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Red Square (Krasnaya ploshchad)
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Red Square and the Moscow Kremlin
Ranked #2 of 2,665 things to do in Moscow
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Red Square is a city square in Moscow, Russia. The buildings surrounding the Square are all significant: Nearby to the South is the elaborate brightly domed Saint Basil's Cathedral and the palaces and cathedrals of the Kremlin, Lenin's Mausoleum. On the Eastern side of the square is the GUM department store, and next to it the restored Kazan Cathedral.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

Great way to visually take in the Kremlin, St Basil's, GUM department store. Beautifully lit up at night.

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Reviewed 5 April 2018

you can feeRed 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. It was cleared on the orders of Ivan III at the end of the 1400's, but remained the province of the mob, the site of public executions, and rabble rousing, until much later.

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. The name became official in the middle of the 17th century - previously it had been Trinity Square, due to the Trinity Cathedral, the predecessor of St. Basil's. Popularly, it was also known as 'Fire Square', reflecting the number of times medieval Moscow burned. During the Mongol and Tartar invasions, it was the site of fierce fighting, and right up until the end of the 17th century cannon stood ready to defend the squarel

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Reviewed 4 April 2018

I have visited Moscow during the winter, the Red Square is simply WOW , very big and beautiful, with a nice skate place in the middle from where you can see all the square

Love it

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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

We have just returned from Mockba and Red Square was almost a daily starting point whilst we were there. It is a chilly open space on a cold April day but is historically fascinating.
Observations: St Basils (Vassily’s) seemed smaller than I had expected, though was fascinating to see (both outside and in); loved the pines planted all along the wall of the Kremlin; the queue for Lenin’s Mausoleum can be decidedly chilly (especially if it’s a long wait); Gym is peculiarly contradictory - full of posh international shops, but we recommend the cheap restaurant on the top floor. It’s worth walking right around the Kremlin - great views all round!

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Reviewed 4 April 2018

The Red square is the heart of Moscow, a must see when you travel to Moscow. It is surrounded by Kremlin, St. Basil Cathedral, State Historical Museum and Gum shopping mall. Absolutely an amazing place with a lot of history.

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