Tverskaya Street is all about history and amazing architecture. It is the central and the longest street of Moscow with lots of tourist attractions, from the daunting grey building of the State Duma to newly reconstructed Triumfalnaya Square. If you don’t have much time, here’s a short list of things you simply can’t miss out:
buying Russian delicacies and handmade sweets in Eliseev’s Food Hall, the breathtaking Neoclassical building. It was once home of Princess Zinaida Aleksandrovna Volkonskaya and still is a royal treat for your eyes;
visiting Pushkin Square, named after the outstanding Russian poet, with the monument to him. If you’re lucky enough, you’ll participate in one of many festivals taking place there;
attending the State Central Museum of Contemporary History housed in a Neoclassical mansion that was built in the late 1790s. It is one of the world’s largest museums of this kind having more than 1.8 million objects in its collection.
Tverskaya street now looks rather modern with its houses in the style of Soviet classics of the mid-20th century. What happened in 1930s was a major reconstruction, when the street was widened and some houses ... changed their location.
In order to do it, builders used rails. Moreover, when moving houses, communications did not stop to operate. Even if a building was already on rails, lights were still on, water and heating were functioning. The specialists simply connected a new temporary communication system using rubber pipes. The process was carried out at nighttime, and many residents did not even notice it while sleeping.
In 1940, even the building of the Moscow City Council on Tverskaya was moved. The uniqueness was that it was relocated along with its basement. During the process, none of the officials stopped their work.
Today Tverskaya Street is the main street of Moscow. High-class hotels ("National", "Ritz Carlton", "Marriott Grand"), famous shops (Eliseevsky, bookstore "Moscow"), cafes, restaurants, museums and theaters are concentrated here.