Russian Salad-style: 8 centuries of history in 1 Moscow district
For those staying in the city over the weekend—let’s go for a nice city walk and enjoy the summer in the city while it lasts! I invite you to a guided walking tour (in English) around Petrovka, Neglinka & Stoleshnikov neighborhoods.
This old city quarter, lying between Moscow’s 2nd and 3rd fortress walls, is a patchwork of history. It has been a medieval city suburb since the 13th century at latest. Here we can find “patches” from 8 centuries and see the historical, old Moscow in the context of the modern nowadays megapolis.
Monks and aristocracy, bishops and blacksmiths, cannon-makers, artisans and craftsmen, finest caterers, artists and writers—they all have lived here and left something behind. These quarters have been home to some of Moscow’s oldest monasteries, first department stores, #1 biggest European hotel of the time, the Bolshoy theatre, «imperial» bath-house of Sanduny, all kinds of restaurants—and even the Russian salad “Olivier.” Streets here are rather short, but with very dense and saturated cultural background.
“Like a drop of water reflects sunlight, Stoleshnikov Lane is a perfect mirror of Moscow's life" — said Vladimir Gilyarovsky, "King of Moscow reporters" a century ago.
Let us try to look at the city of Moscow through the prism of this legendary place and see if it still works for us.
We will see:
• Some of Moscow’s oldest monasteries and churches
• Cozy backyards behind glossy facades, with graffiti and street cafés (and even a cold storage facility for furs)
• Remains of the 16th-century fortress wall
• Historical houses and 17th–18th -century chambers
• Relocated buildings that moved from one place to another
• Сity square that changed its name and monuments 3 times over the past Protected content
• Sanduny baths — most ambitious banya club project in Russia (inner tour is not included)
• How Moscow’s 3rd biggest river disappeared from the city maps but not from its streets
• How a Protected content bridge across the river became “Moscow’s Paris,” etc.
Please wear comfortable shoes—there’ll be a lot of walking :)
This is a free walking tour. Tips are very much appreciated but totally not required.
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