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You'll know when you've arrived by the huge line of tourists, but you still have to see this!

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Lenin's Mausoleum

The tribute to Lenin par excellence.

At the foot of the Kremlin on Red Square, there's a 24-hour guard to watch and make sure that nothing happens to the embalmed body of Lenin. A wooden mausoleum was made initially in 1924, but then in 1929, the architect, Aleksei Shchusev, was responsible for changing the materials so that Lenin's body was well protected. You can't miss this, and you'll know the exact location, as there is always a large queue of tourists waiting to go inside, but it's usually a quick visit, once you're in. An interesting fact is that the mausoleum was reopened in April, 2005 following years of rumours and controversy on the destiny of Lenin's body, and in principle this is how it will stay in the future. The opening times are from 10am to 1pm, and it's closed on Mondays and Fridays.



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