Mystic Light over Lobnoye Mesto on Red Square
«Mystic Light over Lobnoye Mesto on Red Square»
Lobnoe Mesto is a 13 meter (43 feet) long stone platform situated on Red Square opposite Spasskie (Savior’s) Gate, in front of St. Basil’s Cathedral. The high platform behind the cast-iron lattice appeared herein the middle of 16th century. The round rostrum is made of natural ashlar and faced with white stone, which symbolizes both its role in the square and also the stone which was placed over the grave of the savior and rolled aside following his resurrection. Lobnoe Mesto (its name is derived from the Russian words for "forehead" (lob) and "place" (mesto)) was used for special occasions such as for reading the decrees of the tsars, displaying the relics intended for the Kremlin churches or announcing a death sentences on state criminals. Tsars came out here when necessary to pacify the people or secure their support. This place is associated with numerous myths and legends. However, contrary to a common belief, executions never took place in Lobnoe Mesto.
Photo #013 taken on August 13, 2013 during Moscow by Night tour with my Dear clients from USA, Gary and Paula GreggRowbury.