Moscow’s famous Red Square is known as the heart and soul of Russia, and is possibly the most famous city square in the world. Located right in the center of the capital, this is the perfect place to soak up the incredible buildings that surround you. It is also an iconic reminder of the countries turbulent history, and how far it has come.
This top attraction has not always been an iconic place that people wanted to visit, however. A long time ago, the square was more of a slum, housing society’s down and outs and shanty towns, outside the boundaries of the mediaeval town. In the 1400’s, Ivan III tried to improve the area but this process took years. Unexpectedly, the name in Russian, Кра́сная пло́щадь, comes from ‘krasnyi’ which used to mean ‘beautiful’. Through time this has come to mean ‘red’ in modern Russian but nowadays, ‘beautiful’ is certainly an apt name.
The fairy-tale cathedralOnce you have made your way to the square, you just need to gaze up in amazement at the 16th century St. Basil’s Cathedral before you realize you have stepped back in time. The construction of this incredible religious monument was finalized in 1560. Sadly, most of the history around this great landmark has been lost, but there is still much urban folklore that surrounds this fairy-tale like colorful structure.
Moscow’s Red Square highlightsThe Kremlin is just steps away from Red Square and together they are listed as a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site, representing the strength of their historical and political links to Russia’s past, as far back as the 13th century. In addition to this, you will also find the Lenin Mausoleum and the red and white baroque State Historical Museum nearby. The museum contains millions of artifacts providing you with an incredible insight into the country’s great past.
Red Square and all of these fascinating attractions are within a short walk from the Radisson Royal Hotel in Moscow. So stay with us and enjoy 5 star accommodation with an enviable location.