Bolshaia Pokrovskaia Street

Bolshaia Pokrovskaia Street; formerly Sverdlov, informally called Pokrovka or Sverdlovka, connects Minin and Pozharsky Square with Gorky Square and crosses the historical central part of the city. A favorite place for strolling and shopping, Bolshaia Polrovskaia is a pedestrian street closed to all traffic except emergency vehicles and delivery vans. It takes approximately half an hour to cover the distance from the Kremlin to Gorky Square if you do not stop for shopping.

Historically, Pokrovka was one of the first streets in the city. Today the street is remarkable for its architecture. Most buildings date back to the nineteenth or the very beginning of the twentieth century.