It’s general human tendency to get attracted to anything which is free. When I was looking up for Moscow tours, I randomly happened to come across the Moscow Free tour website.
At first, I wondered as to why would someone offer a free tour. It didn’t make any sense from a monetary aspect. But then, I realized that these guys have been consistently certified by various tourists on TripAdvisor and offer a number of other tours as well. I really liked them so much so that I had also taken the Moscow Metro tour through them.
The tour starts at the Slavyanskaya Square opposite to which is the Church of All Saints. One of it’s standout features is the Leaning bell-tower.
The Moscow Free Tour covers areas in and around the Red Square and starts off with the Kremlin which is the official residence of the President of Russia. The Lenin’s Mausoleum, the resting place of the revolutionary Vladmir Lenin is located right outside the Kremlin Complex.
While near the Kremlin, we also got a chance to see the changing of guards ceremony. It was about -8 degrees or so and I was just left wondering on how those guards would be managing the bone-chilling cold. In Moscow it can get upto -40 degrees.
Then there is the famous St Basil’s Cathedral nearby which was constructed by the prince – Ivan the Terrible to celebrate the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan. This onion dome shaped structure has also become famous as the symbol of Russia across the world.
At a stone’s throwaway, you would find the Gum Mall and this is next to the world famous Bolshoi theater. The Kazan Cathedral and the State Historical Museum cover the rest of the Red Square.
Leaving you with a couple of pics of the area around Kremlin.
I am participating in the A To Z Challenge for the second time this year and I am penning travelogues.