Red Square

 

Moscow, Russia

Interestingly, Red Square isn’t named after the communists’ favourite colour, but instead comes from a Russian word that also means beautiful and was applied to the area near the bottom of the square near the famous and dramatic St Basil’s Cathedral. On one side of the square are the walls of the Kremlin with Lenin’s tomb in front, while on the opposite side is the opulent GUM store shopping mall. At the top of the square is the State Museum and at the bottom heading towards the Moskva River is St Basil’s, which was built 1555–61, by Ivan the Terrible. The square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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