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Arbatskaya

Radiating west from the centre, Ulitsas Arbat and Prechistenka are two of Moscow’s oldest streets. Both are lined with fine 19th-century mansions, built after the great fire that consumed most of the city’s wooden architecture during Napoleon’s invasion in 1812. The district became fashionable at this time, and wealthy aristocrats moved in along with a bohemian circle of artists, poets, musicians and writers who frequented Ulitsa Arbat’s cafés and bars. After the six-lane Novyy Arbat was created in the 1960s, Ulitsa Arbat lost its importance and was neglected until the 1980s, when pedestrianization brought a new lease of life. Today the ...

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