Red Square

Красная Площадь

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Okhotny Ryad
15 min by walk

Red Square is the main square of Moscow and all Russia, and an integral part of the ensemble of the Moscow Kremlin at all stages of its existence. Its name does not originate from the pigment of the surrounding bricks nor from the link between the color red and communism. Rather, the name came about because the Russian word krasnaya can mean either “red” or “beautiful”. It was the site of various public ceremonies and proclamations, and occasionally a coronation for Russia’s Tsars would take place. The buildings surrounding the Square are all significant in some respect. Lenin’s Mausoleum, for example, contains the embalmed body of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, the founder of the Soviet Union.