Moscow's Red Square Fascinating Sights, Moscow

Located in the heart of Moscow, the Red Square is regarded to be the central square of the whole Russia. It is also one of the most famous squares in the whole world. Spend 3 hours to this self guided tour and enjoy the sights of the heart of Moscow.
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Moscow's Red Square Fascinating Sights Map

Guide Name: Moscow's Red Square Fascinating Sights
Guide Location: Russia » Moscow (See other walking tours in Moscow)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 km
Author: audrey
City Hall

1) City Hall

City Hall, the former City Hall for Moscow in the 19th century, was constructed by architect M. Kazakov during 1778-1782. Located east of the State Historical Museum, the building formerly served as the V. I. Lenin Museum and as the home of Moscow Governors-Generals. The structure is currently used to house some of the collected works of the State Historical Museum.

City Hall reflects a wide range of world influences when it comes to design. The roof of the three-storied building is very...   view more
Iberian Gate and Chapel

2) Iberian Gate and Chapel

The Iberian Gate and Chapel, also known as the Resurrection Gate, is the main entrance to Moscow's Red Square. The gate connects to both Moscow City Hall and the State Historical Museum, and is the only gate of the Kitai-Gorod.

Erected in 1535, this red-brick gate connects the north-western end of Red Square with Manege Square. The Iberian Virgin is well-known for its miraculous abilities. Local legend says that blood flowing from the icon’s face caused a war to end. It is also said...   view more
State Historical Museum

3) State Historical Museum (must see)

Russia is known for its great museums and the State Historical Museum in Moscow lives up to this reputation. Located between Red Square and Manege Square, the museum has a diverse collection that ranges from the prehistoric era through the Romanov era.

The museum was opened in 1894 to mark the coronation of Alexander III and contains over four million items. Shervud and Semenov were the architects of this red-brick, Russian revival style structure. The design of each hall reflects the era...   view more
Kazan Cathedral

4) Kazan Cathedral (must see)

Built to celebrate victory over the Lithuanians and Polish, the Kazan Cathedral is famous for being the home of the Kazanskaya Icon, a symbol of the Virgin Mary who is the guardian and patroness of the city of Kazan. It is rumored that the Kazanskaya Icon possesses supernatural abilities.

The Kazan Cathedral was and is a very important church. Celebrations were held at the church during the reign of the Tsars each year to celebrate the victory of Moscow over the Lithuanians and the Polish. In...   view more
GUM Department Store

5) GUM Department Store (must see)

GUM or Glavny Universalny Magazin, is a famous shopping center located on the Red Square. Formerly known as the State Department Store, or the Upper Trading Rows, this shopping center is well known for its exclusive stores that carry brand name labels that are well-known in the western world.

GUM was built in the 1800s by architect Alexander Pomerantsev and engineer Vladimir Shukhov. The top floor of the shopping center used to contain a secret store, Section 101, which only high ranking...   view more
Lenin's Mausoleum

6) Lenin's Mausoleum (must see)

The final resting place of the illustrious former Russian Marxist activist Vladimir Lenin is located in the Red Square by the Kremlin Wall. Almost immediately after the Father of the Revolution’s death in 1924, the Russian people decided that a simple burial would not do. In response to the thousands of telegrams received urging the regime to preserve Lenin’s memory for future generations, the government began the task of constructing a proper resting place for the former radical. The first...   view more
St. Basil's Cathedral

7) St. Basil's Cathedral (must see)

One of the most recognizable landmarks in Russia, Saint Basil’s Cathedral features eastern style architecture and nine stunning chapels with onion-style domes. Originally named the Trinity Church, this structure was commissioned by Ivan the Terrible in the 16th century to celebrate the capture of Khanate of Kazan from Mongol forces. This stunning and picturesque former house of worship is now a museum that plays hosts to the yearly Day of Intercession service.

Located next to the Kremlin,...   view more
Lobnoye Mesto

8) Lobnoye Mesto

Lobnoye Mesto, or the Place of the Skulls is a 13-meter long stone podium located in front of Saint Basil’s Cathedral on the Red Square in Moscow. Constructed in 1530 by Boris Godunov, this site was used during the tsarist era to make public proclamations and to conduct religious ceremonies such as the donkey walk procession. Vladimir Lenin also used this site to unveil a monument to Stepan Razin, a Cossack rebel who led uprisings against the nobility and the tsar in 1919. The monument was...   view more

Walking Tours in Moscow, Russia

Create Your Own Walk in Moscow

Create Your Own Walk in Moscow

Creating your own self-guided walk in Moscow is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
A Walking Tour in Kitai-Gorod, Moscow

A Walking Tour in Kitai-Gorod, Moscow

Kitai-Gorod means China town in the Russian language. This is one of the oldest historical sites in the center of Moscow. In the past, Kitai-Gorod's territory was occupied by traders and craftsmen. Today the famous district is a preserved zone, due Gostiny Dvor, Moscow's first Print Yard, and other meaningful attractions that are presented in the guide below.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Most Popular Garden Ring Attractions in Moscow

Most Popular Garden Ring Attractions in Moscow

The Garden Ring is the major circular avenue around downtown of Moscow. Originally, the Garden Ring was built as a defensive fortification for Moscow. Today, the circumference of sixteen kilometers of the avenue is rich in architectural beauties, monuments, museums etc. The tour suggested below will help you get more familiar with Moscow's Garden Ring and its fascinating sights.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 1

Souvenir Shopping Part 1

It would be a pity to leave Moscow without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Moscow, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km
Museum Walk in the Center of Moscow

Museum Walk in the Center of Moscow

Moscow is the capital of Russia and the cultural center of the country. The city boasts a large number of museums which reveal Russia's culture and development. Take this hour tour to visit Moscow's most representative museums in the center of the city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Moscow is the capital and the largest city in Russia. It is also a major political, cultural, economic and religious center. The city has a big number of places that worth being visited. Take this orientation walk to explore the best attractions Moscow has to offer.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
Moscow Nightlife

Moscow Nightlife

Moscow boasts with a large number of good nightclubs. The city's nightlife scene features designed venues crowded with stylish guests. The Russian capital has some very popular clubs downtown, such as Solyanka, Propaganda, Art Garbage etc. Take this tour to visit the most popular clubs in the center of Moscow.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km

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16 Best Russian Things to Buy as Souvenirs in Moscow

16 Best Russian Things to Buy as Souvenirs in Moscow

While it's easier to list the riches Russia does not have, if there are such, the variety of authentic Russian stuff available in Moscow is truly mind-blowing. Some items are obscenely expensive, others - affordable, but both can make a memorable gift from the largest country in the world. To...