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History of Arbat street dates back to the XI century. At that time it was lined with wooden houses, small churches and shops. And it had a different name – Rabat, which means “suburb” in Arabic. Modern tourists have difficulty believing it, but once Arbat was indeed located outside the city. Yet now it is one of the central streets of the capital.
In the old times the street was populated with various craftsmen. Hence the names of the small streets adjoining Arbat: Plotnikov pereulok (Carpenter street), Serebryany pereulok (Silversmith street), Denezhny pereulok (Money street). In XVIII century Arbat became a prestigious location where many noble families built their residences: princes Golitziny, princes Trubetkiye, princesVolkonskiye.
Many poets dedicated theirs creations to the Arbat street. Pushkin was one of them – for some time he was renting a flat here with his wife. Other famous residents of this street are Sergey Esenin, Marina Tsvetaeva and Andrey Bely. Nowadays there are memorial museums of world famous poets. In the XX century Arbat was a favorite street of Bulat Okudzhava, a poet and a singer.
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Arbat attracts Moscovites and visitors of the capital with its beauty, lots of talented people and a long history. This street has the following famous sites and buildings:
- Praga restaurant where Tolstoy and Tchekov used to read their creations;
- Vakhtangov theatre;
- wall of Tsoy;
- wooden houses and residences;
- Museum of Optical Illusions;
- Central House of Actors (also known as the «house with knights», that has been a gathering place of actors and producers for 25 years).
Don't miss your change to visit one of the most famous and popular streets in Moscow. Discover it with a tour guide in English in order to learn lots of things about its history and buildings, and ask your questions about this ongoing chronicle of the cultural life of the city.