Memorial to the soldiers killed in World War 2
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Могила Неизвестного Солдата / मोगीला नेईझ्वेस्तनोगो सोल्दाता) is a war memorial, dedicated to the Soviet soldiers who died during World war 2 (called ‘The Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945’). It is located at the Kremlin Wall, just outside Red Square, in the Alexander Garden.
The centerpiece of the memorial is a platform, which consists of big plates made of polished red granite. In front of the tombstone, there is a five-pointed star in a square pit, which emanates the Eternal Flame of Glory from its center.
To the right of the tomb, there is a granite alley made of plates with encapsulated soils from the 10 hero cities which were recognised for outstanding heroism during the World War II. These cities are: Leningrad (St. Petersburg), Kiev, Stalingrad (Volgograd), Odessa, Sevastopol, Minsk, Kerch, Novorossiysk, Tula and Brest.
3 soldiers continuously stand guard at the memorial all day, regardless of the rain and the wind. They stand like statues, keeping a watch on everyone, and will blow a whistle if someone is trying to cross the boundary line. It was nice to see the changing of guards too. 3 guards come marching from the Kremlin and replace the ones standing here, nothing great, but a cute little exchange.
I went to the Red Square and the memorial on my last night in Russia too. There were no guards there at that time!