Moscow Guide: The Lenin Mausoleum

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Lenin Mausoleum - Private Guided Tours


When I was a child everyone was obligated to visit one of the most important symbol of Soviet Union – Lenin Mausoleum. During my Pioneer Initiation in 1990 my class was taken by our teacher to this place. We were frightened to see the dead corpse of the old man but that was one of the most important thing (as we were told) in our life. Today let us look inside Lenin Mausoleum to see what it is made of and how it works.

The tomb of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin or Lenin Mausoleum is an iconic masterpiece of Soviet architecture, now it is part of the protected UNESCO World Heritage Site on The Red Square in Moscow.

The first (made of wood) project of mausoleum was opened on January 27, 1924 near Senate Tower of Moscow Kremlin on the Red Square. This first mausoleum was a truncated pyramid and had got Г-shaped annexes on the both sides. The present-day Lenin Mausoleum was built in 1930. The brick walls of the building have a facing of polished marble, labradorite, porphyry and granite. The Lenin Mausoleum is 24 meters long and 12 meters high.

In 1953-1961 in the Mausoleum also was the mummified body of Joseph Stalin and Mausoleum got the new name as The Lenin and Stalin Mausoleum.

Nowadays Lenin Mausoleum is opened to public. Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10.00 am till 01.00 pm. To get to the Mausoleum you need to pass the checkpoint near Nikolskaya Tower of Moscow Kremlin. It is prohibited to bring inside the Mausoleum: cameras, cell phones, bags, backpacks, bottles. Free admission. Inside the Lenin’s Mausoleum you shouldn’t speak and take off your headdress (only for men). Also it is forbidden to keep your hands in your pockets.

  • Location: Red Square
  • Operation Hours: 10.00am-01.00pm; Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat
  • Admission Fee: Free of charge

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