Borovitskaya Square

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Borovitskaya square is a major traffic intersection that's always busy with cars. It's located opposite the Borovitskaya Kremlin Tower and adjoined by the southern tip of the Alexander Gardens. At the North end it leads into Mokhovaya street, parallel with Manège street, while to the South it goes into Volkhonka street, where the gold domes of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour are visible for miles around. To the West of Borovitskaya Square is Znamenka street, where the rose-coloured building with the white colonnade is the gallery of the artist Shilov.
Borovitskaya square is dominated by the large white house of the merchant Pashkov. Start by looking at this house and moving your view to the left you'll see the Shakhovskye family mansion on a small hill, and next the Alexander Gardens and the Borovitskaya Tower of the Kremlin. Keep turning and you next see the Great Stone Bridge, which connects the left bank of the Moskva river to the Zamoskvorechie area. From the bridge there's a traffic exit to Kremlin embankment.


Borovitskaya square takes its name from the Borovitskaya Kremlin Tower, which looks out across the square from the Kremlin. The Tower is on the southwest slope of Borovitsky hill – counted as one of Moscow's seven hills. The slopes where the Kremlin now stands were once a coney forest, or “bor” in Russian – thus the name “Borovitskaya”, or Coney Hill. The open area below once home to craftsmen and traders serving the Kremlin in the C18th. The area's current appearance dates only to the 1930s, when the wooden huts and shops were demolished to make way for the Great Stone Bridge and the wide access road needed for it. The present road layout dates from 1972.

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Moscow is the capital of the ancient and modern Russian state. It has been playing crucial role for centuries. Here you can face all episodes of rich and gorgeous Russian history.

The city is full of historical buildings, monuments, cathedrals, museums and parks. It started many centuries ago from the Kremlin – medieval city-fortress overlooking the Moskva River. Now it is not only the government seat but open air museum. Behind the tall red brick walls palaces, cathedrals and museums are hidden. You can get there through one of the gates and walk along the streets that saw Ivan the Terrible, Boris Godunov, Peter the Great and all other Romanovs, and the Soviet leaders.

You can visit all the cathedrals on Sobornaya (Cathedral) Square, climb Ivan the Great Bell Tower, take photos of the Tzar Bell and Tzar Cannon, see state regalia, ceremonial vestments and gold and silver relics in the world-known treasury-house – the Armoury Chamber. To say more, the Kremlin and its vicinities are on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

We would like to advise you not to concentrate on the Kremlin only. Now you can get out of the Kremlin through the Spasskiye Gate and find yourself on Red Square – the main square of the country where Victory Day parades take place. In winter there is a skating rink with some kind of souvenir bazar. Red Square is famous for being the part of so called Kitai-Gorod – the second ring of fortified walls. Here you will see the beautiful fairy-tale St. Basil’s Cathedral. It is open for tourists and it’s worth visiting. Other places that pay tourists’ attention are GUM (the main center for shopaholics), Lenin’s Mausoleum, the State History Museum and the small Cathedral of the Kazan Icon of Our Lady. If you go along Nikolskaya Street, you will get to Lubyanka Square with the imposing buildings of former KGB and the biggest in Russia Children's World Department Store.

If you decide to go through the Resurrection Gate you will find yourself on Manezhnaya (Manege) Square at the entrance to the Alexander Garden. It’s a large pedestrian open space and a nice place to walk and relax near the fountains. Underground Trade Centre ”Okhotny Ryad” or “the Hunter’s Row” is a paradise for shopping. You can continue your walk towards Arbat or Tverskaya Street. There are also fine buildings to visit and to take pictures of: The Shilov Art Gallery, hotels “Moskva”, “Nationale”, Pashkov's House, The Former House of the Moscow State Duma etc.

If you decide to turn round Georgy Zhukov’s horse monument you’ll occur on Revolution Square where you can visit the Museum of Patriotic War of 1812. From there it’s very easy to get to Teatralnaya or “Theatre” Square limited by the Metropol Hotel, The Bolshoi and the Maly Theatres. In the center you will find a beautiful fountain by Vitali.

All these sites and even more you will be able to visit and explore with knowledgeable audio excursion with offline map from Your Audio Guide “Attractions around the Kremlin”. You will find Moscow very pleasant for spending holidays.


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