Kamergersky Lane (lit chamberlains lane) goes from Tverskaya Street to Bolshaya Dmitrovka and has a very small length (only 250 meters) but a rich history connected with the life and work of a large number of famous figures of Russian culture. This is one of the most famous streets of Moscow.
The Lane was renamed many times - Spassky, Starogazetny, and even the Hudojestvenny Teatr (lit. Art Theatre) passage. But in the end, the name Kamergersky was assigned to it.
The street has been known since the 16th century, when the St. George Convent was built between Kamergersky lane and the parallel Georgievsky Lane. Its territory reached almost to the middle of the alley.
In the XVII century on each side of the lane were 3-4 possessions, and it was only seven meters wide. In the XIX century, the appearance of the street has changed greatly, many houses have changed their owners. In the fire of 1812, the St. George Monastery was badly damaged, and then was abolished, and all wooden buildings burned down.
First and foremost, it is closely connected with the names of many Russian big cultural figures.
For example, the former Streshnyov's Estate is famous for being the place where Pushkin played cards and Leo Tolstoy worked on his War and Peace novel. Another local highlight is the former Chevalier Hotel — a popular place to stay among the writing elite of the 19th century (Nekrasov, Fet, Pushchin, Tolstoy, Chaadayev, etc.).
Some other famous Russians who used to live in the lane include writers Michail Sholokhov, Jury Olesha, and Lev Kassil, actors Vasily Kachalov and Lyubov Orlova, composer Sergei Prokofiev, painter Vasily Tropinin, poets Mikhail Svetlov and Eduard Bagritsky.
The lane also boasts Chekhov Moscow Art Theater, the Pedagogical Book House (one of the oldest Moscow stores), monuments to actor Stanislavsky, playwright Nemirovich-Danchenko, and composer Prokofiev.
Nowadays, Kamergersky Lane is a charming beautifully illuminated place full of cozy restaurants and street musicians. But it still bears the Bohemian spirit of the 19th century Moscow. No doubt, it’s a great place for a pleasurable stroll!