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“Overpowering - all those parades!” 5 of 5 stars
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Red Square (Krasnaya ploshchad)
Krasnaya ploshchad, Moscow, Russia
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Ranked #10 of 1,525 Attractions in Moscow
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Red Square, once the site of executions and military parades, sits smack in the middle of Moscow, bounded on one side by the Kremlin walls and Lenin's tomb and on the other by GUM, the country's largest department store.
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“Overpowering - all those parades!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

I stood in the middle of Red Square and it was one of those "pinch me" moments. I don't think anyone of a certain age could stand where I stood and not be deeply moved by the experience. Perhaps that applies to everyone I can't say. The place itself is very impressive without all the overtones of the memory of scratchy B&W film showing ICBMs, tanks and political leaders! The irony of the GUM department store directly opposite the Kremlin - maybe not so much in the past as GUM was a branch of government - now its a large - very large - aggregation of designer shops

Go in the day and go in the night - the lighting is stunningly good - walk through from the northern side up an incline and St Basil's is revealed (wow!) walk through the square with the Kremlin on your right and down the hill to the Moscow River and see the River and Kremlin walls from the bridge - quite a place!

April was warmer than we expected - there was still snow on the ground but the sun was warme - it gets pretty cold in the evening so go prepared!

There are toilets in the GUM building!

Wear sensible shoes - the cobbles in the square might be difficult otherwise

Visited April 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

An aboslute must. This was my second time to Red Square and its simply wonderful, I have yet to actually enter St Basils but just from the outside its wonderful.

Visited April 2013
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“Incredible and not to be missed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Red square was a place I never dreamed if visiting but was fortunate enough to see on a recent business trip. We took a train from the airport and though it took awhile was better than auto traffic. It was so much more grand and colorful than I ever imagined. Seeing these iconic buildings and thinking back in the history was almost overwhelming.

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“Red Square at sunrise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

I was born a Cold War baby, and growing up, Russia was a very distant and strange place, filled with mystery and danger. When I finally got the chance to visit Moscow, a sense of being watched at all times and an underbelly of intrigue was still very present, but nothing on the entire trip compared to walking through Red Square at sunrise. It was majestic, overwhelming, and impossible to replicate anywhere else on the planet. Go. Dress warm. You'll thank me.

Visited November 2012
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“The perfect place to photograph and become part of history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Strong and bold,expansive and cold relating to military parades and the communist era,once there,it is left to your own interpretation of what really the square is all about,I took time to visit on a wet damp and stormy day and became depressed however visiting a few days later the square was alive with people talking,laughing and taking endless photographs,there is indeed a hidden beauty there and it depends on your own points of view but it has to be part of your visit to Moscow.

Visited September 2013
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