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Lenivka Street is one of the shortest streets in Moscow – just 120 metres. It would be hard to say Lenivka is an attractive street, but there are some pleasant views to be had from here. On one side you can see the Moskva River, while from the other you can see a colonnaded building which was formerly Shuvalova's house – now the Pushkin Fine Arts Museum.
Lenivka, or Lazy Street, got its name in the C17th. Some say the name came from the Lazy Market, a small bazaar trading in knick-knacks on the corner with Volkhonka – called “lazy” because the traders sold their stuff from the backs of their wagons, and didn't even move it onto market stalls. But another legend about Lazy Street's name says it comes from the Lenivka, or Lazy Rivulet, which flows into the Neglinnaya River here – and called 'lazy' because it idles along. The first large stone bridge across the Moskva was built from the end of Lenivka street - All Saint's Bridge. It connected the Kremlin side of the city to Zamoskvorechie on the far side. It made Lenivka Street a thronging and bustling place of crowds, waggoners, and tradespeople – unlike Lenivka today. However, when the replacement stone bridge was built in the 1930s, life practically stopped on Lenivka Street.
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.