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Discover the Attractions of Bolshaya Nikitskaya Ulitsa

Bolshaya Nikitskaya Ulitsa, or Bolshaya Nikitskaya Street, located in Moscow, Russia, is a street that is steeped in history and architectural wonder. Running from the Garden Ring to Mokhovaya Street, between two legendary Moscow State University buildings, visitors to Moscow will find Bolshaya Nikitskaya Ulitsa to be lined with attractions and structures of significant historical value and offers visual insight into the colorful past of Russia.

The name of the street is derived from the ancient monastery, Nikitsky Monastery, which once stood on the site that now houses the subway’s substation. The grandfather of the well known Mikhail I, founded the monastery, but the building was forced to make way for progress and was destroyed. Throughout the middle ages, Bolshaya Nikitskaya Street was used as a thoroughfare and many traders were located in the smaller streets leading off from it. In later years it served as a street that was home to thousands of working class citizens, but from the seventeenth century the nobility begun taking notice of the street and replaced modest homes with elaborate mansions that can still be viewed today.

Amongst the attractions on Bolshaya Nikitskaya Ulitsa is one of the Moscow State University buildings, located at No. 5. It was constructed in the 1780’s by one of the most prolific architects in Russia, Matvei Kazakov. The building still boasts his attention to detail and talent for creating spectacular neoclassical structures, which was commissioned by Count Vladimir Orlov, related to Grigory, Catherine the Great’s infamous advisor. Another building of interest is the Mayakovsky Theater that was founded in 1885, by Georg Paradiz. Paradiz rented the building from Princess Streshnev to establish his theater company. The now, Moscow Conservatory building, was constructed in stages that first began in 1895 and is a magnificent example of various building styles over the years. Some of the other noteworthy sites along Bolshaya Nikitskaya Ulitsa worth visiting include the St. Nicholas Gates, Church of Great Ascension, the Gorkiy House Museum and the Kliment Timiryazev monument.

Bolshaya Nikitskaya Ulitsa is an important street in the history of Moscow and even though most of the buildings are not utilized for their intended purposes any more, they survived many troubling times, wars and revolutions to stand as reminders of the past and for future generations to still enjoy.


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