Red Square (Russian: Красная площадь, tr. Krasnaya ploshchad', IPA: [ˈkrasnəjə ˈploɕːətʲ]) is one of the oldest and largest squares in Moscow, the capital of Russia. Owing to its historical significance and the adjacent historical buildings, it is regarded as one of the most famous squares in Europe and the world. It is located in Moscow's historic centre, in the eastern walls of the Kremlin. It is the city landmark of Moscow, with iconic buildings such as Saint Basil's Cathedral, Lenin's Mausoleum and the GUM. In addition, it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990.
The Red Square has an almost rectangular shape and is 70 meters wide and 330 meters long. It extends lengthways from northwest to southeast along part of the wall of the Kremlin that forms its boundary on the southwest side. In the northeast, the square is bounded by the GUM department store building and the old district of Kitai-Gorod, in the northwest by the State Historical Museum and the Resurrection Gate and in the southeast by Saint Basil's Cathedral. Tverskaya Street begins to the northwest of the square behind the building of the State Historical Museum, and to the southeast is the so-called Basilius slope, which leads to the Moskva River, which goes down and over a bridge to the Zamoskvorechye District. Two streets branch off to the northeast from Red Square: Nikolskaya Street, which is named after the Nikolaus Tower of the Kremlin, which is directly opposite, and the Ilyinka (Ильинка), both of which have existed since the 14th century and were once important arteries of old Moscow. Today the square itself, with the exception of the access road leading through it to the Savior Gate of the Kremlin, is a pedestrian zone.
Katrina Zai | Feb 4, 2018
Definitely what to see when you are in Moscow. It's totally different if you are there Daytime and Night time. Both beautiful in their own way. Kremlin, Gum, State Museum and St Basil Cathedral lines up the square. Grab an ice cream cone inside Gum and go for a stroll. Great place to take photos.
Nina Lebedeva | Jan 30, 2018
The Red Square is always awesome during the Christmas holidays. It's beautifully illuminated, so thousands of people are there every night. Despite the crowds the entrance was well organized in terms of security checking. There is a big shopping center right near the Square, so you can go there if it's too cold.
Gabriel Guendelman | Jan 20, 2018
We have less then 16 hours in Moscow. Fortunately, it is fairly easy to get from the airport to the red square with the train. The square itself is very impressive, and the lights on the buildings even make more beautiful. With that said, we found that a short visit is enough. I guess it is very individual, but we think we wouldn't wanted to stay more.
Adeeb Awad | Jan 31, 2018
The Red Square is definitely the spot in Moscow. Actually it's on the top 5 of Europe. Each and every time I visit Moscow I make sure to visit the red square at least once. It has a unique charm. It looks and acts differently throughout the year. In winter it's powerful. And on Christmas it's amazing. Start from the streets towards the red square but once you get to the square you feel the power all around. Overwhelming. This visit I learnt a new thing, it closes at midnight. A police car drove through announcing that. Probably it's a winter thing.
jamshed khan | Jan 26, 2018
Loved this place. I dreamt of going there since my childhood. Amazing feeling. Beautifully maintained Russian Heritage in one place. We went to Saint Basil Cathedral, Kremlin, Gum (the shopping center). People there rarely understand English so had to struggle a lot asking for places and restaurants.
Paulus S | Apr 14, 2018
￼ Red Square is the largest and most famous square in Russia. It has a magnetic pull for all visitors to Moscow. Standing in Red Square, you can see the most significant buildings in the capital: the Kremlin, GUM department store, the State History Museum, Lenin's Mausoleum and of course, St Basil’s Cathedral. The bright domes bloom like an elaborate stone flower planted by the architects of the 16th century. All the major streets of Moscow radiate from here. Red Square is the central square of Moscow and the symbolic center of all Russia. Red Square has always been the main square of the city, and its history dates back to the 1490s when a new red brick Kremlin was built in Moscow. The east side of the fortification was vulnerable since it was not protected by the rivers nor any other natural barriers. This area outside the walls was cleared in order to create a field of fire for shooting, and became Red Square. Merchants from all over the world came to trade here. The Square turned into a big market. Public Criers announced tsars’ decrees and people came to Red Square to hear the news. On days of great church festivals there were religious processions here, turning the square into an open-air church. After the Revolution, Red Square maintained its importance. Lenin's Mausoleum was built near the Kremlin wall,
Mariraju Dyapur | Apr 12, 2018
One of my favorite places, can't miss to visit this every time I come to Russia. One has to take a good walk to reach the back to see the river but everything is worth
Daniel Bell | May 11, 2018
This is a spectacular place. It is the best place in the Motherland and is better than any UK or USA capital city. Long live the Soviets.
