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The yellow-and-white house decorated with half-columns and a panoply of decorative elements appeared on the corner of Lebyazhy Lane and Lenivka Street at the end of the C19th – it has large windows on both floors. For a building on Lebyazhy pereulok, or Swan Lane, it's rather attractive. It was once the Wine Cellars of a merchant named Protopopov. The building has recently been entirely renovated, and therefore has a somewhat new look.
It seems a little strange that this grandiose building was built only for storage – as Wine Cellars for a merchant named Protopopov. However, it was not only wine cellars – there were living quarters in the section facing the river, some personal storage space in the rooms overlooking Lenivka, and in the part looking out towards Lebyazhy Lane, or Swan Lane, there were the actual vodka-distilling works – since vodka was the principle 'wine' in which Protopopov dealt. Protopopov's was one of Moscow's best-known drinking-places. But even before Protopopov a certain Governor's secretary named Popov had also been involved in the vodka trade here – and his widow carried on the business after he died. When Protopopov bought out the business here, he named his new company “The Fellowship of Vodka Distillers & Successors To Mr. Popov's Dear Widow”.
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.