Introducing Basmanny & Taganka
The Meshchansky and Basmanny districts flank the little Yauza River in the eastern part of the city. The former is a bustling neighbourhood that retains its quaint 19th-century outlook. The latter is largely comprised of old factories, now taken over by hipsters and housing innovative postmodern galleries and clubs. South of the Yauza, Taganskaya pl is a monster intersection that can be difficult to navigate, but the district is home to a few unusual sights such as Bunker-42 and the Museum of the Russian Icon.