The memorial complex known as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is at the foot of the corner Arsenalnaya tower at the Alexander Garden. In that place the change of guard took place, the ceremony always attended by many tourists.

The idea of this complex was suggested by the head of Moscow Gorkom (city party committee), Nikolai Yegorychev, in 1965. It was decided to bury there the remains of one Russian soldier found in the Podmoskovye. But his grave was turned into a memorial dedicated to all Soviet soldiers, including the unknown ones, who were killed during World War II, but weren’t found and buried. 

It was very symbolic, so the memorial was generally approved. In 1967 the Eternal Flame was lighted in front of the tomb of the unknown soldier. In 1997 the post of the ceremonial guard was moved from the doors of the Lenin’s Mausoleum to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.