Must-see attractions in Meshchansky & Basmanny

  • Winzavod Center for Contemporary Art

    Meshchansky & Basmanny

    Formerly a wine-bottling factory, this facility was converted into exhibit and studio space for Moscow artists in 2007. The post-industrial complex is now…

  • The Lubyanka Building, the headquarters of the FSB (former KGB) on Lubyanka Square in Moscow, Russia.


    Meshchansky & Basmanny

    Easily the most feared edifice in Russia, looming on the northeastern side of Lubyanskaya pl is the brain centre behind Stalin's genocidal purges and the…

  • The main wooden arch with light and walking people in Sokolniki park, Moscow,  Russia.


    Meshchansky & Basmanny

    Changed beyond recognition in recent years, Sokolniki park is criss-crossed by cycling paths, and blends into a proper forest bordering on Losiny Ostrov…

  • The Sakharov Center museum and cultural center in Moscow devoted to protection of human rights in Russia preserving the legacy of Andrei Sakharov.

    Sakharov Centre

    Meshchansky & Basmanny

    South of Kursky vokzal, by the Yauza River, is a small park with a two-storey house containing a human-rights centre named after Russia's most famous…

  • Visitors admiring the plants of Aptekarsky Ogorod.

    Aptekarsky Ogorod

    Meshchansky & Basmanny

    Moscow's lovely botanic garden was established in 1706. Originally owned by the Moscow general hospital to grow herbs and other medicinal plants, its name…

  • Chistye Prudy pond in Moscow.

    Chistye Prudy

    Meshchansky & Basmanny

    Clean Ponds is the lovely little pond that graces the Boulevard Ring at the ul Pokrovka intersection. The Boulevard Ring is always a prime location for…

  • Museum of Russian Icons on Goncharnaya Street in Moscow.

    Museum of the Russian Icon

    Meshchansky & Basmanny

    This museum houses the private collection of Russian art patron Mikhail Abramov. He has personally amassed a collection of more than 4000 pieces of…

  • Old Believers’ Community

    Meshchansky & Basmanny

    One of Russia’s most atmospheric religious centres is the Old Believers’ Community, located at Rogozhskoe, 3km east of Taganskaya pl. The Old Believers…

  • ArtPlay

    Meshchansky & Basmanny

    A 'design centre', ArtPlay occupies the buildings of the former Manometer factory and is home to firms specialising in urban planning and architectural…

  • Bunker-42 Cold War Museum

    Meshchansky & Basmanny

    On a quiet side street near Taganskaya pl, a nondescript neoclassical building is the gateway to the secret Cold War–era communications centre. The…

  • Beautiful kremlin in Izmailovo, Moscow, Russia

    Kremlin in Izmaylovo

    Meshchansky & Basmanny

    The famous flea market is only part of a big theme park that includes shops, restaurants, museums and monuments, all contained within a mock ‘kremlin’ …

  • Exterior of Moscow Choral Synagogue.

    Choral Synagogue

    Meshchansky & Basmanny

    Construction of a synagogue was banned inside Kitay Gorod, so Moscow’s oldest and most prominent synagogue was built just outside the city walls, not far…

  • Novospassky Monastery

    Meshchansky & Basmanny

    Novospassky Monastery, a 15th-century fort-monastery, is about 1km south of Taganskaya pl. The centrepiece of the monastery, the Transfiguration Cathedral…

  • Stalin’s Bunker

    Meshchansky & Basmanny

    A branch of the Central Museum of Armed Forces, Stalin's Bunker was built under a sports stadium in the late 1930s in anticipation of the conflict with…

  • Yelokhovsky Cathedral

    Meshchansky & Basmanny

    Built between 1837 and 1845, the Church of the Epiphany in Yelokhovo has been Moscow’s senior Orthodox cathedral since 1943. With five domes in a Russian…

  • Vysotsky Cultural Centre

    Meshchansky & Basmanny

    Part museum, part performance space, part art exhibit, this cultural centre pays tribute to local legend Vladimir Vysotsky (1938–80). Singer and…

  • Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya

    Meshchansky & Basmanny

    The Leningradskaya – now owned and operated by Hilton – is the smallest of the Stalinist skyscrapers that dot the city. At 136m, it towers over…

  • Krasnye Vorota Apartment Block

    Meshchansky & Basmanny

    This 131m Stalinist skyscraper houses the Ministry of Transportation. The block is allegedly slightly lopsided, due to settling of the soil on one side of…

  • Kotelnicheskaya Apartment Block

    Meshchansky & Basmanny

    Completed in 1940, this 176m Stalinist skyscraper towers over the south of the city, at the confluence of the Moscow and Yauza Rivers.

  • Ecclesiastic Residence

    Meshchansky & Basmanny

    Across the road running south of Novospassky Monastery is the sumptuous Ecclesiastic Residence. It was the home of the Moscow metropolitans after the…

  • Vodka History Museum

    Meshchansky & Basmanny

    A concept long overdue, the Vodka History Museum is just three rooms, with the all-important traktir (tavern) attached.

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