Sights in Presnensky District

Around 1905 Goda Metro

1905 Revolution Monument

  • Ploschad Krasnopresnenskaya Zastava
  • Ulitsa 1905 Goda

Ulitsa Krasnaya Presnya turns into Zvenigorodskoe Shosse at Ploschad Krasnopresnenskaya Zastava, which is dominated by the impressive monument dedicated to the Revolution of 1905.  The monument was unveiled in 1980 on the 75 anniversary of the revolution and comprises large statues of eight people and one horse.  In the centre stands a man flying a banner with two armed men on either side.  To the left of this is a woman with her fists raised in the air and standing over a wounded… Read more »

Decembrist Revolt Park

  • between Ulitsa 1905 Goda and Ulitsa Tryokhgorny Val
  • Ulitsa 1905 Goda

As its name suggests, Decembrist Revolt Park features a simple memorial to the failed Decembrist Revolt of 1825.  In addition to this there are two other monuments here.  One is of Vladimir Lenin who is not depicted in his usual pose but sat down relaxing.  The final monument is the most interesting and is entitled 'The Cobble Stone is the Weapon of the Proletariat'  which depicts a young man with a cobble stone in his hand.  The monument was unveiled in 1976 and is a copy of the… Read more »

Vagankovskoe Cemetery

  • 15 Ulitsa Sergeya Makeeva

The Vagankovskoe Cemetery was founded in 1771 during an outbreak of the plague in what was then the village of Novoe Vaganka.  Over time the cemetery has become one of the largest in the city and the final resting place of several notable people, the most famous of them being Vladimir Vysotsky, Sergey Yesenin and Bulat Okudzhava.  The cemetery's church is the Resurrection Church which dates from 1824 and is an example of the empire style of architecture.  Located next to the… Read more »

Around Barrikadnaya Metro Station

Anton Chekhov House-Museum

  • 6 Ulitsa Sadovaya-Kudrinskaya
  • Barrikadnaya
  • 11:00 - 18:00 (Thursdays: 13:00 - 20:00). Closed on Mondays.

The Anton Chekhov Museum is located in a small red house which was described by the writer as looking like a chest of drawers.  Chekhov lived and worked here from 1886 to 1890 when he set off for Sakhalin.  The house was opened as a museum in 1954.  Inside the museum Chekhov's study has been preserved and there are three halls dedicated to the life and work of the great writer.  Literary evenings and conferences are also held here.  The museum is run as a branch of the State… Read more »

Friendship Forever Monument

  • Tishinskaya Square
  • Barrikadnaya, Belorusskaya

Situated around two-thirds up Ulitsa Bolshaya Gruzinskaya is Tishinskaya Ploschad.  The main landmark here is the gigantic pillar consisting of letters in the Georgian and Cyrillic alphabet. The monument is the work of the famous sculptor Zurab Tsereteli; his first monument in Moscow. It is entitled Friendship Forever and was unveiled in 1983 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Georgievsk establishing Georgia as a protectorate of Russia. ►sights… Read more »

Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Cathedral

  • 27/13 Ulitsa Malaya Gruzinskaya
  • Barrikadnaya, Belorusskaya

The Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Cathedral is the largest catholic church in Russia and the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Moscow.  It was built between 1901 and 1911 in the Gothic revival style.  The cathedral was closed after the Revolution and damaged during the Second World War.  It was returned to the Catholic Church in 1996 and subsequently restored.  Its organ was installed in 2005 after being donated by the Catholic Cathedral in Basil, Switzerland. … Read more »

Ivan Krylov Monument

  • Yermolaevsky Pereulok
  • Barrikadnaya, Mayakovskaya, Pushkinskaya, Tverskaya

On the northern side of the Patriarch Pond is a monument to Russia's foremost fabulist - Ivan Krylov.  The monument was unveiled in 1976 and consists of several parts.  Firstly there is a statue of Krylov sitting down and then there are smaller monuments depicting scenes from his fable including an elephant, crow, fox, wolf and lamb. ►sights by districts  ►sights in Presnensky District Read more »

Kliment Timiryazev State Biological Museum

  • 15 Ulitsa Malaya Gruzinskaya
  • Barrikadnaya, Belorusskaya
  • 10:00 - 18:00 (Thursdays: 12:00 - 21:00, Sundays: 11:00 - 18:00). Closed on Mondays.

