Red Square: The Heart of Russia

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    31 Aug 2015
    Clock 10min      Length0mi
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    Tourdescription About the audio tour

    This walk explores the Red Square, a historical complex in the heart of Moscow. It is so called not because of the colour of its walls. The word "red" in Russian originally also meant "beautiful."

    In the Soviet Union period, this was the centre of the socialist cult. Today the complex serves as the official residence of the President.

    Along the way, you'll see cathedrals, museums, churches, 20 towers, several monuments, a mausoleum and the toniest store of Moscow. You'll also see the Moscow Kremlin, the one-time official tsar residence.

    Majorlandmarks Major Landmarks

    The State Historical Museum, Saint Basil's Cathedral, the GUM Department Store

    Startingpoint Directions to starting point

    The nearest Moscow Metro stations to Red Square are: Okhotny Ryad and Biblioteka Imeni Lenina (Sokolnicheskaya Line), Arbatskaya (Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya Line), Alexandrovsky Sad (Filyovskaya Line) and Borovitskaya (Serpukhovsko-Timiryazevskaya Line).

    Tips Tips

    Places to stop along the way:

    The State Historical Museum, Kilometer Zero, The Mausoleum, Saint Basil's Cathedral, GUM, Bosco Cafe, Spasskaya tower

    Best time to walk:

    Early morning, from Monday to Friday.

    Precautions:

    Keep an eye on your belongings, and don't buy any souvenirs here. The traditional items are quite ordinary but the prices here are extremely high. Keep your ID card with you.

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