Patriarch Ponds



Malaya Bronnaya St, 36
Subway: krasnopresnenskaya

Patriarch's Ponds, also known as Patriarshiye Prudy in Russian, is a remarkable and historically rich area located in the heart of Moscow. This peaceful oasis is perhaps most famous for its associations with the classic 20th-century novel "The Master and Margarita" by Mikhail Bulgakov. Today it is the main gourmet center of Moscow that is full of cafes, bars and upscale restaurants.

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History of Patriarch's Ponds

Patriarch's Ponds derives its name from the 17th century when it was under the possession of Patriarch Germogen, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church at the time. Originally designed as a fish pond, it was one of a series of ponds created for commercial fish breeding, hence the plural name "Ponds" despite only one pond remaining today.

The area around Patriarch's Ponds evolved substantially throughout the centuries. In the 19th century, it began to lose its commercial purpose and started to develop as a residential area for the nobility and affluent classes.

By the time the 20th century rolled around, it had become a posh district with luxurious mansions and apartments gracing its streets.

Patriarch's Ponds Location

Patriarch's Ponds area is located in the Presnensky District of Moscow, just a few minutes' walk from the bustling Tverskaya Street. This serene neighborhood is bounded by the streets Bolshaya Bronnaya, Malaya Bronnaya, Spiridonievsky, and Ermolaevsky.

Remarkable Sites

Apart from the charming pond itself, which is the centerpiece of the area, surrounding Patriarch's Ponds are several notable sites that are deeply ingrained in Moscow's cultural heritage.

The district is a showcase of architectural diversity, featuring a range of styles from different periods, from classic Moscow baroque to Russian constructivism.

Bulgakov House

One of the most remarkable spots is the Bulgakov House on Bolshaya Sadovaya Street, which is now a museum dedicated to the life and work of Mikhail Bulgakov.

It is particularly significant as it reflects the location where major events in "The Master and Margarita" unfold. Bulgakov himself lived in this building, and the ominous setting at Patriarch's Ponds is the opening stage for the fantastical and satirical tale featuring the Devil, who visits the Soviet Union in the guise of a mysterious gentleman named Woland.

Ivan Krylov statue

Another spot of mention is the Ivan Krylov statue situated within the gardens by the pond, which pays tribute to the famous Russian fabulist.

The landscape around Patriarch's Ponds is well-groomed with lanes for walking, park benches, and an array of verdant trees.

Patriarch's Ponds today

Today, Patriarch's Ponds remains one of Moscow's most elite neighborhoods, preserving its historical charm and exclusivity. The pond itself is a hub of activity throughout the year.In winter it transforms into an enchanting skating rink.

The area has become a popular destination for both locals and visitors, who come to enjoy its picturesque scenery, and the high concentration of excellent cafés, restaurants, and boutiques that line the neighboring streets.

In literary circles, Patriarch's Ponds maintains its legendary status due to Bulgakov's novel. The atmosphere at the Ponds encapsulates the mix of intrigue and whimsy that fills the pages of "The Master and Margarita."

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