The Kliment Timiryazev State Biological Museum was established in 1922 and has been located in the late-19th century building of the former Museum of Russian Antiquities since 1934.  The museum consists of 17 halls which have exhibitions on various biological aspects including man and nature, the animal and plant world, the theory of evolution, genetics and the underwater world.  There is free admission on the third Sunday of the month. ►sights by districts  ►sights in… Read more »

Lavrenti Beria's Mansion (Tunisian Embasy)

  • 28/1 Ulitsa Malaya Nikitskaya
  • Barrikadnaya

The mansion in which the Tunisian Embassy is now located has a sinister history as it was once the home of Lavrenti Beria, the chief of Stalin's secret police.  It is alleged that Beria would drive around Moscow to select young girls to take back to his mansion to rape and that some girls were even murdered and buried in the mansion's garden;  human remains were found in the grounds in 2001 during a renovation. There are also several urban legends connected with embassy staff… Read more »

Moscow Planetarium

  • 5c1 Ulitsa Sadovaya-Kudrinskaya
  • Barrikadnaya
  • Weekdays: 09:00 - 21:00; Weekends: 10:00 - 22:00. Closed on Tuesdays.

The Moscow Planetarium was originally opened in 1929 becoming only the 13th planetarium in the world.  In 1977 the planetarium's equipment was upgraded, but by 1994 it had closed.  After years of arguments over ownership and reconstruction plans, the planetarium was only reopened in 2011.  The main show of the night sky takes place in the Large Star Hall using state of the art equipment, while the Small Star Hall creates the effect on a smaller-scale with a domed-screen. Before… Read more »

Moscow Zoo

  • 1 Ulitsa Bolshaya Gruzinskaya
  • Barrikadnaya, Krasnopresnenskaya
  • summer: 10:00 - 20:00; winter 10:00 - 17:00. Closed on Mondays.

In 1864 the Moscow Zoo became the first zoo in Russia.  Today the zoo has over 1000 species of animals and consists of two sections on either side of the road connected by a small footbridge and decorated with statues of animals. Although the zoo has improved in recent years and has set up an international breeding programme, some enclosures still need improving and fall behind western standards. Read more »

Patriarch Ponds

  • Bolshoy Patriarshy Pereulok
  • Tverskaya, Pushkinskaya, Barrikadnaya, Mayakovskaya

Despite the plurality of its name, Patriarch Ponds only consists of one pond now which was reconstructed in the 1830s, although previously there were more ponds here.  Today the pond has an area of 9,900 square metres and is around two metres deep.  The pond was immortalised by featuring in the opening scene of Mikhail Bulgakov's novel 'The Master and Margarita' as the location where the Devil, in the disguise of Professor Woland, enters Moscow and where Berlioz gets beheaded by a… Read more »

Stalin Skyscraper on Kudrinskaya Ploschad

  • Kudrinskaya Ploschad
  • Barrikadnaya

Located on Kudrinskaya Ploschad, which marks the end of Ulitsa Malaya Nikitskaya, is an apartment block which is one of the seven gothic skyscrapers known as the Seven Sisters or Stalin's Skyscrapers dotted around Moscow.  The building was built between 1948 and 1954.  It centre part reaches 156 metres and has 24 floors, whereas the side towers have 18 floors each.  In total the building has over 450 apartments. ►sights by districts  ►sights in Presnensky District Read more »

Zurab Tsereteli Museum-Workshop

  • Gruzinskaya Ploschad
  • Barrikadnaya, Belorusskaya

The Zurab Tsereteli Museum-Workshop was opened in 2009 and displays the work of the famous, and sometimes controversial, sculptor.  The museum is instantly recognisable as there are even several statues standing outside the main entrance.  The museum has three floors displaying Tsereteli's work but the most interesting sculptures are outside in the courtyard where Tsereteli has his workshop.  Here you will see sculptures of Russian tsars, celebrities and politicians, many of which… Read more »

