Lubyanka Square

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Lubyanka Square
Lubyanka Square1.jpg
Native nameЛубянская площадь (Russian)
Central Administrative Okrug
Tverskoy District
Postal code101000
Nearest metro station#1 Sokolnicheskaya line Lubyanka
Coordinates55°45′34″N 37°37′37″E / 55.75944°N 37.62694°E / 55.75944; 37.62694

Lubyanskaya Square (Russian: Лубянская площадь, Lubyanskaya ploshchad'), or simply Lubyanka in Moscow lies about 900 metres (980 yd) north-east of Red Square. History first records its name in 1480, when Grand Prince Ivan III of Moscow, who had conquered Novgorod in 1471, settled many Novgorodians in the area. They built the church of St Sophia, modelled after St Sophia Cathedral in Novgorod, and called the area Lubyanka after the Lubyanitsa street of their native city.


The square was renamed Dzerzhinsky Square for many years (1926–1990) in honor of the founder of the Soviet security service Felix Dzerzhinsky.

Square center[edit]

A fountain used to stand in front of the building, at the center of the Lubyanka Square. In 1958, the fountain at the center of the Lubyanka Square was replaced by an 11-ton statue of Felix Dzerzhinsky ("Iron Felix"), founder of the Cheka, made by Yevgeny Vuchetich.[1]

On October 30, 1990, the Memorial organization erected the Solovetsky Stone, a monument to the victims of the Gulag, a simple stone from the Solovki prison camp in the White Sea. In 1991 the statue of Dzerzhinsky was removed by liberal protesters following the failure of the coup attempt against Mikhail Gorbachev, and the square's original name was officially restored.

Lubyanka Building[edit]

Lubyanka Square is best known for the monumental Lubyanka Building, designed by Aleksandr V. Ivanov [ru] and constructed from 1897 to 1898. Originally built for the insurance company Rossiya, it later became better known for housing the headquarters of the KGB in its various incarnations. As of 2016 the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) occupies the building.

Detsky Mir[edit]

Opposite the FSB building stands the massive Central Children's Store, known by its historical name of Detsky Mir (Russian: Де́тский мир, "Children World"), Europe's largest children's store, built between 1953 and 1957,[2] and fully restored in 2014. It hosts in its main atrium the world's largest mechanical clock movement: Raketa Monumental.[3][4][5]


The Moscow Metro station Lubyanka operates under Lubyanka Square.



  1. ^ RIR; Romendik, Dmitriy (2014-02-11). "The dark history of Lubyanka". Retrieved 2020-08-09.
  2. ^ Richardson, Dan (2001). The Rough Guide to Moscow. Rough Guides. ISBN 978-1-85828-700-3.
  3. ^ Weaver, Courtney (26 March 2015). "Do not advertise a past dark with pain". The Financial Times. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  4. ^ Ilya Khrennikov (31 March 2015). "Hamleys Moscow Store Transcends Toy Retailer's London Flagship". Bloomberg. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Механические часы В ЦДМ на Лубянке производства ПЧЗ "Ракета" - Русские часы: Ракета / Russian Watches: Raketa". Archived from the original on 5 September 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2015.

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