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The building – or rather we'd better say the ruins of the building, behind builder's mesh – on the even-numbered side of Volkhonka is the main house of a mansion estate owned by Renkevich.
We know that the Statesman Renkevich had become the owner of this house at Volkhonka 8 by 1801. The house was rebuilt many times, and the current appearance dates to the post-1812 period, during which many Moscow homes were fire-damaged during Napoleon's retreat from Moscow. The great Muscovite architect Matvei Kazakov listed this building in his book of “Moscow's finest buildings” as one of the most beautiful.
As far as we can determine, Renkevich's mansion is the longest-surviving building on Volkhonka street. But in what condition it survives is unclear, judging by the building works going on. It's unclear in what form the building will finally emerge.
A pub was doing business on this stretch of land in the latter C18th – known as “The Volkhonka”. Back then the landowners were not the Renkevich's, but the Grand-Princes Volkonsky. In the courtyard we find some C17th chambers surviving from the time when the Volkonskys owned the estate. Yefim Renkevich bought it at the turn of the C19th.
When the Renkevich's bought the property, the Volkhonka Tavern was moved to a different building, between the main house and the building next door, to the left. This building still survives, but regrettably the tavern isn't serving.
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.