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Архитектурная сказка Шехтеля на Тверском бульваре, особняк П.П. Смирнова

Особняк Смирнова

Тверской бульвар – старейший бульвар Москвы. За более чем 200-летнюю историю бульвар становился свидетелем многих удивительных событий. Тверской бульвар послужил сценой для театра под названием московская жизнь. На его подмостках разыгрывались всевозможные драматические постановки комедийного или даже водевильного свойства, но чаще – трагичного. Бульвар помнит и солдат великой армии Наполеона, и страсти российской аристократии, и разношерстную московскую публику, которая очень любила приятно проводить здесь время, посещая кафе «Арбатская» и наслаждаясь благоуханием цветов.

В ходе нашей экскурсии мы побываем в роскошных комнатах этого особняка. Каждая из этих комнат оформлена в своем архитектурном стиле: «Романский», «Классический», «Египетский». Полюбуемся на причудливую потолочную лепнину с барельефами и росписями в стиле модерн, рассмотрим огромные витражи и средневековые сюжеты на впечатляющем своими размерами камине. Попробуем разгадать символы и знаки, оставленные нам архитектором в интерьерах этого особняка.

Среди архитектурных бриллиантов Тверского бульвара немало примечательных зданий, достойных отдельного внимания. Например, особняк винозаводчика П.П. Смирнова. В начале 20 века элегантный, нежно-зеленого цвета, особняк был перестроен из старинной городской усадьбы архитектором Ф.О Шехтелем. Мастеру модерна удалось создать невероятный по красоте и изяществу сказочный дворец.

Вы узнаете:

  • Кто из известных людей бывал в доме П.П. Смирнова?
  • Какие байки ходят в Москве про этот особняк?
  • Какие инженерные новшества были впервые применены Шехтелем при строительстве особняка?
  • Как сложилась судьба Смирновых после революции?
  • За что Шехтеля называли “плохим” архитектором?

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Since olden times there were public and home bathhouses in Moscow. They were constructed mostly along rivers and streams. On the boundary of XVIII-XIX centuries bath business in Moscow changed considerably for better. The bathhouses that could compete with the best ones in Turkey, Hungary, Italy in service quality and external and internal design began to appear.

On our excursion you will visit the bathhouse, which is very famous all over Moscow and outside it. Special atmosphere of comfort and luxury reigned here. A lot of well-known persons have been in Sanduny: Chekhov, Rachmaninoff, Gilyarovsky, Chalyapin and many others. You have a great opportunity to visit Sanduny in the day off and get to know:

  • who and under what circumstances decided to build the best bathhouse in Moscow?
  • Is it true, that silver and golden washtubs were used in the bath?
  • Where were Teutonic knights sinking?
  • What famous movies were filmed in Sanduny?

And, of course, you will have an opportunity to explore the beautiful interiors, which are extant from the XIX century.



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It’s but a step from the Kremlin

opmbaa_ xoiequfbOne of the oldest streets in Moscow, Varvarka, located in the heart of our city. We will make a fascinating journey to the past while walking along it. We will see the old Chambers of boyars Romanovs in Zaryadye and Hostynnyi Dvor, then move to the Red Square, where you will hear an interesting story about the origins of the Moscow Kremlin and the main square of our country.

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Tver Boulevard, Nikitsky Boulevard (incl. visiting the S. Ryabushinsky mansion)

809884Moscow Boulevard Ring encircles the heart of our city like a pearl necklace. People make an appointment for dating here and leisurely walk among the tall trees and thick shrubs that are covered with greenery and fragrant flowers in summer. Beautiful facades of old estates stretch along the both sides of the boulevards. The few old churches which haven’t lost threw centuries appear unexpectedly on our way as if by magic.  Moscow boulevards cherish the memory of poets, writers, artists and all those famous people who have visited them at all times. Dwelling house (XVIII-XIX), Parshins’ estate (XVIII-XX, in 1914-1950 – Chamber theater of Tairov), Yakovlev’s estate (XVIII-XIX), Lunins’ estate. 

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Masons in Moscow


Masons are the oldest secret society that has incorporated the knowledge, customs and rituals of many ancient civilizations. The Order of the brotherhood has been existing officially since the early 18th century. Many of the basic rituals, signs and symbols of the Masons are declassified by now. So we have a real opportunity to become more familiar with the secrets of the brotherhood.

On our tour we will talk about the various legends associated with the appearance of the brotherhood. Where and when were the first lodges? What was the rite of the passage? When did Masons come to Moscow? What were they doing and what goal did they pursue? What prominent and influential people in Russia were еру members of the brotherhood?

We’ll walk along the historic streets of Moscow, feast our eyes on the houses in which the meeting of Masonic lodges took place . We’ll talk about the influence of Masons on the city’s architecture, some art forms such as painting, poetry. And also we’ll try to find Masonic symbols on the Moscow architectural monuments  and understand their meanings.


