Beginning of Tverskoy Boulevard

Konstantin Leifer, Nataliya Garnelis/ТАSS
Tverskoy Bulvar (Tverskoy Boulevard) was the first of Moscow's boulevards to become a place for society promenades. Here is a description of the boulevard from Konstantin Batyushkov's essay "Walks around Moscow," dated around the 1810s: "… convergence of the people, beautiful April mornings and quiet May evenings attract the crowds of leisurely residents. Fashion demands sacrifice: dandies and flirts, old dames and fat merchants come from the far corners of Moscow to Tverskoy Bulvar in the early hours of the morning. What strange outfits, what faces!" In the 1920s, the boulevard underwent large-scale reconstruction, and today we are left with remains of the former grandeur.