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Prechistenka by Michael Bulgakov
Olga Filonova, the author of the rote. Historian, ethnographer, a tour guide. Bulgakov’s biographer. A graduate of History and Archives Institute Russian State Humanitarian University, department of local history and historical tourism. Producer of documentary films.
Mikhail Bulgakov was born in Kiev, however he passionately fond of old Moscow and knew her well. He could spend hours wandering quiet deserted alleys with his companion and tell about the houses, and the fate of their owners. He especially loved Prechistenka District: first, it was the youthful memories from living in his uncle in apartment house at Chisty lane, after finally moving to Moscow in 1921 - getting used to the old Moscow conscious environment, participation in literary circles and closed readings, true Prechistenka friends and in 1934 - a private apartment in Naschokinsky alley. After 14 years of rented corners, rooms and apartments roaming MA Bulgakov and his family finally settled in the writer's house. Own apartment at Prechistenka! Here he worked on the novel "The Master and Margarita". And here his funeral held in March of 1940.
When you go for a walk along Bulgakov’s Prechistenka, you will follow professor Preobrazensky. He happened to pick up a homeless dog by the "Tsentrohoz" store. You will accompany him to his home at Chisty lane, you will find Master’s bacement and Margarita's mansion, find yourself in a "dull, ugly and sparingly lit" lane where Ivan Bezdomny (Homeless) finally lost foreign professors during a long chase, see Torgsin mirrored doors open to Koroviev and Behemoth.
At the end of the route, you will come to the old Moscow Church of Elijah the Prophet, where the writer's absentia funeral took place.
We will start the walk at the 2/54 Smolenskaya square (Smolenskaya Subway station).
Route: 10 Bolshoy Gnezdnikovsky lane - 2 Triumphal Square.On Arbat Street we reach Denezny lane, go to Glazovsky lane, turn left to Plotnikov Lane again left and right to 3 Maly Mogiltsevsky lane.
Route: 10 Bolshoy Gnezdnikovsky lane - 2 Triumphal Square.Walk to the end of the alley, turn right and right again into Prechistenskiy lane, which will lead us to the Prechistenka street. take a left on Prechistenka, go to house number 9
Route: 10 Bolshoy Gnezdnikovsky lane - 2 Triumphal Square.Follow Prechistenka to Chisty lane.
Route: 10 Bolshoy Gnezdnikovsky lane - 2 Triumphal Square.Go back to Prechistenka, cross the street, take the right to Mansurovsky alley. In an alley find the house number 9
Route: 10 Bolshoy Gnezdnikovsky lane - 2 Triumphal Square.Walk to the end of the alley to the Ostozhenka street, turn left, go up to the house number 21
Route: 10 Bolshoy Gnezdnikovsky lane - 2 Triumphal Square.Follow Ostozhenka street towards the center and turn to Pozharsky lane, find house number 12
Route: 10 Bolshoy Gnezdnikovsky lane - 2 Triumphal Square.Back on Ostozhenka, will go toward the center to the 2nd Obydensky lane, turn there and go to church
Route: 10 Bolshoy Gnezdnikovsky lane - 2 Triumphal Square.Walk is over
Profitable house M.I.Chromicova, M.A. Obukhov55 Arbat street
Poet Andrei Bely was born and lived in the house on the corner of Arbat street and Denezny Lane. Moscow Symbolists circle "Argonauts" gathered here. Now the poet’s apartment is protected by the state. An old manor house built before the fire of 1812 is at the heart of this building. It was rebuilt by the architect Metrophan Alexandrovich Arsenyev and become an apartment building at the end of the 1870s. Boris Nikolaevich Bugaev, the son of a mathematics professor Nicholas Bugaev was born here in the apartment №7 in 1880. Boris Bugaev later became famous as Andrey Bely, who was the poet, writer, critic, and one of the brightest figures of Russian Symbolism.
Schukin houseBolshoi Znamensky lane, 8
If you go deep into the quarter between houses number 12 and 16 on Vorontsovo pole street, you can see a red- brick building with turrets and lancet windows, which resemble a medieval European architecture - Romanesque and Gothic style, at the same time in many details elements of Art Nouveau can be seen. This is a former building of Evangelical Hospital, built in the early twentieth century.