Around Krasnopresnenskaya Metro Station

Nativity of St John the Baptist Church at Presnya

  • 2 Maly Predtechensky Pereulok
  • Krasnopresnenskaya

The Nativity of St John the Baptist Church at Presnya was built in the empire style between 1714 and 1734 to replace an earlier wooden version which existed since at least 1685.  It was built according to a design by the well-known architect Fyodor Shestakov.  A new bell tower was built on in the classical style between 1806 and 1810.  During the Soviet era the church remained open and was even renovated during the 1960s. ►sights by districts  ►sights in Presnensky District … Read more »

Presnya Museum

  • 4 Predtechensky Pereulok
  • Krasnopresnenskaya

The Presnya Museum was founded in 1924 in the house where the first Presnensky Bolshevik Party Committee and Revolutionary-War Committee were located.  The museum details the district's role in the Revolution of 1905 and the February and October Revolutions of 1917 as well as the more recent 1991 coup attempt and the 1993 Russian constitutional crisis which unfolded at the nearby White House. The museum's main attraction is the impressive "Heroic Presnya. 1905" diorama which is… Read more »

Pyotr Stolypin Monument

  • Ploschad Svobodnoy Rossii
  • Krasnopresnenskaya, Smolenskaya

In 2012 a monument was erected of Pyotr Stolypin on Ploschad Svobodnoy Rossii (Freedom of Russia Square), outside the House of the Russian Government, in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the great Russian statesman's birth. Stolypin  served as the prime minister of the Russian Empire under Emperor Nicholas II from 1906 until his resignation in 1911.  Shortly after his resignation he was assassinated by revolutionary Dmitri Bogrov at the Kiev Opera House.  ►sights by… Read more »

St Nicholas' Church at Tryokh Gory

  • 9 Novovagankovsky Pereulok
  • Krasnopresnenskaya, Ulitsa 1905 Goda

St Nicholas' Church at Tryokh Gory, which is also called St Nicholas' Church in Novoe Vagankovo, was built between 1762 and 1775 to replace an earlier wooden version which was first mentioned in 1628.  In 1860 a wide refectory and a tall bell tower were built onto the church and then more construction took place in 1900 to make the new additions more harmonious with the original church.  The church was closed during the Soviet era and used as a Pioneers House which saw its bell… Read more »

White House

  • 2 Krasnopresnenskaya Naberezhnaya
  • Krasnopresnenskaya, Smolenskaya

The massive building on the embankment here is the House of the Russian Government  which is better known as the White House for obvious reasons.  The building was built between 1965 and 1979 and represents one of the last examples of Soviet architecture in Moscow.  From 1991 to the fall of the Soviet Union, the building was known as the House of Soviets of the Russian Soviet Federal Socialist Republic.  The White house has witnessed two major political events in modern Russian… Read more »

Around Ploschad Nikitskie Vorota

'Icon House' Museum

  • 4c1 Ulitsa Spiridonovka
  • Tverskaya, Pushkinskaya, Barrikadnaya
  • 12:00 - 22:00. Closed on Mondays.

The 'Icon House' Museum was opened in 2009 and is dedicated to the icon and other Christian artwork.  The museum consists of two floors with three halls.  The Red Hall displays icons in interiors of various types of houses which existed before the Revolution.  It also features icons which can be touched to experience their reliefs.  The Collection Hall has many examples of Russian icons, some in their original iconostases.  The Academic Hall explains the history of icons and… Read more »

Aleksandr Blok Monument

  • outside 8 Ulitsa Spiridonovka
  • Tverskaya, Pushkinskaya, Barrikadnaya

Slightly hidden among the trees in a small park on Ulitsa Spiridonovka is a statue of the lyrical poet Aleksandr Blok, who is traditionally more associated with St Petersburg than Moscow. This statue of him by the sculptor Oleg Komov however was unveiled here in 1904 outside the house where the poet briefly stayed after his marriage to Lyubov Mendeleeva, the daughter of the inventor of the periodic table. ►sights by districts  ►sights in Presnensky District Read more »

