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Bolshaya Nikitskaya street (ulitsa), Moscow

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Bolshaya Nikitskaya Street is a radial street that runs west from Mokhovaya Street to Garden Ring in Moscow, between Vozdvizhenka Street and Tverskaya Street . Central, eastern part of the street is notable for its educational institutions and theaters, western part beyond the Boulevard Ring has many Neoclassical mansions and competes with nearby Povarskaya Street for the title of Moscow's Embassy Row.HistoryThe street originated in the Middle Ages as a thoroughfare leading to Volokolamsk and Novgorod and was known as Volotskaya Street (eastern half) and Novgorodskaya Street (western half); a colony of Novgorod traders existed in present-day Bryusov Lane till the 18th century.In the 16th century, Ivan IV of Russia established his Oprichnina Court on site of present-day University buildings. Nikitskaya name goes back to Nikitsky Convent that stood on site of present-day Subway Substation (no.7/10). The street housed various working communities serving the court, however, as soon as the 17th century, it also gained popularity among nobility. In Peter I's reign, it housed Peter's statesmen like Jacob Bruce, Fyodor Romodanovsky and admiral Fyodor Apraksin. The tradition continued with later statesmen like Alexander Suvorov, and by the end of the 18th century the street became an exclusive upper-class area, with one exception: the central corner block, occupied by Moscow State University building by Matvey Kazakov (1780s).
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  • When walking around wavy Moscow streets and boulevards, do not forget to explore Nikitskaya street and streets around it - it is magnificent! not only does it have rich history, but it also has a lot ...  more »
  • Walked this street as a part of Lonely Planet suggested walking tour. It's a nice street, but I could not appreciate it without a wider context of who lived where and so on. Did not make a very lastin...  more »
  • Stores are gradually leaving the street giving way to restaurants and cafes. Katostraficheskoe Ankur after reconstruction and the abundance of Office centers dictate their own laws. For if you on their two choice places to snack is clearly expanding. The old (Apple Pie, Tart, Coal) for the last two years have been a decent Steak, conceptual Northerners and affordable Apartment 44 and Bread & wine. Here we go between them.
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