The wide street Kutuzovskiy Prospekt used to be a prestigious residential area for very important people of the Soviet Union.
The building at number 26 was known as the Politbuero block, where people like Leonid Brezhnev and his Interior Minister Shchelokov as well as the head of the KGB Andropov owned flats.
Apart from this, there are several other interesting sights along the street.
Among them are the Moscow Hero City Obelisk and the Ukraina Hotel which is one of the Stalin's seven sisters.
The Kutuzovskiy Prospekt can be found west of the city centre. It starts at the river Moskva near the Ukraina Hotel and leads in a westerly direction (metro: Kutuzovskaya, blue line).
Street art here is not graffiti; we are not such an advanced democracy yet.
The Tretyakov Gallery went into partnership with an outdoor advertiser to promote Russian art.
Free tip for financial advisers:
If you see only landscape and genre instead of perfume or kitchen utensils advertised on outdoor billboards absolutely everywhere, as it was in winter 2008, and to some extent now in summer 2009 – buy!
‘And strangers hanging out in my pet-shop’ – google for the literary translation of that song, it’s much less politically correct. The Moscow bard who was born into Arbat comes out in bronze from one of the lanes.
I was still at school when this lovely street became a showcase of bling. Much later I attended a course of Russian architecture, where a fairly young but overwhelmingly successful Ossetian architect, the mastermind of Arbat’s revamp, cursed his bad luck and swore by his diploma he never meant the place to look this way. He did not order those plain street-lamps, or the acid façade paints, and he certainly did not envisage any wheeling-and-dealing ‘en plein air’. Looks like this whole business affected his health, as he died soon, just 49 years of age. He was not the worst of their lot.
Favorite thing: The boulevard is the oldest and the longest (~857m) one of the Ring. There is an oak opposite the building No14, which had been planted here before the boulevard was constructed. So its age is more than 200 years, amazing that the tree was a witness of many historical events.
Favorite thing: Would you like to walk along Boulevard Ring? Yes? Great! But if you think that starting at one point of the ring you will get the same place after making a circle you can be a little bit confuse, as the Ring is absolutely not a ring. Boulevard ring has shape of a horseshoe with both ends rest against Moskva-river. I’d prefer to move clockwise – starting on Gogolevsky boulevard and finishing on Yauzsky one. The whole trip takes not more than two hours. The only one disadvantage of the walk is that you have to cross a number of streets which cross the Ring.
Favorite thing: i dont think i need to put any photo of Novy Arbat street, sure there are many on vt, besides i dont like that much this street and honestly i'm very surprised every time when i hear from people coming to Moscow that they would like to visit it..to my opinion it's just a very busy street, the architecture is soviet times, but not "stalin times like" buildings, which have it's own style standing apart, on New Arbat you will find only lookalike box type buildings, not best shops and casinos..one of my friends has an appartment in some close street and i was bit amazed when i discovered that it has view from children room to casinos, and the lightening coming from it is so intense day and night. now they are slowly destroying old ugly buildings and trying to build new "old moscow style", but i think we will get the results in couple of years
Hopefully no-one will take offence at me quoting the text of another, but I read this in an Aeroflot magazine. This is an excerpt from the article, written by Tatiana Igoshina and published in the September/October 2006 magazine.
Moscow’s First Road
Petrovka was named in honour of Metropolitan Peter, the 14th century church leader whose efforts contributed to the growth of Muscovite power in the middle ages. He initiated the transfer of the metropolitan chair from the ancient capital of Vladimir to Moscow. At the time, the support of the Orthodox Church was one of the key factors in political struggles. Peter chose as his residence a monastery-fortress that served as a defence outpost when all of Moscow fit within the Kremlin walls.
