Surrounded by the red wall that gave it its name, Red Square is the majestic heart of Moscow. It contains many of Moscow's most iconic images, in particular the multihued onion domes of St. Basil Cathedral, originally built in 1561. Nearby is the Lobnoye Mesto, also known as the "place of skulls," a round rink used for public executions as well as for public appearances by religious and state leaders. The ornate GUM mall takes up one side of the square: it was built in the late 19th century, and during the Soviet Union was frequented by communist-party elites and foreigners. Today the prices at the GUM are sky-high, and the shops' wares are sold mainly to elite Russians with government ties or rich foreigners. You are free to browse, however. Across from the GUM is the mausoleum where Lenin's embalmed body still lies. Although there have been recent debates on whether Lenin should be buried, his body has not yet been moved from Red Square.
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