The monument to the most prominent Russian icon painter of 14th – 15th centuries Andrey Rublev stands near Andronikov Monastery. Fragments of his frescoes are still traceable on window jambs in one of the convent’s churches. Some better-preserved works by the master can be seen at the Old Russia Culture and Arts Museum in the monastery and at Tretyakov Gallery. (See our Museums section for details.)
Metro Ploshd Ilicha (line 8, yellow.)
One of the monuments to Alexander Pushkin - the greatest Russian poet and “the father of the Modern Russian language” stands on Pushkinskaya Square. It is one of the most popular rendezvous points in Moscow and a good starting point for a walk on Boulevard Ring or down Tverskaya Street to Red Square and the Kremlin.
A livelier monument to Pushkin in Arbat Street presents the poet with his wife Natalia Goncharova. It stands opposite to the house where the newlyweds – “an offspring of ugly Africans” and the beautiful girl who was much taller and 13 years younger than he was - lived for some time.
46c6 Arbat Street. Metro Arbatskaya (line 4, light blue) or Smolenskaya (line 3, navy blue.)
The monument to composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky bedecks the front garden of Moscow’s conservatory. The sheet music on the monument’s grid presents fragments from Swan Lake ballet, Eugene Onegin opera and other famous Tchaikovsky’s works. At times, the conservatory students steal notes believing they will bring them luck.
13/6 Bolshaya Nikitskaya. Metro Okhotny Ryad or Biblioteka Imeni Lenina (both on line 1, red.)
Mikhail Sholokhov, a writer who won the 1965 Nobel Prize in Literature for And Quiet Flows the Don novel, sits in a rowing boat and looks on the Don River. In summertime, water runs down the monument base adding some realism to the composition.
Gogolevsky Boulevard. Metro Kropotkinskaya (line 1, red) or Arbatskaya (line 4, light blue.)
Feodor Chaliapin, a famous singer of early 20th century, is commemorated near his mansion on Novinsky Boulevard, near the US Embassy. The reclined figure symbolises eternal rest and remembrance, but malicious tongues say it looks like the singer fell in the mud. Other people admire the monument and campaign for its moving to the garden in front of Bolshoi Theatre.
25 Novinsky Boulevard. Metro Krasnopresnenskaya (line 6, brown) or Barrikadnaya (line 7, purple.)
The monument to Maya Plisetskaya, the “prima ballerina assoluta” of Bolshoi Theatre since 1960, shows the actress dancing in Carmen Suite, a ballet created by Cuban choreographer Alberto Alonso to music by Rodion Shchedrin, Plisetskaya’s husband.
14 Bolshaya Dmitrovka Street. Metro Okhotny Ryad (line 1, red,) Teatralnaya (line 2, green) or Ploshchad Revolyutsii (line 3, navy blue.)