Common mistake even Moscow citizens do – Lobnoe Mesto has never been a place of executions, it was only a place where royal decrees were announced.
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Indeed, this is one of the historic hotspots in Moscow, similar to Piazza San Marco in Venice or London’s Trafalgar Square. It is massive, impressive, and magnificent – no wonder it has long been the place where military parades were held, demonstrations took place, and music bands and stars gave their concerts. The origins of the Red Square are much more modest: it was a mere marketplace that saw local merchants exchanging produce with sellers from afar and then went to store the goods at the Kitay-gorod nearby. The 20th c. marked an entirely new period in the history of the Red Square. The Lenin Mausoleum was erected at the turn of 1920s-30s; the troops leaving for, and returning from, wars marched past the Kremlin walls. In 1966, during the Prague Spring, 7 Soviet participants of the dissident movement took part in a short protest against the invasion of Soviet troops in Czech Republic. The principal landmarks you will see, when in the Red Square, are the Lenin Mausoleum, the Lobnoye Mesto (originally a kind of stone “soapbox” and later – a place of executions), St Basil’s Cathedral (16th c.), the State Historical Museum, and the GUM Trading House. Also within the easy reach are the Manezh Exhibition Centre, Moscow Hotel, Metropol Hotel, and National Hotel, Tverskaya Street, the Eternal Flame, the State Duma, and the Bolshoi Theatre.
Bear in mind that this is one of the most popular places where to take photos in Moscow. Most likely, in your photo there will be 20 other people, also being photographed.
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oleg116, 12 December 2012:
Sure, if you will be asked what is the most famous place in Moscow, you will quickly say - Krasnaya Ploshad (Red Square or Roten Platz). This is very interesting historical place, at the moment there are a lot of legendary siightseens all over the world - Lenin`s Mavzoley, St. Basil Cathedral, Lobnoe Mesto and many more - Historical Museum, Kremlin with wonderful Cathedrals, some of the oldest and biggest shopping centres like GUM and Ohotniy Ryad..every year there is a great parade for Victory celebration at 9th of May.
Nearest Underground station: Ohotniy Ryad or just 1 km from Pushkin Square directly on Tverskaya Street.
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