A piece of nature in the heart of Moscow
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This is one of my most favorite places in Moscow. Living in the downtown, I have not so many place to walk and enjoy nature so this small park is a kind of escape. I am coming here for years • in any season. The park is oficially called Maiden Field Park (Сквер Тевичьего поля/Skver Devichiego Polya). It names correlates to the New Maiden Convent and is lovated directly on the way to it. But I prefer to call it Leva´s. Why? Very simple. Leva is a short name for Leo, and in this case Leo is Leo Tosltoy, a great Russian writer to lived in this neighbourhood. Tolstoy monument is just at the entrance to the park.
Next to it there is a grey building of the Military Academy. And then you can see something very unusual nowadays • a kind of a white wooden bandstage typical many decades ago when people used to dance outdoor to the live music. It can be a nice decoration for a retro movie! Now it is still used sometimes for some local holidays.
Another important surrounding for this place is the Medicine Academy and the hospital.
Just across the street there is a building of the State Archive • many important historial documents are kept here, and from time to time the Archive organizes interesting theme exhibitions on some events of Russian history (admission free, ID needed).
All this makes the place a unique one • you can walk among trees and at the same time you are in the middle of history, literature, medicine and military • all aspects of human life are here, a nice collage really.
www.garf.ru State Archive of the Russian Fedaration (in Russian)