Red Square (Krasnaya ploshchad), Moscow

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Located at the heart of Moscow, Red Square (Krasnaya ploshchad) offers easy access to most of the city's major attractions. Surrounded by landmark buildings representative of Moscow's rich architectural heritage, the vast square is the first destination for most visitors to the city. Its name comes not from the color of the cobbles or its link to communist history, but from one interpretation of the Russian word "krasniy," meaning "beautiful." Most of the city's major streets originate from this square, but the majority of tourists come to this World Heritage Site to take pictures and visit the surrounding buildings, including a mausoleum housing the embalmed body of Vladimir Lenin. Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Moscow trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.
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  • Very large square. Don't go to many of the people who visited Moscow. Many tourists visited rain raining the day I went, was not much better weather.
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  • Always have seen this place in the movies and was wondering, is it really big and crowded? Its huge and very very crowded. Couldn't get in Lenin's mausoleum, I think they don't let ppl inside anymore....  more »
  • Probably every tourist who comes to Moscow, wants to get on the red square. There's always quite crowded and quite often occur any events.
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  • The Red Square along with the Kremlin is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the epicentre for sightseeing in Moscow. This is a place that all visitors gravitate towards during visits to the city and for good reason. There are many interesting and important attractions and the square itself is quite beautiful and an enjoyable place to spend time. Constructed on order of Ivan III near the end of the 15th century, the Red Square has mainly been a place for public statements and announcements and a general marketplace in recent centuries. During the communist period, it was cleared of cathedrals and other structures in order to create a military parade ground. Today, visitors will find some of the most famous sightseeing in Moscow at Red Square. These include the remarkable St. Basil's Cathedral, State Historical Museum, The Lenin Mausoleum and GUM department store in the historic Upper Trading Rows. You will also find the Kazan Cathedral, Resurrection Gate and Kremlin Walls at the Red Square. Numerous monuments, churches and other attractions can be visited around the Red Square (and Kremlin), making this a good area to spend a day or two for sightseeing during visits to Moscow. Note: If you are interested in photography, do make sure to visit the Red Square during both day and night. The buildings on the Red Square are delightful with the dark blue sky. At night, much of the square is hit up with floodlights, again making it a beautiful place to visit and snap a few shots.
  • This is the undoubtedly the best place in Moscow. There's lots to do out here and you can spend 2 days out here and still not cover the entire place. There's a walking street full of restaurants, there's the gum shopping mall-which is beautiful, don't forget to try the authentic Russian ice cream out here. Just walk around and you will be fascinated.
  • What a place! It's a must visit if you're ever in Moscow. Walking though the massive square gives a sense of the rich history and tradition that this place has seen over the years. Sandwiched between the Gum store and The Kremlin, this place is definitely a must. Simply unmissable!
  • Absolutely MUST VISIT place in Moscow! It is historically and architecturally valuable place! Kremlin just nearby, so you just come here and visit multiple attractions! You can easily reach this place by metro and have guided excursions - a lot of different options! Moreover, you can meet Stalin, Lenin, Napoleons, Kutuzov, etc, and take photo with them)
  • I'm in a manual wheelchair, and oddly the one place that is the easiest for me to wheel around is red square, here in Moscow. I attended the world Cup gala concert hosted by Denis Matsuev, and honestly it was the most accessible event I've attended here. I know a lot of wheelchair users complain about the cobble stones, but I guess once you have been to worse cobblestone places like London, Brussels and some of Vienna, Riga and well Gdansk, it really is fine in comparison! I was there at night and everything is beautiful. Unfortunately I cannot get into St. Basil Cathedral, and a lot of other places in the area, but they look great from the outside.
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