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The Patriarshy Bridge connects the Cathedral of Christ the Savior with Yakimanskaya Embankment through Sadovnichesky Island.
The Patriarshy Bridge is by far not a typical Moscow building. Its architects and engineers were inspired by the traditional bridge architecture of the C19th. For example, the Patriarshy Bridge is decorated with quite extraordinary lamps that look very similar to those pre-revolutionary next to the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. This mansion-style pedestrian bridge connects Prechistenskaya and Yakimanskaya Embankments, thus joining the two parts of Moscow continent. A pedestrian walking on the bridge might not even set foot on the Island of Moscow.
The Patriarshy Bridge was opened in 2004. Back then it used to be quite empty, perhaps because the Muscovites were a bit frightened by the unusual height of the bridge over the river. Nevertheless, the place became fairly popular shortly afterwards. Now many people come here just to take a walk. It was here that an interesting tradition was born - though it already existed in many European cities – when lovers hang locks on the bridge as a sign of their love and devotion to one another. The locks vary from very small ones, for suitcases, to huge padlocks. This tradition has also spread to the neighbouring Louzhkov Bridge on Bolotnaya Square. Very soon there was no longer space for all the locks there, so they have even installed special metal trees to hang the locks on them. Recently it has become another tradition to record the New Year’s speech of Russian president Dmitry Medvedev on the Patriarshy bridge.
You get wonderful view of Moscow from the Patriarshy Bridge. On one side you can see the majestic Cathedral of Christ the Savior with two embankments at its both sides. To its right you will see Kremlin and to its left Prechistenskaya Embankment. The first house on the embankment, the brick-red building with ornamented tile panel, is the house of Zinaida Pertsova. On its opposite side you can see Bersenevskaya Embankment of Sadovnichesky Island.
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.