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Lenin's Mausoleum, Moscow

Red Square
Russia 101000
Tel: 7 495 623 5527
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Lenin's embalmed body—or, some contend, a wax likeness—has lain in this eerie pyramid-shaped mausoleum since his death in 1924 (except for a brief removal during World War II). Although the lines are nothing compared to the hours-long waits of Soviet times, periodic rumors that Lenin will be removed and buried for good have led to an upswing in visits both by tourists and some remaining Communist true believers. Make sure to arrive early (the line usually closes at 12:30 pm). While admission is officially free, tour guides milling about have special arrangements with the police—for anywhere from $10 to $40, they can get you to the head of the line. Once there, don't tarry in front of his body (the police will shoo you on) and don't expect to capture the moment on film (visitors must check cameras as well as large bags). It's an eerie experience to be in the dusky, chilly mausoleum where Lenin's body lies on a podium, but in a strange way, it's worth seeing to understand the weight of history and what it comes to. Among those buried behind the mausoleum are Josef Stalin, Leonid Brezhnev, the writer Maksim Gorky, and John Reed, an American journalist who supported the Bolshevik Revolution.

Open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays 10 am to 1 pm, except when Red Square is closed. The mausoleum is also closed periodically, and Lenin's body is subject to maintenance.

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