Lenin’s Mausoleum is the current resting place of Vladimir Lenin, the former leader of the Soviet Union. Lenin’s embalmed body has been on display since he passed away in 1924 and his tomb has been visited by millions. Located near Red Square in the center of Moscow, the tomb is a small granite building that features elements derived from ancient mausoleums such as the Step Pyramid in Egypt and the Tomb of Cyrus the Great in Iran. Although a bit morbid, a visit to Lenin’s Mausoleum is considered a must for visitors to Moscow.
Before getting in line to visit the Mausoleum, you must check any bags and cameras in the Kutayfa tower cloakrooms. No cameras (including camera phones) are allowed inside. The line to enter the Mausoleum forms outside of the Kremlin walls. Once inside, it is quite dark and visitors are kept moving so you will only spend a few minutes inside before being ushered out.