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Resurrection Gate

This gate is known for its distinctive architecture and provides an excellent entry point to Red Square.

Start your experience in Red Square by entering through the impressive Resurrection Gate, which has a colorful history matched only by its distinctive architecture. Be sure to bring your camera; this sight is just as photogenic as other big-name attractions on Red Square, including St. Basil’s Cathedral and the Kremlin Wall. Notice the twin tall towers topped with two-headed golden eagles.

Though the gates have been demolished and resurrected a number of times, its name actually refers to the depiction of Jesus Christ’s Resurrection above the red and white building’s two archways. The gate first appeared in 1534 and was reconstructed in 1680, only to be torn down by Stalin to make way for large-scale Soviet ceremonies in the square. Gates were once again assembled between 1994 and 1995. Walk through these portals to reach all the sites of Red Square.

Notice the blue building in front of the gate as you approach Red Square. This is the Iveron Chapel. Although much smaller than the grand gates, it holds a special place in Muscovite tradition. Visitors to the square and even Russia’s rulers were encouraged to pay their respects to the chapel’s shrine on their way into Red Square. Inspect the religious art displayed on the gate as you get closer. Appreciate the two blue spires above the gates as well.

Before going into Red Square, make sure you look at the compass embedded in the ground near the chapel. This is the start of Russia’s highway network, Kilometer Zero. So, while it is the start of your journey into Red Square, it is also the starting point of a journey across Russia.

To see Resurrection Gate and other Red Square attractions, use Moscow’s metro system via Ploshchad Revolyutsii or other nearby stations. The square and Iveron Chapel are open every day.


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