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Red Square

Listed under Historic Streets and Squares in Moscow, Russia.

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Could this be the world’s as well as Russia’s most famous square? Possibly. It is known the world over because of the buildings on its edges: the Kremlin, the iconic onion domes of St. Basils and Lenin’s Mausoleum then Kazan Cathedral and the State Historical Museum. The square itself is empty save the statue of Dimitry Pozharsky who was a hero of the war with Poland in the 17th Century.

Always a main meeting place for the people of Moscow the square gained extra significance during the Soviet era when prolific political addresses and marches were held here. For Western visitors, the square is not called red because of communism or because of the colour of the bricks but because the Russian word can also be used in the ancient translation for the word beautiful, which was the original local name for St. Basil’s Cathedral.

Written by  Arnesta Szarkor.

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