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“Go for Changing of the Guard”

Tomb of Unknown Soldier
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$141.35*
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Private Walking Tour: Moscow Including the Kremlin
Ranked #86 of 2,549 things to do in Moscow
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed June 5, 2013

Pros: Attractive. Pretty. Each country from Soviet Union is represented. Changing of the guards is fun to watch. Near red square.

Cons: Tomb itself isn't unique in comparison to other monuments for unknown soldiers. Crowded.

Summary: go for the changing of the guard on your way to the Red square.

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Reviewed June 2, 2013

At first I was a bit confused, but it looks real cool... there are three guards that protect this tomb. If your lucky enough you'll see them rotate shifts. A must see. To avoid crowds go early like 8am

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Reviewed May 31, 2013

Make sure you are there on the hour for the changing of the
guard. Quite an experience. Gets very Busy.

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Reviewed May 19, 2013

Be sure to be here on the hour when the guard changes. The soldiers march in traditional fashion to the monument area. This is located at the beginning of Red Square.

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Reviewed April 17, 2013

The monument is simple. The main part honors unknown soldiers who were killed defending Moscow in 1941. There is a sculpted depiction of a banner and a helmet. The other part of the monument honors "Hero cities" from 1941-45, with simple stone blocks. Each block has dirt from the respective city and has the city name carved in it. Very simple. There is also an eternal flame.

The guard changing is very simple. No elaborate and showy inspection sequence as at Arlington. An NCO brings out the 2 relief guards, posts them and marches the old guards back. That's it. But it seems to be enough. Every hour on the hour.

Once the new guards are posted, wedding couples are admitted behind the rope. They are allowed to go up to the monument and leave flowers, thanking the departed soldiers for making it possible to live today. Very touching.

Easy to find, takes 10 minutes to see it all, if that. Ceremony takes about 5 minutes if you are there on the hour.

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