Aleksey Tolstoy Memorial Apartment-Museum

  • 2/6 Ulitsa Spiridonovka
  • Tverskaya, Pushkinskaya, Barrikadnaya
  • Currently closed for restoration (as of Nov 2012)

Located in the modern-style house which was once part of the Ryabushinsky estate, is the Aleksey Tolstoy House-Museum.  The museum was opened in 1987 in the apartment where the author lived from 1941 until his death in 1945, during which time he wrote the third part of his novel 'Peter I' as well as other works.  This museum is run as a branch of the State Literary Museum. ►sights by districts  ►sights in Presnensky District Read more »

Grand Ascension Church at Nikitskie Vorota

  • 36c1 Ulitsa Bolshaya Nikitsakaya
  • Tverskaya, Pushkinskaya, Arbatskaya

The Ascension Church at Nikitskie Vorota is often called the Grand Ascension Church to distinguish it from the smaller Ascension Church on Ulitsa Bolshaya Nitskaya.  Indeed grand is a good description of this neo-classical church which is one of the largest parish churches in Moscow.  It was built between 1798 and 1816 on the orders of Prince Grigori Potemkin.  According to one legend, Prince Potemkin secretly married Catherine the Great in the original Ascension Church which stood… Read more »

Maksim Gorky Apartment-Museum

  • 6/2 Ulitsa Malaya Nikitskaya
  • Tverskaya, Pushkinskaya, Barrikadnaya
  • Thursdays and weekends: 10:00 - 17:00; Wednesdays and Fridays: 12:00 - 19:00. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

The Maksim Gorky Apartment-Museum is housed in the beautiful mansion which was built for a millionaire in 1902.  The house was designed by architect Fyodor Shekhtel and is famous for its "melting" staircase, mosaics and the Old-Believers chapel on the upper floor.  Upon returning to Russia from Italy in 1931, Gorky was given an apartment in the mansion and lived here up until his death in 1936.  The museum was opened in 1965 and details the life of the author and the history of the… Read more »

Natalia and Aleksandr Fountain-Rotunda

  • 36c1 Ulitsa Bolshaya Nikitsakaya
  • Tverskaya, Pushkinskaya, Arbatskaya

Located just in front of the Grand Ascension Church is an unusual monument which features a rotunda and a fountain. Inside the rotunda there are small statues of Aleksandr Pushkin and Natalia Goncharova, who married in the neighbouring Grand Ascension Church on 18 November 1831.  The monument was unveiled in 1999 on the 200th anniversary of the birth of Pushkin. ►sights by districts  ►sights in Presnensky District Read more »

St Theodore the Studite's Church at Nikitskie Vorota

  • 29 Ulitsa Bolshaya Nikitsakaya
  • Tverskaya, Pushkinskaya, Arbatskaya

St Theodore the Studite's Church dates from approximately 1626 and marks the spot where Patriarch Filaret was met by his son Tsar Michael upon his return from Polish captivity in 1619.  Later Patriarch Filaret established the Feodorovsky Monastery here, of which this church was a part until the monastery's dissolution in 1709.  The Napoleonic war hero Aleksandr Suvorov was a parishioner at this church and when the church was closed after the Russian Revolution there were plans to… Read more »

State Museum of Oriental Art

  • 12A Nikitsky Bulvar
  • Tverskaya, Pushkinskaya, Arbatskaya
  • 11:00 - 20:00 (Thursdays: 12:00 - 21:00). Closed on Mondays.

