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Lenin's Mausoleum, former Soviet Parliament building behind, Red Square, Russia

Lenin’s Mausoleum also known as Lenin’s Tomb, situated in Red Square in Moscow, is the mausoleum that serves as the current resting place of Vladimir Lenin. His embalmed body has been on public display there since shortly after his death in 1924 (with rare exceptions in wartime).

Two policemen walk past the Facade of Lenin's Mausoleum, Red Square, Russia

Aleksey Shchusev’s diminutive but monumental granite structure incorporates some elements from ancient mausoleums, such as the Step Pyramid and the Tomb of Cyrus the Great. More than 10 million people visited Lenin’s tomb between 1924 and 1972. The design was an inspiration  or the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi, Vietnam See Images here

Saint Basil's Cathedral, Kremlin and Lenin's Mausoleum, Red Square, Russia

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Facade of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum "Chủ tịch Hồ Chí Minh" inscribed across it, meaning "President Ho Chi Minh" , Ba Dinh Square Hanoi, Vietnam

The Hồ Chí Minh Mausoleum (Vietnamese: Lăng Chủ tịch Hồ Chí Minh) is a large memorial to the Vietnamese leader in Hanoi, Vietnam. It is located in the center of Ba Dinh Square, which is the place where Ho read the Declaration of Independence on September 2, 1945, establishing the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. Built 1973-1975. Ho Chi Minh’s body is preserved in the cooled, central hall of the mausoleum, with a military honor guard.

Entrance to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum with guard of honor , Ba Dinh Square Hanoi, Vietnam

The Totalitarian / Stalinist mausoleum was inspired by Lenin’s Mausoleum in Moscow (see images) and is contextual to the extent that the roof lines and peristyle vaguely recall traditional houses. The exterior is made of gray granite, while the interior is gray, black, and red polished stone. The mausoleum’s portico has the words “Chủ tịch Hồ Chí Minh” inscribed across it, meaning “President Ho Chi Minh” inlaid from crimson stone gem of Cao Bang.

Two platforms with seven steps for parade viewing. flanking the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ba Dinh Square, Hanoi, Vietnam

Construction materials were brought from all over the country and the Soviet Union also sent two thousand slabs of marble and polished marble to decorate the tomb. The structure is 21.6 metres high and 41.2 metres wide. Flanking the mausoleum are two platforms with seven steps for parade viewing.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Ba Dinh Square, Hanoi, Vietnam

The Mausoleum is designed to have high durability against the bombing and earthquake. There are also special protection against floods and the glass coffin is built to withstand large mechanical force and “special accommodations” are in place to keep the corpse safe in case of war.

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Photography © Quintin Lake, 2010

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