Moscow’s Red Square is on the list of Europe’s top 30 must-see sites, published by influential British newspaper The Telegraph.
The writers describe the eventful centuries-long history of the square – the site of public executions, military parades and demonstrations – and its collection of cultural landmarks: the Lenin Mausoleum, the ornate and stunning Cathedral of St Basil the Blessed, and the impressive Central Department Store, or GUM (pronounced goom).
Red Square’s collection of historical architecture ranks 14th on the list, compared to the renowned Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, at 29.
Verdon Gorge, France, leads the list. The Sagrada Familia Cathedral, Antonio Gaudi’s masterpiece in Barcelona, Spain, follows, and the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo’s masterpiece, in Vatican City, rounds out the top three.