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Old October 16th, 2005, 07:49 AM   #1
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Moscow :classic walks - part 7 - Between Tverskaya and New Arbat

Time for another Moscow walk This one will lead us through old quarters of central Moscow between the Tverskaya and New Arbat streets:

We start our walk at Triumfalnaya Square at the intersection of the Garden Ring and Tverskaya Street. One of the landmarks of this square is the statue of the poet Vladimir Mayakovsky (in the Soviet times the square was named Mayakovsky Square). Another one is the little sister to Stalin's seven gigantic wedding cakes - the Hotel Pekin:

Tverskaya Street seen from the square:

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, another characteristic building at the square:

The Garden Ring was built over the city's medieval ramparts. In the 30's it was widened and reconstructed in a stalinistic way:

Stalin-gothic residential at Kudrinskaya Square:

We walk along the Garden Ring. Is the couple inspired by the ad?

We turn left into the Malaya Bronnaya Street and take a look at a new residential house, perfectly adapted to the surroundings

Some 50 meters further down the street we enter a big green square called Patriarch's Ponds (Patriarshiy prudy). The quarters around this square have strong literary associations. Among the former residents of this area you can find Bulgakov, Chekov, Gorky and Pushkin...

It is here that Bulgakovs famous "Master and Margarita" begins. Two literary hacks meet the Devil that predicts that one of them will soon die. Maybe the meeting took place at one of these benches?

The Patriarch's Ponds are today one big pond, descended from three fishponds:

Keep on running, girls

Variety of Moscow fashion:

We are now continuing our walk along the Malaya Bronnaya Street:

A cute red house at the corner:


Moscow wouldn't be Moscow if this nice old quarter was not "spiced" by a commie-block

We turn left into the Boulevard Ring and walk along the long park between the traffic lanes. The Boulevard Ring was (like the Garden Ring) built over the city's medieval ramparts. But unlike the Garden Ring it wasn't reconstructed in a stalinistic way:

Old buildings along the Boulevard Ring:

New residential house at a side street:


Popular way of sitting on the park-benches:

We'we reached the Pushkin (Pushkinskaya) Square. In the background we can see the building of the newspaper - Izvestiya:

The famous McDonald's (the first one in Russia) at Pushkin Square:

Tverskaya Street in the direction of Triumfalnaya Square (where we started this walk):

If I'm not mistaken this is the so called Sytin's House, where the Pravda newspaper was printed in the 20s.

Izvestiya Building:

A church beyond the buildings of the square:

Probably Moscow's most popular statue. The statue of Pushkin:

Behind the statue stands the Rossiya (Russia) Cinema. What have they done to this poor building?

People at the square:

We are now leaving the Pushkin Square and continue our walk down the Tverskaya Street towards the Kremlin:

This one of the many underground passages that you have to walk through to cross the big steets of Moscow:

The pictures from Tverskaya Street have already been shown in an earlier thread entirely devoted to this street, so I won't show them here again.

From Tverskaya we turn right into Gazetny Pereulok, where we see an overgrown house...

...behind a small blue church:

A look back on Gazetny Pereulok:

The modern McDonald's building at Tverskaya:

We turn right into the Bolshaya Nikitskaya Street:

A look back towards the Kremlin:

An interesting building:

One of the narrow side streets and traffic chaos

A Lada still going strong The Chaykovsky Conservatory in the background:

A theatre building:

An opera building:

A look back down the Bolshaya Nikitskaya Street:

Another look back:

Kalashny Pereulok, a nice side street:

Another side street, Leontevsky Pereulok. A bit of the very characteristic TASS building can be seen on the left side:

TASS building's entrance:

We are now at the Nikitskie Vorota Square and take a look around us. The TASS building beyond a "McDonald's" trolleybus

Church of the Great Ascension, where Pushkin married Natalya Goncharova:

Beautiful houses at the square:

Less beautiful houses next to the previous ones:

Yellow bricks are a very popular construction material in Moscow:

We are leaving the Nikitskie Vorota Square and continue our walk along the Boulevard Ring:

We turn right into New Arbat Street:

Concrete, concrete and hotel Ukraina

Our walk ends here, but I would like to show you a few more pics

New Arbat is Moscow's answer to Las Vegas. Two pics that I took from the trolleybus:

And three night pics:

And finally two night pictures of my beloved Hotel Ukraina:

I hope you enjoyed this thread One more to come
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Old October 19th, 2005, 11:48 AM   #2
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its a nice area with good parks!!
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