The Red Square
On top of the list for most visitors to Moscow, the Red Square has been a center of activity for Muscovites for centuries. Red Square began its existence as a congregation of marginalized people who established a shantytown outside the Kremlin. Tsar Ivan III ordered the clearance of the area in the late 15th century, though it remained a popular open area, eventually turning into a marketplace. Many public demonstrations, ceremonies and processions continued to be held here.
Red Square’s prestige continued to rise with every new, lavish building constructed around it. Today, those buildings draw many tourists and have become iconic to Russia, including the world-famous St Basil’s Cathedral and the Kremlin itself.
Deep dive into Russian historyThe State Historical Museum on the Northern side of the square is well worth a visit if you want to experience Russian history in depth. There is a permanent collection with artifacts from the Stone Age to the 17th century, and another focusing on the Russian Empire through the 18th and 19th centuries. The museum’s collection contains more than 4 million objects.
A venue for concerts and performancesIn modern times, the square is still used for military processions, though less often than in the past. In addition, it also hosts a number of rock and pop music concerts, including performances by Paul McCartney, Roger Waters and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
From our hotel near the Kievskaya Metro Station, you only need to take a short ride to the Ploshchad’ Revolyutsii Sstation, from where you stroll a few minutes south until you reach Krasnaya Ploshad, which is the Russian name of the Red Square.