Strastnoy Boulevard

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The widest of Moscow’s boulevards named after the Strastnoy Convent, in the past Strastnoy Boulevard was the site of Sennaya Square, public gathering place and hay market. Strastnoy was the home of the Gagarin princely family and composer Sergei Rakhmaninov. The English Club was based, and Stendhal stayed, there in 1812. A monument to the prominent Russian singer, songwriter, poet and actor Vladimir Vysotsky graces the boulevard today. The Hermitage Gardens located nearby opened its doors in 1894. It was there that the first motion picture was screened in 1896 and the Moscow Art Theater gave its first performance two years later.

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