The 5 places in Moscow that will remind you of Paris

Russia as a whole, has a deep appreciation for the French culture and cuisine. In Moscow you will find many French restaurants, pass by buildings that bear a strong resemblance to those you will see in Paris or some other major French city and see quite a few paintings by French artists in the galleries. Here are just a few places that will remind you of France while you are actually in Moscow.

The Church of St. Louis of the French

The entire area between the Bolshaya and Malaya Lubyanka streets was a French community in the 18th  century. In 1786, the French in Russia were given permission to practice Catholicism freely in Russia. The Church of St. Luis of the French was then built and remained open even in the Soviet times. It remains functional till this day, and mass is held in French and a few other languages.

Address: 12A Ulitsa Malaya Lubyanka

Hours: 7:30 AM – 7 PM (open on Sundays only during the renovation until October, 2018)

 

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The Alexandre Dumas French School

The school is located not so far from the church. It was built in the 19th century, and is made up of a school for girls and another one for boys.  The schools were closed after revolution, but luckily one of the French embassy employees found an old postcard with a brick building and an inscription “The educational institute affiliated with the French church”. This lead to the re-opening of the school, where classes are currently taught in French.

Address: 7A Milyutinsky Prospect

 

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Zhan Zhak (Jean Jacques) café

It’s very easy to imagine yourself drinking a cup of coffee with a fresh baguette somewhere in Montmartre when you’re dining in Zhan Zhak! The co-owner, a French painter and a true Parisian, Murielle Rousseau, has managed to recreate an authentic atmosphere of a local bistro in Paris. Stop by in the middle of your walk or come to celebrate one of the French national holidays here, with a glass of wine, while listening to chanson music and trying to memorize a couple of words in the passionate French language.

Address: 6/1 Stoleshnikov Pereulok (see all the venues here)

Hours: 9 AM – 6 AM

Menu preview: quiche with stewed onions – ≈$2; fried chicken leg with herbal butter and crispy potato slices – ≈$7; crème brûlée – ≈$5

 

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The Art Gallery of the European and American Countries of the XIX-XX centuries

The Impressionist painters are France’s national pride. A great number of their works is displayed in this art gallery, opened to gather the numerous paintings donated by the wealthy collectors and the painters themselves. The Impressionists loved picturing Paris city landscape, especially its charming boulevards: you’ll find Monet’s “Boulevard des Capucines” and Pissarro’s “Boulevard Montmartre, Paris” on the 2nd floor.

Address: 14 Ulitsa Volkhonka

Hours: Tuesday-Wednesday, Saturday-Sunday 11 AM – 8 PM, Thursday-Friday 11 AM – 9 PM, Monday is day-off

Admission price: ≈$7

 

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Patriarchy Bridge

End your French walk at the pedestrian bridge near the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. It simulates European architecture of the 19th century, when France clearly was a trend-setter. Adored by couples and newlyweds, this was the first place in Moscow where “love locks”, a symbol of eternal love, started to appear. Aside from the French vibes, this elegant bridge provides awesome panoramic views over the Moscow River and the Kremlin towers.

Address: Ulitsa Volkhonka

 

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