Moscow’s Embankments: Part 1

The Moskva (Moscow) river runs through the capital like  a red thread, connecting different parts of Moscow into a single and unified ensemble. At any given point and time of day, the river offers a different view of the city; the night time dazzles with its energy and millions of lights, while in the daytime, the views are nothing but peaceful and serene. Here are a few embankments, with the most captivating views and interesting (or even mysterious) stories behind them.

The Kremlin embankment (Kremlevskaya Naberezhnaya)

As you might have already guessed from the name, the gem of its view is the Moscow Kremlin. Here, the river passes by the southern wall of the Kremlin, where 7 out of 20 Kremlin towers are visible. From the embankment you can clearly see the historical Vodovzvodnaya Tower that was built in late 15th century and maybe even try to solve the mystery of the Tainitskaya (Secret) Tower that is said to hold a hidden passage from the Kremlin to the river. The Kremlin embankment impresses with its beauty both during the day and in the night. You simply must take a postprandial walk on the embankment, from the Alexandrovsky garden and enjoy a refreshing shade of centuries-old spruces and lindens.  However, it’s also worth coming here in the evening to see the lights of the Red Square and Basil’s Descent reflecting in the water and muffling up the city with their magical haze.

Location: Biblioteka Imeni Lenina metro station


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The Kosmodamianskaya embankment (Kosmodamianskaya Naberezhnaya)

This embankment was named after the Church of Sainted Kosma and Damian situated close by. The embankment got its name in the 16th century, but following the revolution in 1917, its name changed several times, five to be precise, within a 60 year span. Nowadays, the embankment represents a vivid monument of architecture. It showcases buildings made in different architectural styles, from Soviet classicism to ultra-modern designs. Walking along the embankment it’s impossible not to notice the representatives of the Stalinist Ampir – the Moscow State University of Design and Technology (building 2) and an 11-story building (4/22 B). Walking further, you’ll find an example of the early classics: a volumetric solid building created by the French architect Nikola Legrand (building 24). As you walk along, you will also see the Riverside architectural ensemble made up of the Concert Hall, a hotel and some business centers.

Location: Novokuznetskaya, Paveletskaya or Taganskaya metro stations


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The Krymskaya embankment (Krymskaya Naberezhnaya)

This is the perfect spot for a pleasant evening hike or an early morning bicycle ride: wooden promenade, ingenious benches and pavilions made in a shape of a sea wave, special “waves” for cyclers, fountains, flower beds and an unrepeatable Moscow atmosphere. During the summer, the Krymskaya embankment turns into the improvised stage for street musicians, exhibitions and flash mobs.

Location: Pol’anka metro station


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The Moskvoretskaya Embankment (Moskvoretskaya Naberezhnaya)

The Moscow Kremlin, Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge and one of the Seven Stalin Sisters – which are main Moscow tourist destinations, can all be seen from one spot – the Moskvoretskaya Embankment! To get the most out of the experience, begin your walk from the Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge. Why – you ask? Well, to begin with, it is a huge piece of history. This 500 year old bridge started out as a floating platform, and in the 20th century, assumed it’s current grandeur. The bridge is the perfect spot to see the Moscow Kremlin and the famous Stalin Skysraper – the one on the Kotelnicheskaya Embankment. There are also several historical sights located on the Moskvoretskaya Embankment, such as the Church of the Conception of Righteous Anna (building #3), the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences and the Military Academy (building 1/15).

Location: Kitay-gorod metro station


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The Kotelnicheskaya Embankment (Kotelnicheskaya Naberezhnaya)

In order to take a closer look at one of the seven Stalin Sisters – the Kotelnicheskaya Embankment Building – you must visit this embankment. The building was created in neo-gothic style, it’s 180 m high, has 32 floors and 700 apartments. Some of those apartments were occupied by famous Soviet poets, writers and actors. Before Soviet Russia, Kotelnicheskaya Embankment was quite empty and not well-maintained, and it got its modern look in the 20th century. At that time, major sights were built there, for instance, the center for children’s creativity “Teatr na naberezhnoy” (Theater on the embankment, building 48) or the House of Chudov Monastery (10).

Location: Kitay-gorod, Novokuznetskaya or Taganskaya metro stations


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The Smolenskaya Embankment (Smolenskaya Naberezhnaya)

Here, you’ll get a chance to meet Russia’s Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, from the original 1979 Soviet TV show. The statues of the Soviet actors Vasily Livanov and Vitaly Solomin, who starred in the TV show, dwell right next to the British Embassy. By the way, Livanov was honored with the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth I for his “service to the theatre and performing arts”. Many say that if you want your biggest wish to come true, all you have to do is touch the notebook in Dr. Watson’s left hand. However, if you are looking to be involved in some intricate crime or adventure, then go for Sherlock Holmes’ pipe! Fact or fiction – you be the judge!

Location: Smolenskaya metro station


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