December 2, 2013
Inspiration Bank: The Red Square
During the summer of 2013 I took a 2 week trip through Europe. The first part of the trip took place in Russia. Upon landing in Moscow we went directly to our apartment. I'm not going to lie, after the taxi ride to our place I was a firm believer that Moscow has some of the craziest traffic I have ever seen. It seemed like complete anarchy, but the traffic system worked in an odd way.
During the harrowing ride into the city, I saw how diverse architecture in the city was. Greek Orthodox Churches stood next to Stalin-era buildings. The extremes of the architecture show how the city has its roots deep in the past. Despite how odd this was, it added richness to the city that I have found nowhere else.
The view from our apartment only exemplified the juxtaposition of the city. We were staying in an old Stalin-era apartment building that was right against an old church and part of the Kremlin in the distance.
We made it to the Red Square with relative ease. The tunnels running underneath the major roads took some getting used to, but once we arrived I was over whelmed by the sheer scale of the place! I had seen photos of Red Square before, but they were no comparison to it in person. The Red Square was meant to shock and awe, and that it did. If there is anything the Russians know how to do, it's go above and beyond when it comes to everything.
There was a big mirror box that was being created. We found out that it was related to a fashion show. The mirror is captured in the photo above. It makes Red Square look even bigger, not that it needs to look any bigger!
Lenin's Mausoleum is the midway point in the Red Square. To the left is St. Basil's Cathedral and to the right are Resurrection Gate and the Iberian Chapel.
We made it to the other end of the Red Square to see St. Basil's Cathedral. I had seen pictures of the cathedral before. But I was not prepared for how stunning the cathedral was.
I had found out that the church used to be much smaller. Over the centuries parts expansions were built onto the church. This type of building reminds me of what I talked about earlier in the article. Russian culture has a strong link to its past. This was my favorite thing that I experienced during my trip to Moscow.