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Russia Attractions

Attractions in (or reasonably accessible from) Russia:

Red Square

Attraction Type: Public Square/Public Place
Red Square is the heart of Moscow and the often the first destination for most visitors to the city. Surrounded by St. Basil's Cathedral, the State History Museum, Lenin's Mausoleum and one of the Kremlin's long brick walls, the Red Square is the centre point for attractions in Moscow. The cobbles that make up the square are black and not red; the name comes from another gloss of the Russian word "krasniy", meaning "beautiful". The buildings surrounding the Square are all significant in some respect. Lenin's Mausoleum, for example, contains the embalmed body of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, the founder of the Soviet Union. Nearby to the south is the elaborate brightly-domed Saint Basil's Cathedral and the palaces and cathedrals of the Kremlin. On the E side of the square is the GUM department store, and next to it the restored Kazan Cathedral. The N side is occup...


Attraction Type: Castle / Palace
The Moscow Kremlin ('Kremlin' meaning "fortress", "citadel" or "castle" and refers to any major fortified central complex found in historic Russian cities), is Russia's presidential administration. Outside Russia, the name "Kremlin" is sometimes mistakenly thought of as being Saint Basil's Cathedral because of its distinctive environment, although this is not a part of the Moscow Kremlin. This giant Moscow Kremlin cannot be missed and the diamond collection in the Armoury is worth a visit on its own. There are several stunning churches that also warrant a visit. Most tourists choose one or two buildings to go inside, then enjoy the rest from the gardens. Also popular is the ballet in the Conference Centre which has some very cheap matinee performances (and you can change seats in the interval). There are also rotating exhibitions which c...

St Basil's Cathedral

Attraction Type: Religious Building
St Basil's Cathedral is a Russian cathedral erected on the Red Square in Moscow in 1555–1561. Built on the order of Ivan IV of Russia to commemorate the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan, it marks the geometric centre of the city and the hub of its growth since the 14th century. It was the tallest building in Moscow until the completion of the Ivan the Great Bell Tower in 1600. The building's design has no analogues in Russian architecture and isn't like any other Russian building. The cathedral foreshadowed the climax of Russian national architecture in the 17th century but has never been reproduced directly. The cathedral has operated as a division of the State Historical Museum since 1928. It was completely secularized in 1929 and, as of 2009, remains a federal property of the Russian Federation. The cathedral has been part of the Moscow Kremlin and Red Square UNESCO World He...

State Hermitage Museum

Attraction Type: Museum
The Hermitage Museum (Winter Palace) is Saint Petersburg's prime attraction, a massive palace type museum showing the highlights of a collection of over 3,000,000 pieces spanning the globe. The Hermitage is truly one of the world's great museums, with an imposing setting displaying priceless works by Rembrandt, Da Vinci, Michealangelo, Reubens and more. It is recommended, though not required!, to get a tour guide. They can charge as much as $100 but they can tell you more about the building and the items and take you directly to the items you want to see. Ticketing is complex, but the Hermitage itself is around 100 rubles for Russians and around 350 rubles for foreigners. Students of all nationalities get in for free, but don't forget your student card with photo! The collections occupy a large complex of six historic buildings along Palace Embankment, including the ...