Lyadskoy Garden

Egor Aleev/TASS

The 18th century park is named after the man who founded it – Mayor General Alexey Letsky. His one-storey mansion was located nearby. Emperor Paul I of Russia stayed nearby. Impressed by the owner's hospitality, Paul I ordered to call the adjacent street after Letsky after his passing (it has since been renamed into Ulitsa Gorkogo (Gorkogo Street)). He also ordered to give 200,000 rubles to the city to beautify the area. That is how Gostiny Dvor and the Public Theatre came to be.