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Moscow Middle Ages

2Muscovy, how the city was called in the old days, was extremely lively and interesting city. Here reigned special laws and practices, customs and traditions, which sometimes bordered on the savagery and brutality. In the Middle Ages Moscow was developing rapidly. Evident progress was felt in education, culture, art, urban planning, etc.

We will certainly talk about all this on our tour. And you will learn a lot about the day-to-day life of citizens of different classes, from the king-father to the poor tramp, those days.

Most of you will be curious to know:

  • Who are holy fools and what did ancient Moscow think about this phenomenon?
  • Where and how were criminals executed?
  • What was the most shocking thing for foreigners when they arrived to Moscow?
  • Where was the first book in Moscow published?
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Magic and symbolism of the modern

ryab_bThere are houses in Moscow, which evoke the feeling of joyful surprise. They have a special attraction, their own fascinating enchantment. Each of them emits its own magic, it is strikingly individual and fabulously beautiful. The history of the famous mansions of Morozovs, Ryabushinskij, Mindovskijs. Unknown pages of the lifes of their creators. Family secrets and legends, love stories and fortune tangles – fascinating world of mystery.

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The Secrets of Ambassadorial Residences

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABehind high fences of a hundreds and a half foreign embassies life is bustling with its own customs and rituals. Many embassies are located in the unique old mansions. Almost all the mansions are covered with romantic legends, have their own fascinating history and family secrets. For example, the mansion, in which  the Embassy of Nigeria is located today, was owned by A. Suvorov;  the Embassy of Greece was owned by  Governor General Zakrevskii, who was known as Churban-Pasha for his rudeness. The imperceptible building of the embassy of Tunisia, was chosen once for housing for one of the most sinister figures of the Stalin era – Lawrence Beria, whose ghost still scares people.

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The night at the Patriarch’s Ponds

5535_640Romantic tour through evening Moscow.

We will walk through the mysterious Moscow, where the events of the novel by Mikhail Bulgakov “The Master and Margarita” were unfolding.  But you will not just walk along the routes of Bulgakov’s heroes, you will be also addicted to the historical investigation.  Who is hiding under the mask of the Master? Which of the Moscow mansions is the mansion of Marguerite?  What real figure could be the prototype of Voland? Who were incomparable Margarita and other characters of the book in the real life?  Hypotheses, version, guesses. Secrets of the Goat swamp. The legendary Patriarch’s Ponds. The “Voland’s Bench”. The ghost of the “black cat”…

In short, the feeling of the mysticism, as thick as the Moscow night, is guaranteed.

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Vozdvizhenka, Znamenka, Volkhonka

46423From the very center of Moscow a lot of roads ray and they will certainly lead the traveler to the new discoveries and adventures. Along the streets of Moscow facades of different architectural styles stretch.  In ancient times in Russia the word “street” was understood as the facade (the Russian word “uliza” is similar to the meaning “near the face”) . On our tour we will look into the “faces” of the city. Maybe sometimes they look clumsy and ugly, and sometimes their faces are beautiful, but believe me, no matter what impression the contemplation of Moscow buildings will make on you, the secrets or amazing story is hiding behind each of them.

  • What does the word “vaganit'” mean?
  • Who dwelt on the Vagankonsky Hill near the Kremlin walls in ancient times?
  • Why is the little park near the Borovitsky Gate called “The Nixon’s Lawn”?
  • What secrets are hidden behind the walls of the Pashkov’s House?
  • Where did the artist Tropinin live?
  • How and where was the Russian theater originating?
  • Where was Malyuta Skuratov buried?
  • Which vicissitudes of life did Count Nikolai Sheremetev and serf girl Praskovya Zhemchugovoy pass for their great love?
  • Why is the place for the Cathedral of Christ the Savior considered as cursed?
  • How and for what did “Princesse Nocturn” revenge her husband Prince Sergei Mihajlovich Golitsyn?


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Great tour along the Great Nikitskaya

5899717_orlovnikit1Nikitskaya street – one of the oldest streets in Moscow. The street got its name in the XVI century from Nikitskij nunnery which had been located here long before. In Ivan the Terrible time Muscovites tried to avoid this district of Moscow, because they knew that there was the darkest institution, Oprichny Yard. Loyal king servants oprichniki terrified all Russian people not only with their brutal deeds, but with their appearance. They were dressed in black clothes and everyone was carrying a broom and a dog’s head. The broom was to sweep out treason, and the dog’s head was to sniff out and gnaw out betrayal.

But times changed and  since the 17-18 centuries G. Nikitskaya st. have been chosen by aristocrats, Orlovs, Menshikovs, Bruces, Glebova-Streshnevas, etc. who have been building magnificent palaces for themselves. The street became the most respectable place in the city. Theatres, music salons, Moscow University appeared here. The building of Moscow Conservatory was constructed on the Nikitskaya st. in the second half of 19th century.

