Interesting Facts On Red Square Moscow

Krasnaya Ploshchad is referred to as the Red Square is located in Moscow, Russia. It has been named originally for its loveliness, with Krasnaya or ‘red’ in old Russian language meaning ‘Red’. However, it is presently known more as an important political symbol. This plaza is said to have drawn crowds, right from the time of its being a shantytown during the 1400s. The square, according to the Russians, is said to be the rulers, ranging from Ivan – The Terrible to that of Vladimir Putin’s front yard. It is indeed Russia’s beating heart and hence, termed to be among the city’s amazing architectural jewels. It also includes the onion domes of St. Basil’s and crenellated Kremlin walls.
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Fascinating facts on Red Square Moscow

  • The Soviet airspace in 1987 was penetrated by Mathias Rust, as he used a street map for navigation purpose to land on the Red Square. He managed to land his Cessna on a closeby bridge trying to avoid endangering the lives of those gathered at the square.
  • Geometrics: Originally, the square is a rectangle that sprawls around 800,000 sq. ft.
  • A suicide bomber (Chechen rebel bomber) in December 2003 blew herself at the square entrance while killing 5 people.
  • The first dictator of the erstwhile Soviet Union, Vladimir Lenin’s body (died on 1924) had been put up on display in a granite tomb flanking the square since 1930.
  • Two masterpieces of the square are only two decades old. In 1936, Joseph Stalin had blown up the Kazan Cathedral. Using old blueprints, it got rebuilt after the Soviet state had collapsed. In 1931, the Resurrection Gates were removed to enable tanks to enter easily. It was restored back in 1994.
  • The Tsar’s brick tower, located atop Kremlin walls might appear to be some fairytale castle. The truth is that it does have ominous origins. Ivan the Terrible, five centuries ago used the tower to spy upon all his subjects. The tower was previously a wooden turret.
  • Although the square is regarded to be the main symbolic centre of the country, there is only one statue, depicting Prince Dmitry Pozharsky and Kuzma Minin. There were patriots, who in 1612 had defeated the invading Poles.
  • GUM (Victorian Gosudarstveny Universalny Magazin) was opened up in the square in 1893 and boasted of having over 1,000 shops. Presently, it is a fabulous outlet to shop for luxury items.

These interesting facts are sure to compel any traveller to visit Red Square at least once.
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