"Shopping and History" Tverskaya Street Tip by mikey_e
Tverskaya Street, Moscow: 36 reviews and 59 photos
Tverskaya is an incredible street. It is massive - I think something like 6 lanes or 8 lanes across - and the buildings on either side augment the feeling of being overwhelmed by the sheer size of the place. More than that, however, it is a street that helps add to the Imperial grandeur of Moscow. On the one hand the street is lined with Western shops and brands, a tribute to the commercialism of the New Russians (i.e. the people with more money than common sense). On the other, there are still a number of grand old buildings, including the residence of the Moscow Mayor (currently Yuriy Luzhkov), with their pink façades, gold gilding and elegant cornices. It is as if Tverskaya is a response to the low-key and low to the ground buildings of Kitay Gorod, a reminder that this is not only a city of nearly 15 million (according to unofficial estimates) but that it is one of the most important places on earth, a centre of geo-politics, economy and fashion.
Philosophizing aside, Tverskaya is the place to go when you've had enough of the touristy clichés of Red and Revolution Squares and you want to experience the way (upper-class) Muscovites live. It is also informative, as this is the image Russians seek to present to the world, and it helps you to understand Russia so much better if you can breathe the atmosphere for an hour or two. Plus, it has one of the greatest bookstores ever, about 15 minutes north of Oxotny Ryad.
Directions: metro: Okhotnyi Ryad, Pushkinskaya, Tverskaya, Chekhovskaya, Mayakovskaya, Belorusskaya
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