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The Arbat

Listed under Historic Streets and Squares in Moscow, Russia.

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Arbat Street and Square are pedestrianised areas in Moscow’s old bohemian district. Now populated by tourist stores and souvenir stands this area was once one of Moscow’s most desirable neighbourhoods, lined with graceful churches and grand dwellings. Some of these were destroyed during Napoleon’s occupation of Moscow and art nouveau took over as the dominant architectural style. Pushkin once lived here and the famous Prague Restaurant, where Checkov dined, is at number 2, but the street is now populated mostly by over priced tourist trap restaurants - but there is still a lively flavour to the place.

Written by  karinabratslov.

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