Once in the restaurant, you find yourself in the most authentic 18th century manor house with a front and lackeys, a library and an old telescope, with a fireplace and even a home pharmacy! An amazing place, where everything is styled to the last detail, so you feel kind of awkward taking your smartphone out of your pocket, and ruining the atmospheric charm of the past.
In fact, this restaurant, which was opened in the heart of Moscow, is accompanied by a fun legend, the truth of which we could not even check. Half a century ago the French singer Gilbert Beco came to Moscow during his tour.
On his return to France, he wrote a song titled "Natalie", these were the words: "We walk with you in Moscow, we go to the Red Square, and you say the studied words about Lenin, and the revolution, and I think: "How good it would be to be with you in the "Cafe Pushkin", with the snows outside; we would drink hot chocolate and would talk about something else... ". Rumor has it, that the composition has become so popular in the homeland of the singer, that the French, arriving to Moscow, tried in vain to find the cafe Pushkin, which at that time existed only in the imagination of the musician. This myth was brought to reality in the late 90's and by Moscow's chief restaurateur Andrei Dellos. In fact, this place is still considered almost the most popular among tourists who come to see the city of the past, because in addition to the authentic interior, it is famous for the classic Russian cuisine. We've also could not resist the golden pancakes with thick sour cream, and dumplings just like a grandmother used to make.
A walk through Mosfilm is like a journey through time and space. You can be in a futuristic metropolis of the future, and then move into a peasant village, just around the corner!
The main Russian studio expanded at the beginning of the last century, from the tiny private atelier belonging to a certain Alexander Khanzhonkov. Details of the life of one of the first producers in the country, were eventually erased and forgotten, and in the context of history, it is unlikely to make a difference. Just a man, who loved movies, and who spared no money, no time or energy. And with the advent of the Soviet power, the cinematograph was declared "the most important of the arts" and the atelier of Khanzhonkov become the first State cinema factory, from which later appeared the famous Mosfilm.
The first film, which was done in the new production studio, was by Boris Mihina - Na krylyah vvys. It was released in January 1924; this date is considered to be the birthday of the studio. Back then it was a tiny space on Zhitnaya street in which side by side, without getting any payments or having any obligation worked Isaac Babel, Lilya Brik, Sergei Eisenstein - all the brightest and most talented people of that time. And only a few years later, when the creative process was boiling and seething, reaching unimaginable temperatures, the construction of the very first film studio began in the Leninskye Gory.
In the following years, and to this day, those walls have seen everything! Here they shot all the most famous Soviet films, with which grew up several generations. And ask your Russian grandparents and parents, whether they remember by heart the dialogues from Veselye Rebyata, Volga-Volga, Svinarka and Pastukh,... And then a whole galaxy of military masterpieces, starting with Letyat Zhuravli and ending with Sudba Cheloveka. In these walls, Andrei Tarkovsky - one of the greatest directors in our country - shot some of the scenes from his movies, films from which they still learn in film schools.
Nikulin’s Russian circus! It is a true cultural phenomenon, it has its own, very special atmosphere, a different perception of life forms, scenes that are admired all over the world. Did you know that most of the famous troupe Cirque du Soleil is made up of artists from Russia and Ukraine?
The Moscow Circus was the first in the capital, it was founded in 1880 by hereditary circus acrobat Albert Salamonsky. He believed that the first thing the viewer had to do was to laugh, in his circus the clowns worked a lot, which was at that time a notable innovation. The motley troupe of comedians in the 30s was led by the famous clown whose nickname was Pencil - Mikhail Rumyantsev. And after the World War one of his assistants became Yury Nikulin. And the way Nikulin found his way to the circus was absolutely incredible and it was a fateful meeting, too, because, having served on the front, being shell-shocked and having been very ill, he returned to Moscow with a firm determination to enter VGIK. But…he didn’t get in! And this despite the fact that in the 1947 they accepted all the boys that returned from the war, even the most inaccessible and prestigious educational institutions. But they didn’t take him, and he decided to go and join a circus. And it turned out to be the best decision he’d ever made! He never suspected that after 35 years of hard work in the arena he would be the head of the favorite circus on the Tsvetnoy Boulevard, which eventually will be associated exclusively with all of his bright and versatile talent, not just as a great comedian, but first and foremost as a great actor!
Finally, Moscow has acquired its business center, a must for every self-respecting metropolis. Glass, concrete, metal, sky-high floors, helipads on flat roofs, panoramic windows... This urban complex, despite the ordinariness and functionality, looks impressive and gleaming in the sun on the city’s horizon.
The idea was developed in the early 90s, but the implementation of the project started only a few years after. The highest skyscraper of the architectural ensemble is The Federation tower, its height 374m, which among other things holds the record not only in Russia, but also in Europe! However, who knows, maybe one of the seven new skyscrapers that are currently under construction in Moscow City will beat this record…
One of the new and not yet very familiar to Muscovites form of entertainment - the largest outdoor aquarium in Europe, on the territory of VDNKh. 80 aquariums of various sizes inhabit 11 thousand different marine animals, including rare species of crocodiles, octopuses and sharks. However, the most important inhabitants of the aquarium are certainly the cheerful "artists” killer whales and dolphins, who perform for the public every day.
In fact, when you find yourself in Moskvarium, it seems that you find yourself in another world: subdued lighting, water columns, surrounding you on all the sides, air coming out in bubbles, and all the shining scales... Just imagine yourself as someone like Jacques Cousteau, exploring the beauty of the extraordinary underwater world.
The most famous stage, not only in Moscow but throughout Russia, that has seen all the possible ups and downs, drama and comedy, loud recognition and a dive into oblivion, which supported all of the cultural revolutions, but has always remained constant in its unreachability.
The history is very rich and has deep roots in Russian culture. It all started with the private theater which belonged to someone called Peter Urusov - a prince, the provincial prosecutor that obtained the permission "for all sorts of entertainment" from Catherine the Great. Few people are now aware that the first theater building was on Petrovka, for that reason the institution immediately got dubbed as Petrovsky. With the active financial participation of an Englishman with a Russian passport, Michael (Michael) Medex, the theater soon became the largest in the city. But soon it was burned down. The actors were given shelter in Arbatskii Theater, which alas, also died in a fire during the War of 1812.
As a result, the Moscow's governor ordered that a new building had to be made of stone and marble and had to be the center of a separate urban composition, which eventually became the famous Theatre Square. And that Apollo racing a chariot drawn by three horses would be triumphantly looking down! At the same time they came up with the new name - Bolshoi Petrovsky Theatre, because the new building was much higher than its "ancestor". However, this building died in the fire, too, having existed for only 30 years. Killing everything: costumes, scenery, archives... They had to rebuild all from scratch again. Although, apparently it was a blessing in disguise, because thanks to the reconstruction, the main hall of the Bolshoi Theater got the best acoustics in Europe
So many things happened to this theatre: from being Imperial, it belonged to the state during the Soviet era; it survived the war and many times had been disguised as a normal building (so German bombers wouldn’t recognise it as a cultural object). But there was also good, even very good. In the history of the Bolshoi, it delivered more than 800 talented and brightest performances, there were premieres of Prokofiev's operas, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff, such artists like Ulanova and Maya Plisetskaya danced on its stage... History was written here, as it is still being written today.