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“Architecturally interesting but the idea of the place is morbid”
Review of Lenin's Mausoleum

Lenin's Mausoleum
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$35.50*
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Small-Group Moscow City Walking Tour
Ranked #50 of 2,396 things to do in Moscow
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The embalmed body - or possibly a wax likeness - of this notorious 20th-century Russian leader is viewable inside this large stone mausoleum, where a certain decorum for visitors is strictly enforced.
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“Architecturally interesting but the idea of the place is morbid”
Reviewed February 22, 2014

You don't you have to go inside to get some enjoyment from this place, it's on Red Square and you can admire the innovative Constructivist architecture well enough from the outside. There used to be long lines of people waiting to go in to pay homage to this Soviet father of his country, but interestingly enough when the USSR fell, the lines disappeared. It might have had something to do with the fact that schools and factories stopped busing their students and workers in for mandatory visits and homages to Lenin. As far as going in to view the body, I can't imagine why one would want to see a 100-year-old preserved corpse on display. And if it isn't Lenin's body (it looks like a wax replica) what's the point? They almost buried this thing during Yeltsin's administration but never managed to get it done. It's worth a visit if you like creepy stuff.

Visited March 2013
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“Surprisingly moving”
Reviewed February 6, 2014

Lenin's Mausoleum stands on the southwest side of Red Square just outside the walls of the Moscow Kremlin. Behind the structure lies the Kremlin Wall Necropolis where many notable Soviets, including Stalin, are interred, some in the ground and many more cremated and resting in the wall itself. Visiting these graves with Russian friends was fascinating as they were able to identify and tell a bit of history about many of the figures. The self-guided walk through the tomb includes access to both.
There is no entrance fee, but you are not allowed to bring backpacks, cameras, phones with cameras, or video cameras into the tomb. You must check these items for a small fee prior to entering the site. It is not open every day, and on days when it is working it is open only for limited hours. We were there in early February 2014, and the hours posted outside the mausoleum (which appeared to be accurate) noted visiting hours as 10am to 1pm, closed on Mondays and Fridays.
Lenin looks quite well for an almost century old corpse, reflecting the level of value (and effort) placed on this important Soviet figure. A solemn ambience still permeates the site, but the era of long lines of Soviet citizens waiting to pay their respects is gone. At least half of the people in the line were foreigners. The Russian ambivalence to the site seems to echo the on-going national processing of the Soviet era and subsequent turbulence of the transition to a capitalist economy.

Visited February 2014
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“Impressive!”
Reviewed February 3, 2014

It was really good idea to visit Mausoleum when we came to Red square.
We got there very easy, not such a long line we had to stand, as it was very cold.
It was a strange feeling to see Lenin's embalmed body which looks like real and in really good shape. Pity that you could not take pictures of him, but it was worth visiting. Don't miss it if you are in Moscow!

Visited February 2014
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“History - You have to do this if in Moscow”
Reviewed February 2, 2014

Within the last couple of years, there was a vote in Russia as to whether the Lenin Mausoleum should be maintained or whether Lenin should be removed and buried next to his mother, in St Petersburg. The vote was a narrow one, with the local people voting by 51% for the mausoleum to be kept - so, with a borderline vote like this one, if you are in Moscow, you simply have to go. Yes, its a pain to queue when its -15 degrees outside and yes, you can't take bags in and men can't wear hats etc, and the guards are unbelievably rude, but its 90 years this year since Lenin died and who knows if the site will be there in 10 years. My view is that its only 40 roubles (less that £1) to put your bag in the storage facility, I had to queue for less than 10 minutes and therefore, its not that inconvenient, so just go. I couldn't imagine missing out on the history of this site. Just make sure that you know the opening times as its not every day - Monday its shut and its only opening form 10 a.m. to 1p.m. When you go in, you have to get accustomed to the light - its very dim, so be careful. As you go down the steps, there are no handrails and I did take a couple of seconds to get used to the light. There are guards everywhere and well, no talking etc. No hands in pockets either. But this is where the great Marxist supporting/Bolshevik leader is buried. If you stand there, look and think that this man led the Bolsheviks and the October 1917 revolution, its a spine tingling kind of moment. Go just for that alone.

Visited February 2014
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“Worth a Visit”
Reviewed January 24, 2014

The actual experience is very short, as you queue to leave you bags in a cloakroom, walk through a metal detector, then walk single file down to the Mausoleum. You enter, walk down some steps into a dark room, in the middle of which in a lit area, lies the body of one of the most influential leaders in the world! You must keep walking as there is a constant stream of people filing through in single file. I would recommend it, leaves you a bit shellshocked when you emerge into reality again!

Visited October 2013
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