Visit Moscow’s Red Square

Red Square is an indisputable stop for all those travelers who decide to spend a vacation in Moscow. Popular belief explains that it received its name for being the favorite color of the Soviet party, Red Square has been the central square of Moscow since the 15th century. Combined with a tour of the Kremlin, a trip to the Square is an event that can go on throughout the day.

First, you will have to go through what is known as the “ Puerta de la Resurrección ”. This gate has been the entrance to Red Square since the 16th century, but it was demolished by order of Stalin so that large Soviet tanks could easily enter the area. When you start your walk, you will immediately see the Cathedral of Saint Basil , known throughout the world for its color. This was built in the 16th century by a decree signed by Ivan the Terrible.

It was restored in 2004. When you enter inside you will find a complex full of mysterious corners and a lot of artistic representations related to the Orthodox Church. Right in front of the cathedral is Lobnoye Mesto . Many believe that this area was used for executions but, in reality, it is the place where the edicts of the tsars were read, religious ceremonies were held and important public announcements were made.

The executions were carried out in Red Square, but generally took place on the hill behind Saint Basil’s Cathedral. Next visit: GUM . This is a large shopping center that runs along the Red Square. It has dozens of stores including some Christian Dior and Louis Vuitton.