The house "under the skirt" and Moscow Art Nouveau: which attractions are chosen in the Get to Know Moscow application

November 30, 2021

The Get to Know Moscow mobile application will help turn an ordinary walk around the city into an exciting excursion. With the help of the free online guide, you can quickly make an informative route, find out interesting facts about the sights located nearby, get acquainted with the history of buildings, streets and districts of the capital.

Users of the application have access to information about 340 museums and 670 monuments in Moscow. They can walk along any of the 200 created walking routes, take part in an engrossing quest and make a personal selection of interesting places to visit. The Get to Know Moscow mobile application is available for download in the App Store and Google Play.

“Get to Know Moscow is a useful resource for anyone who wants to learn more about the history, culture and architecture of the capital. This summer, the mobile application was updated, it has an intuitive interface and easy navigation. In the service, you can quickly choose walking routes and see the sights, depending on your location. Now its active audience has more than 50 thousand users. And since the beginning of 2021, the application has been downloaded more than 20 thousand times," the press service of the Moscow Information Technology Department told.

In the mobile application, as well as on the Get to Know Moscow portal, you can find information about cultural venues and monuments, biographies of famous architects, high-ranker military leaders, merchants, scientists and writers who lived in Moscow. In addition, everyone can participate in engrossing quests.

This year, sections with descriptions of buildings, urban areas, as well as ready-made routes selection have become the most popular among users— in total, they have collected about 300 thousand views since the beginning of the year.

Buildings: Boyar's yard and house-ship

Most often users referred to the Buildings section — it is in the first place by popularity. Muscovites and tourists were interested in the history of the Boyar’s Yard on the Old Square. They were also interested in the house "under the skirt", located at: Tverskaya Street, house 17. It got such an unofficial name because of the statue of a ballerina that once decorated the corner tower of the building.

In addition, users looked for information about the atomic scientists' house on Bolshaya Tulskaya Street, known to many Muscovites as a house-ship or a recumbent skyscraper. Special attention was paid to the history of the List mansion in Glazovsky Lane, built by architect Lev Kekushev in 1899.

The Buildings section contains descriptions of more than two thousand objects. These are tenement buildings, mansions, ancient manors, as well as various houses and structures. They can be sorted by architectural style, year of construction, location, availability of virtual tours by interiors. The references published on the attractions pages indicate the addresses and the nearest metro stations to the objects. The application allows you to map a convenient route to buildings, as well as find audio guides — they are used by a third of the audience of Get to Know Moscow.

Photo by Maxim Denisov,

Routes: palaty and mystical Moscow

Another popular section among users is Routes. Here, the guides to parks, manor houses, districts and historical places are collected.

The most popular among users was the ‘Where do you live? In palaty!’ excursion. It gets acquainted with nine examples of ancient Russian architecture, including the Araslanovs palaty, the Yankovs palaty, the house of Yakov Bruce, the Tverskoye farmstead palaty. Another route that did not leave users indifferent is called Moscow Modern. Walking along it, you can see the most striking examples of this architectural style Another undisputed hit among the sightseeing routes was a walk through mystical Moscow. It begins at the "whispering" columns in the lobby of the Mayakovskaya metro station and takes you through the most mysterious corners of the capital. The top routes in the mobile application also included The World of Prechistenka and Arbat, Kitay-gorod: Moscow City and a New Year's walk in Moscow.

Places: Triumfalnaya Square and Kuskovo Memorial Estate

The third most popular section in the application was the Places section. It contains descriptions of the capital historical corners.  Most often, users of the Get to Know Moscow application got acquainted with interesting facts about the Aleksandrovsky Garden in it, Triumphalnaya Square, Myasnitskaya and Bolshaya Nikitskaya streets, the ensemble of the Kuskovo Memorial Estate.

The Get to Know Moscow portal and application is a joint project of the city departments of Information Technology, Culture, Cultural Heritage, Education and Science. It helps to get a variety of information about the city and plan your cultural leisure in the capital.


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