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Hamovniki
Hamovniki Area
A large number of the buildings were constructed during the Stalin epoch; therefore, the architecture is quite specific, surviving the buildings of "a new era" (Soviet period architecture). The area was a suburban land of Moscow, and up until the 17th century, this place was considered inconvenient and dangerous for settlement due to the proximity to the Crimean ford - a Tatar raid route near Moscow.

In the late 17th century, this green picturesque area drew a lot of attention, which was followed by the rise of suburban estates with regular parks, ponds and buildings belonging to such eminent families as Dolgoruky Volkonskiy, Galitzin, Trubetskoy, Obolensky, Kropotkin, to mention but a few. Until the late 19th century, the area was famous for its meadows and gardens, owned by Count V. Orlov. The erection of modern plots on Frunzenskaya embankment and Komsomolsky prospect began only after the revolution in the late 1920s. First there were a few 4 to 5 storey houses for the workers of the silk factory. Then there began an intensive development of the area - the scope of work had tremendous character. Frunzenskaya embankment was erected in granite and combined piers for river trams. A lot of Stalin style architecture buildings, such as the Ministry of Defense were built in this period. Most of the buildings in the Hamovniki area are of the business-class, and actually the area is one of the most rapidly developing in Moscow.

Frunzenskaya Embankment
Stretching along the Moscow River, this neighbourhood is close to the city center and features spacious old courtyards and clean air. The green parks of southern Moscow are located right across the river: Gorky Park runs into ancient Neskuchny Sad with its picturesque summerhouses dating back to the late 18th century. Riverboats busily glide up and down the river during summer months.

The infrastructure of the Frunzenskaya area is entertainment-oriented. There are lots of restaurants, cafes, bars, cinemas and MDM entertainment center. Large supermarkets are available on Komsomolsky prospekt. Residential buildings in this neighbourhood mainly date back to Stalin's times. Apartments typically have high ceilings and large windows, with some offering great views onto Frunzenskaya embankment.
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