It is beautifully landscaped with lots of shade trees and benches.
I really enjoyed walking through this park and wanted to share the photos.
Alexander Gardens are located along the length of the western Kremlin wall for 865 meters (2,838 ft) between Manege Square and the Kremlin.
From Wikipedia: “Towards the main entrance to the park is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with an eternal flame brought from the Field of Mars in Leningrad. Created in 1967, it contains the body of a soldier who fell during the Great Patriotic War at the kilometer 41 marker of Leningradskoe Shosse, the nearest point the forces of Nazi Germany penetrated towards Moscow. Post Number One, where the honor sentinels stand on guard, used to be located in front of Lenin’s Mausoleum, but was moved to the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier in the 1990s. “
Close up, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Eternal Flame. I got to see the changing of the guards, though I wasn’t close enough to photograph it. Surprised by the amount of goose stepping they did.
This is another day at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This is not part of the changing of the guards. This is the “redressing” of the guards. The goose stepping guy rearranges their clothing for them after the changing of the guards and periodically wipes the sweat from their faces.
In the center is a grotto built underneath the Middle Arsenal Tower. It was constructed in 1841, Its rocks are rubble from buildings destroyed during the French occupation of Moscow in 1812.
From Wikipedia: “In front of the grotto is an obelisk erected on July 10 1914, a year after the tercentenary of the Romanov dynasty was celebrated. The monument made of granite from Finland listed all of the Romanov Tsars and had the coats of arms of the (Russian) provinces. Four years later, the dynasty was gone, and the Bolsheviks (per Lenin’s directive on Monumental propaganda) removed the imperial eagle, and re-carved the monument with a list of 19 socialist and communist philosophers and political leaders, personally approved by Lenin. Originally in the Lower Garden, it was relocated to its present location in 1966. There is discussion to remove Lenin’s and reinstall an obelisk duplicating the original.”
Information plaque in the park. There’s more English than you’d expect. Though the vast majority of foreign tourists I see are Chinese, the second language is English.
Statue of Alexander I. He ordered the construction of the garden after the Napoleonic Wars, It was one of the first urban parks in Moscow. While walking in the park I overhead an American tourist say, “Oh, Napoleon!” No. Definitely not. You might want to learn a little history.
This park is built on the site for a former river which is now underground, but this “simulates” the river. According to Wikipedia: “Another innovation is the former river-bed of the Neglinnaya River, which has become a popular attraction for Muscovites and tourists alike, especially on sultry summer days. The course of the river (which now really flows underground) is imitated by a rivulet dotted with fountains and statues of Russian fairy-tale characters, as sculpted by Zurab Tsereteli.”
Technically, this is adjacent to Alexander Park. Manege Square is a large pedestrian open space