Patriarshy Ponds is one of the attractions on the Moscow tourism map located in the central part of the city adjacent to Malaya Bronnaya and Ermolaevsky Pereulok streets. This is an old Moscow district that in many minds is closely associated with one of the most mysterious novels of the 20th century called The Master and Margarita written by Mikhail Bulgakov. The story transforms us to the soviet times and begins with the scene at Patriarshy Ponds where the Devil appears to start his visit to Moscow.
Patriarshy Ponds is actually one pond that is surrounded by a small embankment with trees and benches. That’s a nice place to go for a walk in summer. During winter season the pond turns into an open air skating rink that makes it a great family oriented place to stop by.
One block away there is an old apartment building where Mr. Bulgakov lived from 1921 to 1924 (the “Bulgakov Building”) and his apartment was described in “The Master and Margarita” as a “bad apartment” where many strange things constantly happened. Today this building is home to the Mikhail Bulgakov State Museum that you can visit and experience dark atmosphere of the novel.