Prince Ivan Kalita ruled Moscow between 1325 and 1341. The word kalita in Old Slavonic meant purse or bag. The prince got his nickname for his persistent and zealous efforts to acquire new territories around his small Muscovite principality. Soon the two kilometres between his palace and Metropolitan Peter’s residence became a well-trodden road that started at the Kremlin’s gate. So, at six centuries, Petrovka is one of Moscow’s oldest streets.
Most of the capital’s streets came about later as roads to neighbouring principalities. Petrovka terminated near Vysokopetrovsky Monastery and the village of Vysokoye next to it. Gradually, settlements of various artisans servicing the prince and the metropolitan filled in the distance between the Kremlin and the monastery. Because most of the buildings at the time were wooden, nothing has survived; only the names of adjacent streets provide clues to the town’s medieval layout: Kuznetskiy Most (Blacksmith Bridge), Pushechnaya Ulitsa (Cannon Street) and Stoleshnikov Pereulok (Weavers’ Lane).
An interesting street of moscow is Prechistenka Ulitsa from the underground stop Kroportkinskaya as, in this street there are some very nice classic residences.
Here you can also find the Puschkin(civic number 12 ticket 25 rubles) museum dedicated to the life and the poetries of the artist and it’s opened every day but thirsday since 14 to19.
I went to this street actually to visit Tolstoj museum which is at number 11 and, for my luck it was closed as it’s normally closed on monday but also the last friday of the month, thing that lonely planet writer didn’t obviously know.
In the 1960s, a whole quarter of Kitai-gorod adjacent to the Moskva River and known as Zaryadye, was demolished in order to give room for the construction of the enormous Rossiya Hotel. They spared only those buildings that were classified as historic monuments. These include Cathedral of the Sign (1679-84), the Church of All Saints (1610s), St George Church on Pskov Hill (1657), St Maksim Church (1698), St Anna's Church at the Corner (1510s), St Barbara Church (1796-1804), the Old English Embassy (1550s), and the 16th-century Romanov boyar residence. There is no other such cluster of old churches and chambers left anywhere in Moscow.
Fondest memory: My mother lived there when she was 5-6 y.o.
I used to go in movie theater "Zaryadye" in 1971-74.
Traffic in Moscow is absolutely crazy. Some streets have 10 or more lines all full with cars.
If you want to get somewhere in right time - street transport is the last you should think about. Use metro (subway) - this is the fastest way to moved around Moscow.
Fondest memory: P.S. It is interesting to note that good few of cars in Moscow streets are heavy monsters (Hammers, Jeeps, Rovers, Land Cruisers, etc.) with giant engines working out gasoline just for nothing in traffic jams. Price for fuel in Moscow is twice cheaper than in Europe.
Usually snow is not melting starting from beg. of November. But this year it was late for 2-3 weeks.
Today (Nov 20, 2004) everything is covered with thick layer of snow and it is -8'C. Nice Moscow winter came.
Fondest memory: On photo: Gorky Park enbankment view from pedestrian brigde across Moskva Riva
Streets of Moscow are traditionally very wide. Even in old town there is no any Old European style narrow lanes.
Many foreigners wonder when they see something like Leninsky prosp. with 5 car lanes in each direction.
Here is me and my car at one of embankments of Moscow.
Moscow streets are very bright` and colourful at night. I was in many big cities of the world, but the Moscow is the most save to walk at night and very picturesque.
Fondest memory: On the photo: str. Karetny Ryad and building of MUR (Moscow Criminal Police), LOL: possibly the most save place to walk around ;-)))
Favorite thing: Visit Arbat Street - it is a 'pedestrian only' street full of painters showing their work, other artists organising their spectacles. That special place attracts also small traders. There are nice shops and lots of restaurants meeting different tastes. And tourists of course.
Walking along Novy Arbat and Old Arbat. Great restaurants, bars, shopping and sightseeing. Just a few blocks from Red Square, The Whitehouse, Zoo and the river with its great river cruises (in summer).
Fondest memory: The continual excitement. Never a dull moment. History at every turn you make. A city of contrasts.