Every large city in the world has at least one famous street, in which people would do business, shopping, exploring art and culture, and other sorts of things, and there are several prominent shopping centers as well. For example, Moscow, the capital of Russia, has the Arbat Street, near the historic center of the city, which many tourists have visited for shopping, fun, art, and culture during their tour to Russia. However, it's not the only shopping lane in Moscow. The Kuznetsky Most is another shopping lane in Moscow that has been one of the upper-class shopping lanes for more than three centuries. It's also one of the places that we at the Star Travel Group would suggest our travelers during their Moscow tour.
Although the origin of Kuznetsky Most dates back to the end of the 15th century during the Prince Ivan III of Russia reign, and later to the fire of 1737, it was in the middle of the 18th century when this street became one of the most prestigious streets of Moscow. It acquired its name from the Blacksmiths' Bridge on the Neglinka River. After the fire of 1737 in Moscow, the Kuznetsky Most rebuilt and turned to a place for upper-class buildings and stores. The Vorontsov family had bought and merged the vast territories on the north of the street, and the famous bridge was built on Neglinnaya by Dmitry Ukhtomsky. During that time, Kuznetsky Most housed many famous people, including one of the worst people of that time, Darya Saltykova, who was a woman of noble families, but also a serial killer who condemned to life in prison for her crimes.
Before the time that Napoleon invaded Russia, the Kuznetsky Most was full of French stores. When the French Grand Army approached Moscow, almost all the residents of Moscow, including the army, had abandoned the town. While the great fire of 1812 was burning the city, the French troops maintained their fellow countrymen stores from the fire, that's why the Kiznetsky Most remained almost untouched by the fire. After the Russian army successfully defeated and repulsed the Napoleon army, the Kuznetsky Most once again became the place for high-class stores, but this time, Italian, English, and other traders had joined the French traders. Still, most of the stores, including fashion shops, bookstores, and upper-class stores, had been managed by French traders.
Now during this time up to the October Revolution, there were many well-known buildings on this street, which some of them even turned out to be attractive places on tour to Russia. The Dzhamgarov Bank and the Juncker Bank Building turned the Kuznetsky Most into the financial center of Moscow. Though the family house of Count Dimitry Shcherbatov, Shcherbatov family house was one of the well-known places for the Muscovites during that time, the real famous, yet, not so remarkable building on this street was the No.9, Yar Restaurant. This restaurant that belonged to Frenchman Tranquille Yard was meeting place for various celebrities and famous people of Russia during that time, including Pushkin and Anton Delvig. However, today, the building houses Atlas, which is a map shop.
After the October Revolution, several things had changed in these streets. Several buildings, including a church on this street, demolished due to the anti-religious beliefs of the Bolsheviks. Many of the stores had turned to government offices. However, several new stores had opened up, including multiple book stores and publishing houses, in which two of them have survived today and become one of the top hunting places for international book enthusiasts in Moscow. If you had enough time during your Russia tour, you could visit these places when you visit Moscow.
The Kuznetsky Most has reacquired its status as one of the upper-class shopping lanes of the city from the 1980s. It also houses several cultural institutions, such as Kuznetsky Most Exhibition Hall, the Moscow Operetta Theater, and two state libraries. As you can see, there are lots of reasons for tourists to visit this street on their tour to Russia. The gallery of the Moscow House of Artists, the School of Fine Arts, and Moscow Operetta Theatre have the duty to represent the art and culture of Russia to its visitors as well as several other art galleries, gift shops, and exhibition centers. Several street artists have brought their talent and art to Kuznetsky Most visitors. Kuznetsky Most are also one of the historic streets of Moscow, in which tourists will visit houses of noble families, many architectural masterpieces, and historical monuments, such as Tretyakov Apartment House, which considers as one of the cultural heritage of Moscow in the Russia tour. Tourists will also be able to roam inside this street as couples since there are lots of cafés, restaurants, and romantic places that they can enjoy during their travel to Russia.
However, the most notable feature of this street is its stores, especially one of the brand-new international shopping centers in Moscow, The TsUM. TsUM is one of the most fashionable shopping centers in Moscow, in which visitors can shop for almost anything from clothes, jewelry, beauty, and cosmetic products, women's shoes, bags, and other accessories, men's accessories as well as clothes, watches, kids' clothing, decoration, souvenir, and many other things from top brands of the world. Although TsUM has been reopened in recent years, its history dates back to more than a century ago. It's also one of the cultural centers of Moscow with several exhibition halls and events that have been hosted there. You can enjoy a safe, fun, and assured shopping in this shopping centers. It's also one of the top shopping centers that we at the Star Travel Group would recommend our tourists during the tour to Russia.
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