The Old Arbat

Arbat can rightly be called the main Moscow Street. And not because it is the largest or Central Metropolitan artery. Not at all. Muscovites and guests of the capital value it for its unique charm, standing architectural samples of past eras, for its freedom and romance, which the street artists and musicians personify, for its unique spirit of old Moscow, which is noble and intelligent. Many homes of the Arbat are linked to the history and life of great Russian people and preserve their names. Indeed, the Arbat is a unique place. It's not just a street, it is a special "piece" of the capital, a kind of "Moscow in Moscow” with its own history, identity, traditions and with its own landscape.

And it's not just a street, but an area from the Kremlin to the Moscow river. Many times burned and rebuilt, Arbat has borne enough pain throughout its long history and a long ago became a symbol of old Moscow. It is immortalized in poems, prose, songs and movies. Nowadays with this name we mean a small street, which in recent years has become a pedestrian zone, but actually the Arbat is a historic district of Moscow, which in 1993 celebrated its 500th anniversary. It's nice that to this day, despite the many changes that have afflicted the area lately, Arbat retains its creative, relaxing and peculiar spirit, and served as a magnet for all those wonderful people who have lived and worked here, under the welcoming shade of quiet green courtyards and charming side lanes.