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Kremlin Wall Necropolis

Kremlin Wall Necropolis (June 2013)

Located behind the Lenin Mausoleum is a necropolis which serves as the final resting place for some of the most famous figures of the Soviet Union.  Immediately behind the mausoleum are 12 graves holding the bodies of Konstantin Chernenko, Semyon Budyonny, Kliment Voroshilov, Andrey Zhdanov, Mikhail Frunze, Yakov Sverdlov, Leonid Brezhnev, Feliks Dzerzhinsky, Yuri Andropov, Mikhail Kalinin, Iosef Stalin and Mikhail Suslov.  Each grave is topped with a bust of the person and it is not unusual to see flowers there, even on Stalin's grave.  Behind this there are mass graves for people who died during the revolution.  Finally the Kremlin wall itself holds the ashes of other notable people including among many others: Sergey Kirov, Maksim Gorky, Maria Ulyanova (Lenin's sister), Nadezhda Krupskaya (Lenin's wife), Sergey Korolev, Yuri Gargarin and Marshal Zhukov.  The necropolis is only accessible after visiting the Lenin Mausoleum.

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Location Red Square
Metro Okhotny Ryad, Ploschad Revolyutsi
Clock 10:00 - 13:00. Closed Mondays, Fridays and Sundays.