Kuznetsky Most and Surroundings
Kuznetzkiy most Str.
How to reach the object: M: Kuznetzkiy most
Construction of the Tverskoy district's pedestrian zone began in 2012, and covers Stoleshnikov Lane, Kamergersky Lane, Kuznetsky Most Street and Rozhdestvenka Street. The area's border includes Tverskaya Square and adjacent to it, part of Tverskoy Proezd.
You may start your route from metro station "Okhotny Ryad", looking at the famous Bolshoi Theatre which has been freshly rennovated, turn right and along Bolshaya Dmitrovka, exit onto the pedestrian zone of Kuznetsky Most Street. Now you can go in the direction of Lubyanka, crossing Petrovka Street, Neglinnaya and Rozhdestvenka, and take your time to look at the historical and architectural monuments that Kuznetsky Most has quite a lot of. On your way, its also worth having a look at TsUM (Central Universal Department Store).
Another option is to start your walk from metro station “Kuznetsky Most” and go in the direction of Tverskaya Ulitsa by walking through Kamergersky Lane and then exiting onto Stoleshnikov Lane, covering a large part of Tversky district's pedestrian zone.
The most important part of the pedestrian area is Kuznetsky Most, which is among the oldest streets in Moscow. Its appearance was due to the construction of Pushechny Dvor in the area, and has kept the name Kuznetsky Most over the Neglinnaya River. For centuries the street has been one of Moscow's main “arteries”, constantly covered with pedestrians. In fact, it has housed many of the city's best shops. It wasn't by accident that Famusov complained in Griboedov's play: “And all of Kuznetsky Most, and the French! With all their fashion shops and streets, their books and writers and artists. They break our hearts, they make our money fly.” Writer M. Pylyaev wrote about this street in the middle of the XIX century: Kuznetsky Most is now the most aristocratic place in Moscow; from dawn till dusk pedestrians and carriages scurry, and the best foreign shops and book stores can be found here”. In the end of 1865, Kuznetsky Most became the first street in Moscow where they tested gas lamp lighting, which became common throughout the city shortly thereafter. In 1886, electric lighting appeared on the street.
d until Tverskaya Street. In December of 2012, the part of Kuznetsky Most Street from Bolshaya Dmitrovka to Rozhdestvenka Street became a pedestrian zone.