The Soviet-era architecture is unmistakably ugly. No photos of it here! But, the Russians have taken good care of their older buildings.
St. Basil's (left)
stands at the end of Red Square. On the two long sides of the square are the GUM department store (below, left)
and the Kremlin with Lenin's tomb. (below, right)
During the Soviet era, the GUM department store (below, left)
was noted for its lack of goods. Today, it features international brands like Reebok and Victoria's Secret.
Lenin's tomb, (below)
just outside the walls of the Kremlin and across Red Square from GUM, is only open on specified days. Admission is carefully controlled and no cameras are allowed inside.