Mike, our built-in tour guide, had a few places he wanted to visit today. Lead the way!
This was just up the street from our hotel. The building in the background with the green screen is the KGB headquarters. When Viktoria was with us yesterday, she commented how this was always a very scary area during Communist times. I think it still made her shudder.
The beautiful, stunning St. Basil's Cathedral was built between 1554-1561, taking the traditional Russian onion domes to the extreme. Churches in Russia were often built to celebrate military victories and this one was built to celebrate Ivan the Terrible's victory over the Tatars. Under each dome is a chapel.
The group Pussy Riot staged an anti-Putin performance here in 2012.
This gate looked interesting...