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Sculptures of the heroes of Ivan Krylov’s fables, landscaped embankments and parks – all this can be seen during virtual walks, to which the Discover Moscow portal invites.

You don’t have to go to the city center to learn more about the history of the capital and see the vibrant sights. The Explore Moscow portal and mobile application help to compose interesting routes for walking outside the Garden Ring.

Online area guides are now available to users Gratifyingand Nagatinsky Zaton… They will lead not only to historical sites, architectural monuments, but also to parks, squares and embankments, which have recently been landscaped under the My District program.

“Users will see the modern attraction of Otradnoye -“ Likhoborskie Vorota ”, and in Nagatinsky Zaton they will visit an exposition of steampunk figures in the open air and a courtyard with sculptures of the heroes of Ivan Krylov’s fables. All route points are marked on the interactive map of the portal and application. By clicking on any point, you can find information about a particular place “, – said Sergey Shakryl, curator of IT projects in the field of culture and business in

Moscow Department of Information Technologies.

Nagatinsky Zaton is located on the right bank of the Moskva River, in its bend. It is surrounded on three sides by water, like a peninsula. The route through this area, more than six and a half kilometers long, includes seven locations. The walking tour will take about an hour and a half. It is recommended to start it from the Kolomenskaya embankment. By the way, it was recently renovated under the My District program. Walkways, new benches, gazebos, playgrounds appeared there.

Then you can go to Nagatinskaya embankment. It and nearby Maple Boulevard contain original steampunk iron sculptures. Among them you can recognize the characters of Russian classical literature: Pushkin’s mermaid and the scientist’s cat by the oak with a golden chain, as well as Chekhov’s lady with a dog. Other figures are made in a similar style – a girl with a smartphone and a photographer.

In addition, interesting sculptures await in the park on Sudostroitelnaya Street. Two compositions are dedicated to the characters of the fables “The Elephant and the Pug” and “The Crow and the Fox” by Ivan Krylov. In the same square, you can see other examples of monumental art dedicated to writers and literature. These are monuments to a typewriter, a scroll with an inkwell, and a paper manuscript with a quill pen.

The excursion route along Otradnoye with a length of three kilometers includes eight points. The walk takes just over 40 minutes. You can start your journey from the Otradnoye park, landscaped according to the My District program. There is a stele “Cranes of our memory”. It is dedicated to all the defenders of the Motherland who died. The image of soldiers who did not return from the battlefield, who turned into white cranes, gained popularity after the release in 1969 of a song performed by Mark Bernes on the verses of the poet Rasul Gamzatov. He has repeatedly inspired sculptors and artists who create works in memory of the heroic warriors.

Another stop on the route is the Otrada Park. There is a sculptural composition “Lovers” depicting newlyweds: the husband carries his wife in his arms. In the same park, you can also see a large-scale art object “Likhoborskiye Vorota”. This is an arch made of hazel branches in the shape of the letter P. It appeared at the main entrance in 2005. The structure symbolizes the unique nature of the park. The author of this building is Nikolai Polissky, one of the creators of the art park “Nikola-Lenivets” in the Kaluga region.

At the end of the walk, it is recommended to look at the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary on the Altufevskoe highway. It has been known since the 17th century, in 1690 Tsar Peter I visited the church.

Cycle of virtual walks on the Discover Moscow portal began in December with routes along Preobrazhensky and Kurkin.

In the near future, new routes will appear on the portal, which will help to learn more about interesting places in areas outside the Garden Ring.

“Know Moscow” is a joint project of the Moscow departments of information technology, culture, cultural heritage and education. The interactive city guide contains photographs and descriptions of more than two thousand buildings, 658 monuments, 326 museums, 74 quests and more than 140 thematic routes in various places in the capital.

“My District” is a project of the Mayor of Moscow, the goal of which is to create in every corner of the city a high-quality environment for recreation, walks and sports.

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