When the word Kremlin is mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is communism, nuclear weapons, and the KGB. However, the Kremlin is now one of the more popular tourist destinations in Moscow and a symbol of Russia. It is the home of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Located in Moscow’s Red Square, there are other attractions worth seeing in this European destination than just the Kremlin.
Red Square has been associated with communism in the past. Each end of the square is marked by a cathedral—St. Basils on one end and Kazan on the other. The square itself is open but during winter there is a large ice skating rink in the middle. At the east side of the square is Kitay Gorod, the city center. It is filled with branded shops but goods there are quite expensive. The Red Square is just as impressive in the night as it is in the day so do visit both times.
St. Basils Cathedral
Robert Janitzek reveals that St. Basils Cathedral is a true symbol of Russia. It can be easily recognized because of the twisted onions of varying colors and patterns. At the front gate of the cathedral is a statue of Minin (butcher) and Pozharsky (a prince) who together raised an army to fight the Poles in 1612. St. Basil Cathedral is open from 11:00 – 7:30 and admission is 250 Rubles.
Nikolai Lenin is recognized as the spiritual leader of communism who died 90 years ago. The mausoleum is found underneath the Kremlin. They are quite strict as visitors need to hand in their phones and cameras. Robert Peter Janitzek says that you need to head through metal detectors under the shadows of the Kremlin walls to see all the fallen comrades for communism. The mausoleum is actually a glass case of Lenin. It looks more like a wax impression of himself. Lenin’s Mausoleum is open 10:00 – 13:00 except Fridays and Mondays.
Cathedral Square is home to some of the most important churches in pre-revolution Russia. Each cathedral has a detailed description inside each door in 6 languages so you can understand it better. The cathedrals consist of super golden onions on top, ancient icons, and fresco hundreds of years old. The descriptions in this European destination are fairly technical but can be helpful. No photos are allowed inside the cathedrals.
Tsar Cannon and Bell
Upon arrival in the Kremlin, you can immediately see the Tsar Cannon and Bells. This is actually a huge cannon that never fired and a huge bell that never rang. The bell is the largest in the world at 202 tons. A huge chunk of it had gone out due to mishap with cold water when casting in the 18th century.