State Tretyakov Gallery Main Branch
Church of St Nicholas in Tolmachi
Within the museum grounds, the Church of St Nicholas in Tolmachi is the church where Pavel Tretyakov regularly attended services. It...
The Engineer’s Building is reserved for special exhibits.
Virgin of Consolation of All Sorrows Church
The empire-style Virgin of Consolation of All Sorrows Church dates from the 1830s.
Back in the olden days, the best place to go for a drink was your neighbour’s flat, which would be crowded with mismatched furniture and...
If you can bear with some post-Soviet shabbiness, this is the place to try competently cooked chebureks – the Tatar meat-filled (well,...
Lavrushinsky per 10 · interesting places nearby
State Tretyakov Gallery Main Branch information
The exotic boyar castle on a little lane in Zamoskvorechie contains the main branch of the State Tretyakov Gallery, housing the world’s best collection of Russian icons and an outstanding collection of other prerevolutionary Russian art. Show up early to beat the queues.
The building was designed by Viktor Vasnetsov between 1900 and 1905. The gallery started as the private collection of the 19th-century industrialist brothers Pavel and Sergei Tretyakov. Pavel was a patron of the Peredvizhniki, or Wanderers, a group of 19th-century painters who broke away from the conservative Academy of Arts and started depicting common people and social problems. Nowadays, these are among Russia’s most celebrated painters, and the Tretyakov boasts some of the most exquisite examples of their work.