Moscow’s Red Square is situated upon a stretch of cobblestones framed by architectural marvels and has provided the backdrop for much of Russia’s rich history. Visitors cannot help but be inspired by the beauty of this jewel in Russia’s crown.
Historically, Red Square was a market square, so it has always been a place for congregation; both celebration and castigation took place here. It was the location of numerous high-profile executions in the seventeenth century. This includes Stepan Razin, a Cossack rebel executed in 1671 and Peter the Great’s mutinous palace guard, Streltsy, in 1698.
Modern-day visitors to the Red Square will usually enter from the north, passing other Russian landmarks such as the Duma parliament building and Bolshoi Theatre. The Voskresensky (Resurrection) Gates are not the only way to reach the square but certainly provide a fitting sense of splendour on entry. Jonathan Alexander-Abt is just one of many tourists and cultural enthusiasts who have enjoyed visiting Moscow’s Red Square.
St. Basil’s Cathedral is one of the most iconic sights in Moscow and arguably the whole of Russia. Around the world, the cathedral’s bight, onion-shaped domes are an instantly recognisable symbol of the country. Originally built in 1561, it is officially known as the Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed. It is impressive that the cathedral has enjoyed such longevity despite Russia’s turbulent history and damage to other nearby buildings.
Senate Square is home to Russia’s presidential administration, currently led by Vladimir Putin. Its name refers to the building’s role in Russia during the Imperial period. The Armoury Chamber is another popular tourist attraction in Red Square. Built in the sixteenth century, it held Russia’s vast armoury collection and is currently home to the Russian Diamond Fund.
The Kremlin is one of Russia’s most famous landmarks despite its negative associations. In fact, ‘Moscow Kremlin’ would be its correct descriptor as most Russian cities have a Kremlin; the term actually refers to a central castle, citadel or complex. In spite of possible political qualms with the Moscow Kremlin, most visitors agree that it is a beautiful place to visit. Moscow’s Red Square is an impressive and inspiring cultural destination.