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Lebyazhy Lane (Side-street), or Swan Lane, runs from the Great Stone Brige to the smallest street in the city-centre – Lenivka.
Lebyazhy pereulok, or Swan Lane, is a very small lane, but somehow manages to pack in a wide variety of buildings – including an Affiliate Dept of the Moscow Kremlin Museum, and even a restaurant called “The Generals”. The building housing the restaurant is typical of the brick-built buildings of industrial architecture, but with elegant décor. Really the building could use an overhall, or at least some external paintwork, to improve the gloomy impression created by its dirty-yellow colour.
The name of the lane comes from a Swan Pond that was kept here at one time – where swans were bred in the C17th for the Tsar's dining-table. During the time of Peter the Great the pond was filled in, as part of a general clean-up of the area connected with bolstering the bastions of the Kremlin. Swan Lane isn't the kind of place you'd call attractive – uncared-for industrial buildings dominate. It's astounding that all this is just five minutes walk from the Kremlin?
The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is a cathedral on the northern bank of the Moskva River, a few blocks southwest of the Kremlin. With an overall height of 103 metres it is the tallest Orthodox Christian church in the world.
The current church is the second to stand on this site. The original church, built during the 19th century, took more than 40 years to build. It was destroyed in 1931 during the Communist rule of Joseph Stalin. The demolition was supposed to make way for a colossal Palace of the Soviets that was never built, so the church was reconstructed in the 1990s on the same site.
The Cathedral is located on Volkhonka Street, which starts from Borovitskaya Square. The name of the street appeared at the end of the XVIII century when on the lands of the Volkonskis, a famous noble family was a popular tavern "Volkhonka". The street is one of the most ancient in Moscow. It was famous as a district for the rich.
This district is going to become Moscow Museum District. During the tour you will see and have the opportunity to visit a number of art museums: The Tsvetkovsky Gallery, The Ilya Glazunov Art Gallery, The Lopukhin Family Mansion (aka the Roerich Museum), Gallery of European and American Art of the C19th and C20th, The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, The Museum of Private Collections. While walking here you will understand why Moscow used to be accepted as a beautiful jewelry box. In the lanes you will discover old mansions and fall in love with stories of Russian noble families. Such are The Golitsyn Mansion, The Lopukhin Family Mansion, Obolonsky's Mansion, Sergey Tretyakov's Mansion etc. The Chambers of Averky Kirillov - a unique example of a large urban homestead. Chambers, Church of St. Nicholas and outbuildings along the waterfront are a single architectural complex.
Another bright example of Moscow architecture is Pertsova's Rental Apartment Mansions. The house was an apartment house, located on the corner of Soymonovsky passage and Prechistenskaya embankment, built in 1905-1907 by architects N. Zhukov and B.N. Shnaubert on sketches of the artist S.V. Malyutin, author of Russian nesting dolls. The house includes apartments and artists' studios in the upper attic of the building.