Red Square

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by kiwigal on August 9, 2001

Known in Russian as `Krasnaya Ploschad` (which means red beautiful, supposedly referring to St Basils), Red Square is a major Russian icon. The Square was built in the 19th Century. I was awestruck standing in the middle of the square looking around me at the interesting buildings and imagining the history that had been written here.

At the North end of the Square is the State History Museum which I didn't have the opportunity to see.
At the opposite end is St Basil's Cathedral. St Basil`s is a very interesting example of Russian Orthodox church architecture. It is located at the Southern end of Red Square and was built between 1555 and 1561.
G.U.M. which stands for The Gosudarstevemy Universahy Magazin is located on the North Eastern side of Red Square. It was built in the 19th Century. During the soviet rule in Russia, this store was only for the aristocrats of society. Now anyone can shop here but the goods don`t come cheap! All the major European designers have stores here.
Last but not least is the Kremlin (and Lenin's Tomb in front) on the South Western side. The Kremlin was originally built in the 1950's but has been rebuilt and renovated many times since then. I unfortunately was only able to admire this building from afar as I didn't have the time or money to take a tour inside.

Red Square (Krasnaia Ploshchad')

Moscow, Russia, 103012

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