How to reach the object: M: Park kultury, Kropotkinskaya
In the old times food plains and meadows (“ ostozhye” in Russian) made up the sight of the Moskva River lower bank. As the city expanded, a road was laid through the former fields becoming later one of the oldest Moscow streets – Ostozhenka.
As you walk along the street, you would learn, which monument was called the “ Spirit of Communism”, why the “ profit-making home” (multi-apartment house) was called “ House Under Wine Glass” and much more.
It’ s better to start the tour from the radial line exit of Park Kultury Metro Station. A small one-storey house with the “ Bukinist” (bibliopole) sign by the station pavilion is one of the oldest second-hand book stores in Moscow.
Right behind it stands a tall blue building erected already in 1875 to the design of the architect A. Weber for the lyceum attended by tzarevich Nicolas. Currently, it accommodates the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (53/2, Ostozhenka Street).
Opposite the metro are the structures of the “ Chaika” (Seagull) open-air swimming pool. The pool stays open even when it drops below minus thirty by Celsius, because the water is heated and is kept at the level of 26 – 28 Co. It was constructed for the International Moscow Youth and Students Festival in 1957. There is a mini-golf court adjacent to the pool. Besides, gyms, dance classrooms, saunas and tennis courts are part of the facility.
The blocks of the Provision Warehouses are to the left behind the overhead crossing. These storages were constructed in 1829 – 1831 for food supplies of the army. In the 1930s the Joint Staff garage was stationed there. In the XXI century, the former army warehouses acquired a fully peaceful assignment to be the venue of the Moscow Museum.