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Moscow City Heritage launched a chat bot with walking routes in Telegram. The first walk is dedicated to Valentine’s Day.

On the eve of Valentine’s Day, the Moscow Department of Cultural Heritage launched the Internet project “Walking with the Guardian Lion”. Citizens are invited to visit a virtual tour in the company of a chat bot @levhranitel_botoperating on the Telegram platform.

“We have long ago mastered, it seems, all possible formats of excursions and regularly conduct virtual routes, VR walks, classic group excursions, local history quests, YouTube excursions, photo tours and more. The chatbot in Telegram is another excellent up-to-date channel of communication with the townspeople who are interested in walking around historical Moscow. Messages in our chat are accompanied by modern and archived photographs. This makes the route more fun and helps to see how the city has changed. The first route dedicated to Valentine’s Day is already available to users. Of course, the list of excursions that can be visited using the online service will be constantly updated “, – said the head of the Moscow City Heritage

Alexey Emelyanov

On a walk on February 14, the system, using short messages, will tell interesting facts about the sights of Zamoskvorechye – graffiti, the Adam and Eve fountain, the A.N. Ostrovsky, temples and other architectural objects.

The virtual guide will offer to start the journey from the Novokuznetskaya metro station. Participants will walk a couple of steps along Pyatnitskaya Street and see on one of the walls of house 21, building 2 (on the right side) graffiti depicting the bell tower of the church in the name of the Great Martyr Paraskeva Pyatnitsa. The work is done from a photo engraving of the late 19th century from the album of the collector and entrepreneur Nikolai Naydenov. The graffiti reminds that from the 16th century until 1934 a temple stood on the site of the ground lobby of the Novokuznetskaya metro station. The street is also named in honor of the saint. In the old days, Paraskeva Friday was especially revered by women – unmarried girls asked her for a happy marriage, and married ones prayed to protect the family from quarrels and hardships.

In a small park near the metro exit (on the left side), you can see the Adam and Eve monument-fountain. It was designed by the sculptor Maria Levinskaya and was installed in 2007 for the 860th anniversary of Moscow. In the center of the sculptural composition are the figures of Adam and Eve under the tree of paradise, which is entwined by the serpent-tempter. In the bronze crown of the tree gilded apples, bird crests and insect wings glisten. Eve is holding the apple of temptation in her hands.

The next point of the route is a temple in the name of the Holy Martyr Clement Pope (26 Pyatnitskaya Street). This saint is widely revered by both Catholics and Orthodox. It is believed that this is the only church in Moscow that has completely survived after the fire of 1812. The first mention of it dates back to the middle of the 17th century. And the temple acquired its present appearance as a result of a large-scale reconstruction in 1756.

Another point on the way will be the Alexander Ostrovsky House-Museum (Malaya Ordynka Street, 9/12). A Russian playwright was born here in 1863. Ostrovsky’s contemporaries called Ostrovsky Columbus Zamoskvorechye for a detailed description of the life and customs of merchants living in large numbers in the area.

The walk will end in the company of a chat bot near the Maly Theater (Teatralny Proezd, Building 1), one of the oldest in Russia. His troupe was created at Moscow University in 1756 by order of Empress Elizabeth Petrovna. And the house, which now houses the theater, belonged to the merchant Vasily Vargin. In 1824 the architect Osip Bove rebuilt part of the building into a theater. The perfect end to the evening on Valentine’s Day can be watching one of the theater performances. His repertoire includes performances based on the works of Russian and foreign classics about love and not only.

The guardian lion will suggest visiting other locations. You can see all the sights of the route by following the link.

The Department of Cultural Heritage of the city of Moscow is engaged in the protection, preservation and popularization of historical and cultural monuments of the peoples of Russia. The Guardian Lion is a sculptural figurine of a lion cub, the department’s mascot. He often visits old mansions and buildings where restoration is underway, visits excavations and places where they are engaged in archaeological monitoring, visits archaeologists and restorers in their laboratories and workshops.

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