#2 of “Russian Salad-style: 800 yrs of history in 1 Msc district
Part 2 of our guided walking tour starts from where we have stopped this past Saturday (July Protected content the Tsvetnoy Boulevard & Trubnaya ("Tube") Square.
We will walk through the streets of Neglinnaya, Rozhdestvenka, Kuznetsky Most, Bolshaya Dmitrovka to Tverskaya.
We will see:
• How Moscow’s 3rd biggest river disappeared from the city maps but not from its streets;
• Sanduny baths — most ambitious banya club project in Russia (inner tour is not included);
• More cozy backyards behind glossy facades, with historical houses and 17th–18th-century chambers (and yes, a cold storage facility for furs);
• 2 “dancing” monuments, one of which is not really dancing around the KGB “black quarter” on Lubyanka
• City square that changed its name and monuments 3 times over the past Protected content
• Relocated buildings that moved from one place to another;
• How a Protected content bridge across the river became “Moscow’s Paris,” and more.
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.
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.
Meeting point: at Trubnaya Square, outside near the entrance/exit from “Trubnaya” metro station, at the foot of the monument to Fallen Law Enforcement Soldiers (please see picture attached). Closest metro station: “Trubnaya” (line #10 light-green; one exit; please check that you are NOT taking exit from the transfer station of Tsvetnoy Boulevard/grey line).
Please see the meeting point on the map: Protected content
Finish: on Tverskaya street (near Kamergersky)
Duration: ~ 2:30–3 hours
In case of heavy rains this walk can be rescheduled—please check before you go!
Continued from Guided walking tour “Russian Salad-style: 8 centuries of Moscow’s history in one downtown neighbourhood” Protected content
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