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Bolotnaya ploshchad (Bog square), Moscow

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Bolotnaya Square is a square in the center of Moscow, in Yakimanka District, south of the Moscow Kremlin, between the Moskva River and the Vodootvodny Canal . The square is bounded by Bolotnaya Embankment of the canal to the south, by Serafimovicha Street and the House on the Embankment to the west, and by Bolotnaya Street to the north and to the east. The square had the name of Repin Square, commemorating Russian artist Ilya Repin, between 1962 and 1994. The square is built as a pedestrian open space.HistoryThe name of the area, Boloto (literally meaning the marsh), was known since the 14th century, when it was located in the meadows on the low bank of the Moscow River and frequently flooded. It belonged to the district of Zamoskvorechye, south of the river, and became an urban area much later than the left bank of the river, where the Kremlin is located. The square was frequently used for public executions, notably, the famous rebel Stepan Razin in 1671 and Yemelyan Pugachev, a leader of a peasant rebellion, who was executed there in 1775. It was also the last public execution in the square. The area was flooded on a regular basis until the 1780s, when the Vodootvodny Canal was dug to normalize the situation. In the 19th century, the area was built up by the addition houses and warehouses of local merchants, some of which are still intact.
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  • Pretty big square, very silent and quiet amazingly in the very center of Moscow. Popular sculptures are in the one end, Moscow river on the other side.  more »
  • Just place for relaxing, Almost this place is for demontrations (political). Many branchers are near it. Also near the reiver, and the sculptures, the trees for lovers.  more »
  • This is a nice little park that you walk into if you come over the Luzhkov Bridge where all the love trees and locks are located. This also the park where you see the monument dedicated to children vi...  more »