On our tour you will find out:

  • Where was the theater, which was visited by Napoleon Bonaparte?
  • In what house did  the “Friend of Children” pediatrician Neal Filatov live and what happened to his nose?
  • Why was Alexander Pushkin forced to marry in the unfinished church?
  • What did the admirer of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky talent do to persuade the great composer to marry her?
  • Where was Oprichny Yard of Ivan the Terrible?
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Kuznetsky Most and its suburbs

n43n-s21Epochs change each other and leave visible traces on the face of the city. Some districts, streets, and alleys have lost their former outline and charm forever. Yet, there are still some places in Moscow, over which time has no authority. Kuznetsky Most is the oldest street in Moscow, a kind of little piece of Western Europe.

  • Where was Kuzneckij bridge?
  • In what house did the “saint doctor” live?
  • Where did the famous murderer Saltychiha the Cannibal dwell?
  • How could French work and how could German rest in this Moscow district?
  • In what house did the first restaurant “Yar” open?
  • When did the first Moscow power station begin to work and where was it?
  • Where did the most brutal prince of Peter epoch live and how did he usually welcome his guests?
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On the way to the Golden Horde

xx1-60The name of the street “Ordynka” speaks for itself. Once upon a time in this part of Zamoskvorechye people from the Horde lived. They were Tatars and Russian palace servants who conveyed the documents from the Grand Duke to the Horde. This Moscow district hadn’t been densely populated and under development for a long time, till 17th century. Here arable fields and royal gardens stretched. With time numerous settlements began to appear. Mainly  craftsmen and artisans lived and worked there. Great Ordynka st. still keeps the imprint of the past.

On our tour you will be sure to find out:

  • What relics are kept in the churches on the Gr. Ordynka?
  • How did the granddaughter of Queen Victoria influence on the spiritual life of ordinary people in Russia and what legacy has left by her on the G. Ordynka st.?
  • On what basis did Pavel Tretyakov choose and then buy the paintings from Russian artists for his collection?
  • What lifestyle was in merchant families in 19th century? What did they wear? How did they amuse themselves when they were bored?
  • In what house did Anna Akhmatova love to stay at her friends?
  • Where did the person, who was a prototype of critic Latunsky from Bulgakov’s novel “Master and Margarita”, live?
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Moscow in the legends and myths!

aa0d9c44952aOn our walking tour you will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the history of the area of the three stations. Then we will proceed towards the city center, cross the Garden Ring and get to the Butcher Street, which has still preserved the charm of aristocratic and bourgeois Moscow. We will surely visit Chistoprudny Boulevard and feast our eyes upon the Church of Archangel Gabriel (Menshikov Tower) in one of its alleys. On our excursion you will hear the legends about the origin of Moscow principality. The wonderful world of Moscow myths and ghost will throw its hospitable doors open in front of you.

  • How did the name “Moscow” originate?
  • Where in Moscow are the parallel dimensions, which can be used for time travelling?
  • In what house did the great magician Yakov Bruce live?
  • What happens to those, who are very fond of money?
  • Where was the estate of Stepan Kuchka?
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Marosejka Street and Pokrovka Street (charm of the past)

3239On an imaginary time machine you can make the unforgettable journey through centuries and  find yourself on the old alleys of Marosejka and Pokrovka. The heart of Moscow has still preserved some quiet and comfy places, that has’t lost their charm of past centuries. On our way we will find religion objects of different confessions (synagogue, Ivanovo Monastery and Lutheran Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul). We will also see the old chambers of the 17th century, the tourists will hear fascinating stories about persons who has lived here. We will walk along Pokrovka Street and turn to Chistoprudny Boulevard and find out:

  • Where has the beautiful buildings of tenement houses of the late 19th and early 20th centuries preserved?
  • Where did the family of famous Moscow confectioners live?
  • Who are the “guests”?
  • When did Lutheranism arise in Moscow?
  • What secrets does the “Chest House” keep?
  • Where is the canon, which was stolen from Kremlin in the 19th century?
  • Who is Marta Skavronskaya and where did king’s brides live?
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Arbat street and its alleys

gappasov34Arbat street can be can be safely labeled as the place that attracts enchants and forces to return again and again. The amazing world full of stories and legends, historical facts and interesting personalities, who have lived and worked on the Arbat street, will be opened in front of you. We will walk through the well-known Arbat alleys. We will stroll along the longest alley in Moscow. Our route lie near the place where  the “Devil house” was. You will surely visit the Moscow yard, where the famous Russian artist V. Polenov worked. You’ll find out:

  • Where did “Suvorochka” live and how did her husband make an exhibition of himself?
  • In what mansion did the ball of Satan pass?
  • How was the Vahtangov Theater  arising?
  • Why did “Braga” become “Prague” and what rumors about this restaurant did circulate?
  • Where is the birthplace of Alexander Suvorov?
  • In what Moscow house was Marina Tsvetaeva really happy?
  • Where was the loved by all song “Moscow Nights” written?