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Patriarch’s Ponds in Moscow, Russia

April 27th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Patriarshy Ponds (Russian Патриаршие пруды, nickname Patriki - Патрики) is an affluent residential area in downtown Presnensky District of Moscow, Russia. For the last 200 years, there has been only one pond, although, as the name of Trekhprudny Pereulok (Трехпрудный переулок, literally Three-Pond Lane) suggests, there used to be more. The area of the existing pond is 9,900 square meters; the depth is about 2 meters.

The Pond is one of the main settings of Bulgakov's novel The Master and Margarita. The monuments to Bulgakov and to Ivan Krylov have been erected near the pond. Master and Margarita begins with a tram accident by the pond, although there was no regular tram service and no permanent tram tracks around the pond, ever. Bulgakov was not mistaken: for a short time in 1930s, there was a temporary service track, used as a night storage.

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