Peter seus | May 10, 2018
This is a must when I Moscow. Great place, nice buildings. Lenin museum. MUM giant shopping mall, had to afford anything in the exclusive shops, but walk is free and coffee affordable. In the winter there is a very nice winter market with large skating rink. Yes come here to see the old Moscow v City like walking in a postcard
ILOVESTALIN IfYouThinkAboutItFacismIsntThatBad | May 16, 2018
While I love communism and I believe that it is the way forward fake news isn't. The RED SQUARE is not even RED. OR SQUARE. Fake news like this shouldn't be spread. We need to show people the red light of communism! GLORY TO THE MOTHERLAND! квадрат не чертовски красный или квадратный.
Passive Income | May 18, 2018
Such a unique experience. This is the place you definitely cant miss while there. You will surely enjoy.
John Gorsky | Jun 17, 2018
This place is greater then I expected! Very large with beautiful views. Plan on being her for several hours and bring good walking shoes. It's like cobblestone is not your friend at first but it adds to the views. Just remember to lift your feet more then you are use to. Early morning or later in the night give you more room to breathe. This is a must see when in Moscow. Free to look around and take advantage of all the history while you still can...
Sasha Stewart | May 29, 2018
An amazing place to visit in Moscow and submerge and culture history and Architectural upbringings of the early Russia. Visited recently in May of 2017 and truly enjoyed my time. Great place to visit with a friend colleague for business or with a family member. Most of the places can be seen from the Red Square itself but small fee will get you inside the doors and allow you to enjoy more detailed look and all the cathedral
G.J. de Vries | May 30, 2018
Absolutely stunning square full of culture, history and identity. Amazing to visit this and walk around. In the night gets even more beautiful with beautiful lights and very romantic. Moscow is a beautiful city and this place is something to be proud of. During your Moscow city trip this one is the place to start and finish a day at.
Sukumar Mehta | May 28, 2018
One cannot miss visiting Red Square when in Moscow as a tourist. 2 of the main attractions here are St. Basil's Cathedral and Mausoleum of Lenin. Unfortunately, a huge stage for some religious, dance and music function was being erected on 24-5-2018 and that occupied almost half of the Red Square area. This not only prevented beautiful photography of the iconic St. Basil's Cathedral but also prevented us from paying a visit to Lenin's Mausoleum and the Kremlin sarcophagus just behind it. As per the published scheduled, Mausoleum was supposed to be open in that day (Thursday) but somehow, perhaps because of the function in the Red Square, the mausoleum was closed.
Prashant Kumar | Jun 10, 2018
What's good The square is grand and there are multiple points of interest around like Gum, cathedral and kremlin. What's not good There is ample crowd and the football world cup has initiated some construction on the middle of square which is making the whole view ugly. What to do Enjoy the view from front. Enjoy the multiple points of interest around. Go for the Kremlin. Have fun.
Rishabh Todi | Jul 16, 2018
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.
Mohamed Ehsan | Jul 19, 2018
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!
Elaman Usupbekov | Jun 26, 2018
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)
Mohamed Elanany | Jul 15, 2018
One of the most famous places to visit in Moscow with so many architecture to see. Great place for pictures and friend gathering, I was there during world cup with so many people around from all over the world. It's easy to reach by metro line 3 with a cheap ticket of 55 roubles. You can also visit kitai garden with amazing river view.
Greg Fletcher | Jul 16, 2018
Beautiful place to visit. We went in February with snow still on the ground and on the minarets. The square itself had food stalls selling pancakes and hot drinks, perfect to sit and take in the atmosphere. A visit to St Basil's is recommended and doesn't take too long.
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