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Lobnoye Mesto

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Red Square & Kitay-gorod
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Address: Red Square, Moscow 613310, Russia
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Built in the early 16th century, this stone platform was not the site of...

Built in the early 16th century, this stone platform was not the site of executions, but an area from which the Tsar's edicts and sentences for criminals were announced.

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One of the most intresting places in the world! Many people from russian provinces and foreigh contries visit the place during the year/

Reviewed 15 February 2017
Moscow, Russia
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While this has a place in Russian History, it is easily overlooked in the shadow of St Basil's Cathedral. When we were there, it was screened off, so unable to get too close to see it, but don't feel that we missed out.

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Moscow, Russia
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

One of the most intresting places in the world! Many people from russian provinces and foreigh contries visit the place during the year/

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Kolomna, Russia
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Reviewed 12 November 2016

Lobnoye mesto (Russian: Лобное место) is a 13-meter-long stone platform situated on Red Square in Moscow in front of Saint Basil's Cathedral. Its name is derived from the Russian words for "forehead" (lob) and "place" (mesto). In old Russian lob meant a steep river bank. The platform, believed to have been constructed in brick in the 1530s, was first mentioned... More 

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

You will see this speaking platform just to the left of St Basil's Cathedral on Red Square where many sermons have been hosted years ago. However, it has historical value but is very ordinary to look at.

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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 15 September 2016

This is not a place you're going to go out of your way to see, but if you're already in Red Square, there it is, so you may as well walk by and check it out. It's essentially just a small elevated platform in the southeastern area of the square, close to St. Basil's. "Lob" means forehead, so a lot... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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Reviewed 25 July 2016

Without knowledge and history of Russia this place may seem so boring. Just a part of Red Square. Must read before the visit the Kremlin & red Square some history about this place.

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Moscow, Russia
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Reviewed 14 July 2016

Nothing attractive - just a part of the Red Square, close to St. Basils Cathedral and Kremlin. A good point to make St, Basils photos from.

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Belgrade, Serbia
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Reviewed 25 June 2016

This was my third time in Moscow, and the first time I saw this circular stone platform, and its right on the Red Sq. I didn't know what it was, so joined a tourist group there. The guide was telling it used for Tsars public speaking and addressing to people, but it isn't certainly approved. So never mind, who cares....admire... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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Reviewed 31 May 2016

most impressive swaure in the world. all from size style energy view. combination of power religion, sacrifice

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Belgrade, Serbia
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Reviewed 26 May 2016 via mobile

Located at the Red square, near the St Basil's cathedral, this place was long believed to be the place of public executions, but now it's rather seen as a place from which state proclamations were announced.

Thank Aleksandar S

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