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The Kropotkinsky District
This picturesque old neighborhood is known as the Kropotkinsky District after the famous Russian anarchist Prince Pyotr Kropotkin. Head for the metro, which is also named in honor of him, that leads to the area's main street ulitsa Prechistenka. It's yet another ancient section of Moscow whose history dates back nearly to the foundation of the city itself. Almost none of its earliest architecture has survived, but this time the Soviets are not entirely to blame. The area suffered badly during the 1812 conflagration of Moscow, so most of its current buildings date to the postwar period of reconstruction, when neoclassicism and the so-called Moscow Empire style were in vogue. Before the revolution, the area was the favored residence of Moscow's old nobility, and it's along its thoroughfares that you'll find many of their mansions and homes, often called "nests of the gentry." It was also the heart of the literary and artistic community, and there were several famous literary salons here. Prince Kropotkin compared it to the Saint-Germain quarter of Paris.
The Kropotkinsky District is served by the Kropotkinskaya, Borovitskaya, Biblioteka Imeni Lenina, and Park Kultury metro stations.
The Kropotkinsky District at a Glance
- Cathedral of Christ Our Savior (Khram Khrista Spasitelya)
- Church of St. Nicholas in Khamovniki (Tserkov Nikoly v Khamovnikakh)
- Monastery of the Conception (Zachatievsky Monastyr)
- Pashkov House (Dom Pashkova)
- Pertsov House (Dom Pertsova)
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