Alexander Garden and Okhotny Ryad

Alexander Garden ©

Alexander Garden

One of the first public park in Moscow is the Alexander Garden. From the western Kremlin wall all the way to Moscow Manege and Kremlin, an entire distance of 865 meters. Moscow Manege is an oblong building, a very large indoor riding academy thus its name Manege Square. You can find it adjacent to the Red Square. In the Lomonosov in northwest, the Alexander Garden is of three parts, the Upper Garden, Middle Garden and the Lower Garden.

Though the French troops had destroyed the garden, Tsar Alexander have it reconstructed on the riverbed of the Neglinnaya River and since its completion in 1823, what you see now is a beautiful garden. The 7.5 kilometers long Neglinnaya River has two tunnels and mainly it discharges into Moskva River. Samotechnaya Street has a tunnel under it and that is where the river water flows through. The two bridges near where it discharges are Bolshoy Moskvorestsky Bridge and the Bolshoy Kamenny Bridge. Historically, the Kremlin was built west of the Neglinnaya. It was on a hill. The river was used as a moat for the Kremlin. What you see in the present day on Manezhnaya Square is just an imitation pond and not the Neglinnaya river. What was real river runs very deep and you can hardly see it display properly. What you can see though, are the diminutive statues dotting the area. A Georgian-Russian sculptor made these statues. Some distance from the Manezhnaya Square is the Okhotny Ryad and you are recommended to check out the cafes, underground shopping mall, the Manege exhibition center, the restaurants and museums as well. Domes and many fountains of great beauty are great for photography. Also if you are traveling with your children, they will love those statues decorations of Russian fairy tales (of course only if they knew the Russian tales). Glass domes on the entire square are best watched at night, just because they will all be illuminated.


Kovrov Historical Memorial Museum

Kovrov Historical Memorial Museum

In central Russia, the main attraction is the Kovrov Historical Memorial Museum which dates back to 1927. You can find out more about the history of Kovrov from the collections of clothes and textiles, collections of coins, potter’s goods, blacksmith’s goods, medals for soviet sports competitions. If you walk along Kovrov, you can see many merchant houses, churches and shops with very interesting signs. Recently there is a collection of steel, some automatic small arms produced during Great Patriotic War.


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