The State Museum of Oriental Art was established as the Museum of the East in 1918 and has been housed in its present location in the large mansion known as Lunin House since 1960.  The museum displays cultural items from Iran, India, the Caucasus, Central Asia, China, Japan, Korea, South-East Asia, Siberia and the Far North of Russia.  The museum also has an exhibition dedicated to the work of Nicholas Roerich. ►sights by districts  ►sights in Presnensky District Read more »

Around the Beginning of Ulitsa Bolshaya Nikitskaya

Aram Khachaturyan Monument

  • Park Khachaturyana, Bryusov Pereulok
  • Okhotny Ryad, Tverskaya, Pushkinskaya

In the small park outside the House of Composers is a statue of the great Soviet/Armenian composer Aram Khachaturyan surrounded by musical instruments. Khachaturyan was born near Tbilisi (then known as Tiflis) in 1903 and moved to Moscow in 1921 where he graduated from the Pyotr Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory and later became known as one of the "Titans of Soviet Music" along with Sergey Prokofiev and Dmitri Shostakovich. His most famous piece of music is the "Sabre Dance"… Read more »

Konstantin Stanislavsky House-Museum

  • 6 Leontievsky Pereulok
  • Tverskaya, Pushkinskaya
  • Thursdays and weekends: 11:00 - 18:00; Wednesdays and Mondays: 12:00 - 19:00. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Slightly further down Leontievsky Pereulok from the Russian Doll Museum is the Konstantin Stanislavsky House-Museum. The museum is located in the mansion where the actor and creator of the Stanislavsky system spent the last 17 years of his life. The house was opened as a museum in 1948, 10 years after Stanislavsky's death.  Much of the interior has been preserved as it was when Stanislavsky lived there with the addition of exhibits on the life and work of the actor. ►sights by… Read more »

Mstislav Rostropovich Monument

  • intersection of Bryusov Pereulok and Yeliseevsky Pereulok
  • Okhotny Ryad, Tverskaya, Pushkinskaya

A short walk down Bryusov Pereulok, which eventually leads to Ulitsa Tverskaya, is a monument to Mstislav Rostropovich. Rostropovich was a Soviet/Russian conductor and one of the greatest cellists of the 20th century. He was born in Baku (today the capital of independent Azerbaijan) but later moved to Moscow and entered the nearby Pyotr Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory. Rostropovich died in 2007 in Moscow and this statue of him playing the cello was unveiled in 2012. … Read more »

Muslim Magomaev Monument

  • intersection of Voznesensky Pereulok and Yeliseevsky Pereulok
  • Tverskaya, Pushkinskaya

Standing on the corner of Voznesensky Pereulok and Yeliseevsky Pereulok is a statue of the Soviet/Azeri opera and pop singer Muslim Magomaev, who was especially popular throughout the Soviet Union in the 1960s and 1970s. Magomaev was born in Baku (now the capital of independent Azerbaijan) in 1942 and died in Moscow in 2008. This statue of him was funded by the Azeri-run Crocus-International construction company and unveiled in 2011 close to the Azerbaijani embassy. ►sights by… Read more »

Nizama Ganjavi Monument

  • next to 16 Leontievsky Pereulok
  • Tverskaya, Pushkinskaya

In the small park between Voznesensky Pereulok and Leontievsky Pereulok next to the Azerbaijani Embassy is a statue of the mediaeval poet Nizami Ganjavi who wrote some of the greatest romantic epic poems in Persian literature. Nizami was born around 1141 in Ganja which is now part of present-day Azerbaijan, hence the statue's location next to the embassy. The monument was unveiled in 1991. ►sights by districts  ►sights in Presnensky District Read more »

Old Building of Moscow State University and Mikhail Lomonosov Monument

  • 9c1 Ulitsa Mokhovaya
  • Aleksandrovsky Sad

Located on the corner of Ulitsa Mokhovaya and Ulitsa Bolshaya Nikitskaya is the Old Building of the Moscow State University.  It was built between 1782 and 1793 in the neo-classical style under a project by the famous architect Matvey Kazakov.  The right wing of the building is taken up with the St Tatiana's Church, St Tatiana being the patron saint of students.  In front of the building is a statue of Mikhail Lomonosov who founded Moscow State University in 1755. ►sights by… Read more »

Our Lady of the Sign Church in Sheremetev Courtyard

  • 2c8 Romanov Pereulok
  • Aleksandrovsky Sad

Hidden away in the block of buildings on what was once known as Sheremetev Courtyard after its owner is the beautiful Our Lady of the Sign Church.  The church dates from the late 17th century and was built on the orders of Lev Naryshkin in the style which became known as Naryshkin baroque, recognisable by its intricate decorations.  In 1929 the church was closed and given over for use by the KGB.  It was reopened in 2008 after undergoing restoration work. ►sights by districts  … Read more »

