Tverskaya square

by Olga on March 18, 2012

View of the Moscow governor-general house, a lithograph of L.J.Arnu

(middle of the 19th century).

View of the Moscow governor-general house, L.J.Arnu

The house was built in 1782 by the architect M.Kazakov as a 3-storey palace for the Moscow governor-general. In the 1930s, when Tverskaya was reconstructed in order to straighten the street and make it wider, the building was moved 13.5 m (42 feet) backward from the roadway. The preparation for the shifting had lasted for several months but the movement itself took just 40 minutes. Then in 1946 the building was altered significantly and an extra two upper storeys were added by the architect D.Chechykin. Nowadays the building houses the City Hall.

Tverskaya square in 2012.

Moscow City Hall

The equestrian statue of Prince Yuri Dolgoruky, the founder of Moscow, which is in front of the governor’s palace, was put up in 1954.
Y.Dolgoruky, 1954

There existed another equestrian monument on this place. It was the statue to an outstanding Russian commander, general M.Skobelev, erected in 1912 and destroyed in 1918.

M.Skobelev monument

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Alexis Tatistcheff January 1, 2013 at 9:21 am

Daragaya Olga,
Mon grand-père Nikita Aléxéiévitch Tatistcheff a été le dernier Gouverneur de Moscou de 1914 à 1917. Ma grand-mère, son épouse, m’a légué plusieurs gravures du Palais. Mais malheureusement ma maison a été détruite par un incendie il y a 11 ans et la totalité de mes archives familiales est partie en fumée…
J’ai beaucoup aimé sur votre site: la première gravure du Palais : elle est très belle !… En auriez-vous d’autres, ce qui permettrait de les ajouter a mes archives.
Je profite de mon message de vous souhaiter une belle année 2013.
Acceptez, Chère Madame, l’expression de mes sentiments les meilleurs.
Alexis Féodorovitch Tatistcheff.


Olga January 1, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Dear Alexis! Dorogoy Alexei Feodorovitch!
I apologize I do not speak French and will write you in English. I was very pleased to receive your comment, and to hear from you that you like my site. I am sorry to know you lost the family archives in fire. It is a great loss. Let me say I would be happy to help you in looking for copies of engravings and paintings of the palace on Internet, which could remind you about your ancestors and your family in Russia.
One of them you can find here:
With kind regards and all good wishes for the New Year,
Olga Boiko

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