show Russian are villains! Actually after my first trip to Russia I became sure that Russian people are very nice welcoming and kind...More

    Date of experience: June 2018
    1  Thank Z7894ZCahmeda
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    29 September 2019|
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    Response from Wonderlust236 | Reviewed this property |
    The first question is where are you arriving ? The second point is you have to book your guide first.....if you have the deal your guide can pick you up at the appointed time and the appointed place....if in Moscow I can... More
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    6 July 2019|
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    Yes..tickets to buy from the sales counter before entering the Moscow Kremlin...
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