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Moscow Sights

Patriarch's Ponds (Patriarshy Prudy)

  • ul. Malaya Bronnaya Map It
  • Ulitsa Tverskaya
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Updated 11/26/2013

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The beginning of Russian satirist and novelist Mikhail Bulgakov's (1891–1940) novel The Master and Margarita is set in a small park surrounding these ponds, named after the patriarch of the Orthodox Church, who once owned the area. Shaded by trees and with plenty of benches, it's a nice spot for a break, and there are several good restaurants nearby, including a pavilion near the ponds where they serve kitschy Soviet cuisine in an opulent setting. In winter the pond is used as a skating rink. The surrounding neighborhood has become one of Moscow's poshest.

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ul. Malaya Bronnaya, Moscow, 123001, Russia

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Updated 11/26/2013


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