Abrikosov. He was given just three days to
complete its construction. The tomb was built
to enable people to say their last goodbyes to
Lenin. Five days after Lenin’s death, it was
decided to place the tomb by the Kremlin Wall
in Red Square. More than 100, 000 people
visited the tomb within a month and a half.
By October 1930 the tomb had been enlarged
using a variety of materials, such as marble,
granite and labradorite. It is an impressive
structure, influenced by the great pyramids
and the tombs of the Middle East.
As the mausoleum is only open three days a
week (Tuesday-Thursday) for a few hours each
morning, people normally have to wait in a
long queue to see Lenin. Many place a single
flower in front of him to pay their last
respects. It is strictly forbidden to take
photographs or talk while inside.
However, Lenin is considered to be a controversial figure, and many people believe that his body should be removed from Red Square and buried.