Pokrovsky Gate Square

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Pokrovsky Gate was the gate in the Bely Gorod walls. Nothing is left of those walls, but their outline can be traced on the modern-day map of the capital. At the end of the 18th century, Empress Catherine the Great ordered that the walls be demolished, and boulevards and squares are built in their place. Pokrovsky Gate was replaced with the square of the same name, and it is one of the most inviting of Moscow's squares. In 1982, it was celebrated by playwright Leonid Zorin and film director Mikhail Kazakov in their iconic comedy Pokrovsky Gate.