Pyotr Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory and Pyotr Tchaikovsky Monument

  • 13 Ulitsa Bolshaya Nikitskaya
  • Aleksandrovsky Sad

The Moscow State Conservatory was established by Nikolai Rubinstein in 1866 and has been located in this specially-converted mansion since 1901.  It is the second oldest higher musical education establishment in Russia after the St Petersburg Conservatory.  Performances can be viewed at one of the conservatory's three halls: the grand hall, the small hall or the Rakhmaninov hall.  Outside the conservatory is a monument to its namesake - Pyotr Tchaikovsky, one of Russia's and the… Read more »

Resurrection Church in Uspensky Vrazhke

  • 15/2 Bryusov Pereulok
  • Okhotny Ryad, Tverskaya, Pushkinskaya

Opposite to the Mstislav Rostropovich Monument is the Resurrection Church in Uspensky Vrazhke. The church was built between 1629 and 1634 to replace an earlier wooden version which had burned down. Originally it just consisted of a cubic structure with a single dome, but a vestibule and a bell tower were built onto the front between 1818 and 1820. An extra tier was subsequently added to the tower in 1879. The church remained opened during the Soviet period, although its bells were… Read more »

Russian Doll Museum

  • 7 Leontievsky Pereulok
  • Tverskaya, Pushkinskaya

Located on Leontievsky Pereulok which connects Ulitsa Bolshaya Nikitskaya to Ulitsa Tverskaya is the Museum of Folk Art, which is more commonly referred to in English as the Russian Doll Museum as it focuses mainly on the famous Russian souvenir.  Currently the museum does not have a permanent exhibition, but even if there is no temporary exhibitions on, the museum's shop is worth visiting for is large array of dolls. ►sights by districts  ►sights in Presnensky District Read more »

Small Ascension Church on Nikitskaya

  • 18 Ulitsa Bolshaya Nikitskaya
  • Tverskaya, Pushkinskaya

The Ascension Church on Nikitskaya is now known as the Small Ascension Church to distinguish it from the larger Ascension Church further up the road on Ploschad Nikitskie Vorota.  This is the older of the two Ascension Churches dating from 1634.  Reconstruction work was carried out in the mid-18th century to make repairs after a fire and to add an octagonal baroque-style dome.  The church was closed in 1937 and only reopened in 1992. ►sights by districts  ►sights in Presnensky… Read more »

St Andrew's Anglican Church

  • 8/5 Voznesensky Pereulok
  • Tverskaya, Pushkinskaya

St Andrew's Anglican Church is the only Anglican church in Moscow.  The Anglican tradition of worship in Russia dates from 1553 when Ivan the Terrible allowed English merchants of the Russia Company to practise their religion.  The church was built from red brick in the gothic revival style between 1883 and 1884 and gives the effect of a little bit of England in the centre of Moscow. During the revolution, machine guns were posted on the church's tower and afterwards the church was… Read more »

Zoological Museum

  • 6 Ulitsa Bolshaya Nikitskaya
  • Aleksandrovsky Sad
  • 10:00 - 17:00. Closed on Mondays and the last Tuesday of the month.

The Zoological Museum of the Moscow State University was originally founded 1791 as the university's natural history study.  In 1902 it moved to its present-day location which was built especially for it and it opened its doors to the public in 1911.  Today the museum is among the 10 largest natural history museums in the world with over 10,000 exhibits on display. ►sights by districts  ►sights in Presnensky District   Read more »

Around Tverskoy Bulvar

Kliment Timiryazev Monument

  • 1 Tverskoy Bulvar
  • Tverskaya, Pushkinskaya

Standing at the beginning of Tverskaya Bulvar is a monument to Kliment Timiryazev.  Timiryazev was one of Russia's greatest botanists and physiologists.  The monument was unveiled in 1923.  During the Second World War the statue was bombed and knocked off its pedestal.  It was quickly restored after the war, but traces of the damage remain. ►sights by districts  ►sights in Presnensky District Read more »

Maria Yermolova House-Museum

  • 11 Tverskoy Bulvar
  • Tverskaya, Pushkinskaya
  • 12:00 - 19:00 (Thursdays: 13:00 - 21:00). Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and the last Friday of the month.

