Red Square is considered as one of the most important landmarks in Moscow as it includes a varied set of monuments including Kremlin (the official residence of the Russian president), St. Basil’s Cathedral, Lenin’s Mausoleum, Kazan Cathedral, Gum Store and the State Historical Museum among others.

It is said that Putin generally works in Kremlin but stays on the outskirts of Moscow. Legend has it that Lenin’s body is still embalmed and kept at the mausoleum. Whether tourists or even Russians believe this or not is another matter altogether.

One evening, when a few of my office colleagues asked me if I am interested to make a visit to the square, I was quite excited at the opportunity. Little did I know that it would be about -15 degrees that night. It was so cold that I was starting to feel my hands getting frost bitten. The Starbucks coffee I was holding became cold in no time ;). Nonetheless, the experience was fantastic.

St. Basil's Cathedral

St. Basil’s Cathedral (the garlic shaped domes of different colours look amazing, don’t they?)

Kremlin

Kremlin

Red Square (with the State Historical Museum in straight, the Kremlin on the left and Gum Store on the right)

Red Square (the State Historical Museum is in the center, the Kremlin is on the left and Gum Store on the right)

Gum Store

Gum Store

At the other side of the Kremlin

At the other side of the Kremlin

At the Lenin's Mausoleum

At the Lenin’s Mausoleum

Central Children's Mall at Lubyanka Square

Central Children’s Mall at Lubyanka Square (situated about 1.5 km from Red Square)

Tip:

You can reach the Red Square from the Ploschad Revolutsii or the Teatralnaya metro station.

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