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Participants will be able to walk around the scenes of the poetic cycle “I live in Moscow”, as well as get acquainted with interesting facts from the history of the city center.

The Discover Moscow portal offers to go for a walk around the capital together with the hero of Agnia Barto’s poems Petya Kuznetsov. February 17 marks the 115th anniversary of the birth of the children’s poetess, and to this date prepared a thematic route in the city center. The online guide included memorable places related to the life and work of Agniya Lvovna, as well as stories from her poetic cycle “I live in Moscow.”

You can go for a walk on foot. In addition to the description of the waypoints and photos, cognitive references were added to the new guidebook. Each point of the walk is accompanied by a verse excerpt, where Petya Kuznetsov talks about city streets and houses. Thus, the participants will remember the works of Agnia Barto and learn more about the history of Moscow. You can also follow the route in online format.

“When we were preparing the route for the birthday of the beloved poetess Agnia Barto, we really plunged into childhood. We wanted to remind the adult townspeople of the kind poetry on which they grew up, and to acquaint the young Muscovites with the work of Agniya Lvovna. It turned out to be such a family walk, six kilometers long. That is, for about an hour and a half at a leisurely pace from Lavrushinsky lane to the Mayakovskaya metro station. It is with pleasure that we invite everyone to do it, ”said

Alexey Emelyanov, Head of the Metropolitan Department of Cultural Heritage.

The route consists of eight main points. The walk will begin at the House of Writers in Lavrushinsky Lane. Agnia Barto lived here in house 17, building 2 for many years. The participants of the excursion will learn how the poet’s childhood went, when she wrote her first poems and how she ended up in Lavrushinsky Lane. In addition, they will be able to read about the construction of the Writers’ House and its other eminent residents.

“We have collected various pictures of places related to the work of the famous poetess for users. So they have the opportunity to compare how Moscow has changed over the decades, ”added Sergey Shakryl, curator of IT projects in the field of culture and business of the Moscow Department of Information Technologies.

The second point of the route is Bolshaya Ordynka Street. Here lived the nine-year-old hero of the collection of poems “I live in Moscow”, published in 1947. Together with him, the participants of the walk will have to walk along Bolshaya Ordynka to the Kadashevskaya embankment, cross the Small Moskvoretsky and Bolshoi Moskvoretsky bridges and climb the Vasilyevsky descent to Red Square.

Petya says about his native street: “I like to walk along our street – clean, shady, it leads to the Kremlin.” The Kremlin towers excited the boy’s imagination, he drew them in his notebook. And the next important stop will be the Alexander Garden. The Borovitskaya Tower is clearly visible from here, and the online guide will also tell you about the history of its construction and reconstruction.

Walking along the Alexander Garden, skirting the Kutafya Tower, the participants of the walk will be able to go to Manezhnaya Square. In the poem “What Happened on the Vacation”, Barto’s hero admires the New Year’s capital: “Frosty and snowy Moscow winter. On the square of Manezhnaya stall and tower “. The participants of the tour will admire the beautiful pictures of the square and find out what was located on this place several centuries ago.

The route will end at the Mayakovskaya metro station. “Let’s enter the underground city, the Moscow metro. The columns of Mayakovskaya shine like silver, ”says Petya. For users, we collected interesting facts about the design, construction and operation of the station. For example, they will learn about the history of the famous mosaic panels that decorate the caisson domes.

In addition to the new route dedicated to Agnia Barto, the Explore Moscow portal offers 149 interesting thematic walks, as well as 78 exciting online quests. In addition, the virtual guide contains descriptions of over 3400 monuments, museums and historical sites in Moscow. Here you can find information about famous figures of science and art. In 2020, the interactive guide was used over two million times.

Agnia Barto was born in Moscow in 1906 in the family of a veterinarian. She received a good education at home, studied at the gymnasium, where she began to write poetry. In 1925, her first collections for children were published. Light, quickly remembered, born as if in one breath, Barto’s poetic stories can be learned at a glance. Her characters – funny, amusing, funny, mischievous, serious – are close to every child.

During the war, Agniya Lvovna left the capital and went to the Urals with her husband. At that time, Barto often spoke on the radio in Moscow and Sverdlovsk, wrote war poems, articles, essays. The poetess returned to the capital in 1944.

In the last years of her life, Agniya Lvovna devoted a lot of time and effort to people who had lost loved ones in the war. Millions of desperate people listened to her radio speeches every month on a certain day and hour, when she spoke about those who had already been found, and asked those who could help find the missing to respond. Later this format was taken as the basis for the “Wait for me” program.

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