Our visit to Moscow in the summer of 2010 was in the midst of a heat wave. Not just any heat wave, mind you. It was the very worst heat wave for the area in recorded history. According to this article, western Russia basically erupted into flames at around the time our flight lifted off the tarmac in late July.
I’m telling you this, because I’m reminiscing… and it’s all flooding back as I look at these pretty darn cool (wait, no, HOT) pictures of Red Square.
Upon our arrival in Moscow, we basically made a beeline for Red Square. Having grown up believing it was an inaccessible site to folks like us, this was THE most exciting aspect of Moscow. We couldn’t wait to check it out for ourselves!
I think this might be a statue of Stalin… but I thought Stalin was stockier than that?
State Historical Museum. Check it out, the left side is higher than the right. Red Square is on a hill!
G.U.M. luxury shopping centre… built in 1893 commissioned by Catharine the Second, its original goal was to build communism through consumerism. You read that right.
Outside wall of the Kremlin. (Don’t try to sit on the grass there. It will not go well.)
Me & St. Basil’s Cathedral. Looks like I’m near an ice cream stand or a dollhouse.
It’s so pretty and whimsical. Kind of interesting that it was built by Ivan the Terrible.
I could spend a very long time looking up at this. No wonder we took so many pictures of it!
We found ourselves drawn back to Red Square again and again during our stay in Moscow. We’d look around and think of all the events that have transpired right there. It’s been a vital site in Russian history dating back to the 13th century, and was the first places in the U.S.S.R. that were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Execution of Streltsy by Tsar Peter I in Red Square, 1698 (painted 1881)
Red Square: G.U.M. on the left, St. Basil’s straight ahead, and the Kremlin and Lenin’s mausoleum on the right.
Crazy fact about St. Basil’s: apparently Stalin’s associate, a guy named Lazar, proposed they remove the striking cathedral in order to make room for parades and whatnot. However, Stalin would have none of that nonsense. Thank goodness.
That’s all I have to say for now! Erin out. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.