Maria Yermolova was considered to be one of the greatest actresses in the history of the Maly Theatre of Moscow. Between 1889 and 1928 she lived on Tverskoy Bulvar and in 1986 this house was opened as a museum dedicated to her life and creative work.  The museum displays personal belongings of the actress and the interior is as it looked when Yermolova lived there. The museum is run as a branch of the Aleksey Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum. ►sights by districts  ►sights… Read more »

Sergey Yesenin Monument

  • Tverskoy Bulvar
  • Tverskaya, Pushkinskaya

Around halfway up Tverskoy Bulvar, close to Novopushkinsky Skver, is a statue of the poet Sergey Yesenin. Yesenin is one of Russia's most celebrated 20th-century poets. He published his first book of poetry in 1916 and in 1918 set up his own publishing house and became a founder of the Russian 'imaginism' literary movement. However in 1925 at just 30 years old Yesenin hanged himself. The rumour that NKVD agents were involved in his death has never been confirmed although it hasn't… Read more »

Sholem Aleichem Monument

  • 13 Ulitsa Malaya Bronnaya
  • Tverskaya, Pushkinskaya, Barrikadnaya

At the end of Ulitsa Bolshaya Bronnaya is a small monument to the Jewish author and playwright Sholem Rabinovich, who is better known as Sholem Aleichem. Sholem Aleichem was born in the Russian Empire in what is now Ukraine, but emigrated in 1905 to America. He is best known for his stories about 'Tevye the Milkman' on which the musical 'Fiddler on the Roof' is based. The statue was unveiled in 2001 and depicts the author on a tall pedestal decorated with characters from his… Read more »

St John the Apostle's Church in Bronnaya Sloboda

  • 4 Bogoslovsky Pereulok
  • Tverskaya, Pushkinskaya

On the side street behind the Yesenin Monument is St John the Apostle's Church in Bronnaya Sloboda. From its appearance it is clear that the church and its bell tower date from different periods. The church itself was built between 1652 and 1665 and consists of a standard cube structure with five domes and carved window and portal frames. The red bell tower was built on in 1842. The church was closed in the 1920s and, although it was saved from demolition, its domes were… Read more »

Synagogue on Bolshaya Bronnaya

  • 6 Ulitsa Bolshaya Bronnaya
  • Tverskaya, Pushkinskaya, Barrikadnaya

The Synagogue on Bolshaya Bronnaya was originally part of the city estate of the financier Lazar Polyakov, who received permission to convert it into a synagogue in 1883. Up until 1906, when the Moscow Choral Synagogue was opened, the Synagogue on Bolshaya Bronnaya was the main synagogue in the city. In 1937 the synagogue was closed and its rabbi was executed. In the 1950s the building was given over to the Moscow House of Amateur Dramatics. Finally in 1991 the building was… Read more »

Around Vystavochnaya Metro Station

Krasnaya Presnya Park

  • Ulitsa Mantulinskaya
  • Krasnopresnenskaya, Vystavochnaya

Krasnaya Presnya Park was created in 1932 on the location where the Studenets Estate and gardens once stood.  In addition to the park's natural surroundings you will also find here one of Moscow's numerous statues of Vladimir Lenin. The monument here was unveiled in 1975 and is rather unusual for a Lenin statue as it depicts him at rest sat down reading a book. ►sights by districts  ►sights in Presnensky District Read more »

Moscow City

  • 2 Presnenskaya Naberezhnaya
  • Vystavochnaya

Moscow-City, or the Moscow International Business Centre to give it its proper name, is one of the most ambitious construction projects in Russia.  The idea to create a business district in central Moscow, combining living space and entertainment areas, was first developed in 1992.  Work on the first skyscraper - Tower 2000 - started in 1996 and was completed in 2001.  This was then followed by the completion of several more towers and more still are under construction.  Several… Read more »