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GUM Department Store (Glavny Universalny Magazin)

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Address: Red Square, 3 | Metro Ploshchad Revolyutsii, Moscow, Russia
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Phone Number: 495 788-4343
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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The largest department store in Russia, dating back to the days of the...

The largest department store in Russia, dating back to the days of the tsars, is located opposite the Kremlin in Red Square.

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Only a mall, but so much more...

The location - right on Red Square - is incredible. Inside, the stores are of the highest quality, with a Russian flavor. The supermarket on the ground floor was very enjoyable... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Granbury, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The location - right on Red Square - is incredible. Inside, the stores are of the highest quality, with a Russian flavor. The supermarket on the ground floor was very enjoyable. And then, on the top floor, there is what looks like a cafeteria, but is actually a high end lunch establishment like the Party members used to go to.... More 

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Toronto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Briefly strolled through the store while touring the Red Square. The design is attractive, although debatable from the usability standpoint. No store maps/schemes - how one would know where a particular store is located? Why do you have to sacrifice walking place to give more room to the flowers, so that people bump into each other all the time? And... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a lovely late nineteenth-century building with three levels of shops, mostly high end international fashion brands. There are also some souvenir shops selling expensive porcelain or arty tee-shirts, an Apple store, a cinema and several cafes and canteens. A useful tip is that the 'historic' toilets in the basement cost a small amount to use (and are immaculately... More 

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Mold, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited just after the flower festival and it was awash with flowers we had lunch inside and it was not too expensive considering, the building is well worth avisit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Very expensive high brands. Lovely Restaurants and bars. Attached to the Red Square makes it very famous.

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Barranquilla, Colombia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We stayed at a block from the red square and the gum was our once a day activity. I really loved the architecture and in sept it was illuminated. I recommend not missing it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You should walk through this place just to see the archtecture. That said, the stores are extremely high end. There is a food section that contains anything you might want: wine, cheese, bread, meat, etc.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

From the outside you cannot tell there is a mall inside, a modern mall. Interesting architecture, I was told it was originally built as a 'mall'( shopping area). Ice cream seems to be the popular thing.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Bulding is nice from the outside and even nicer from the inside. We were overwhelmed when we entered the mall :-) From my point of view it is not very much for shopping - overpiced. In the night it is lighted too much. It doesn´t fit in very well with Red Squere.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

GUM has a interesting history, being the place where people went during Soviet times to buy clothing and household goods. Today it has been renovated into a high end mall. If you can look past the glitz of the shops, you can see some of the walkways in the upper levels. The best view is the outside especially at night... More 

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Red Square & Kitay-gorod
This small yet important neighbourhood is full of state institutions and offices. To understand where modern Russia began, go to the Kremlin and State Historical Museum on Red Square. After satisfying your historical curiosities, indulge in modern pleasures at GUM Department Store - not just for the sake of shopping but for the sake of architectural pleasure as well.