Stalin’s Bunker

Meshchansky & Basmanny

A branch of the Central Museum of Armed Forces, Stalin's Bunker was built under a sports stadium in the late 1930s in anticipation of the conflict with Germany. It was later designated the ‘command centre of the Supreme commander-in-chief of Red Army’. You must make advance arrangements for a group tour of the facility, which includes the command room, dining room, an elegant marble meeting hall, and Stalin’s office and living area.

The bunker is a short walk from Izmaylovsky Market.

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