Nikolskaya Street

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Coordinates: 55°45′26″N 37°37′22″E / 55.757261°N 37.622683°E / 55.757261; 37.622683

Nikolskaya Street near the Monastery of St. Nicholas

Nikolskaya Street (Russian: Никольская улица) is a pedestrian street in the Kitay-Gorod of Moscow.[1] It connects Red Square and Lubyanka Square.[2] It was known as the Street of the 25th of October between 1935 and 1990.

The north side of the street is lined with historic buildings, such as the Kazan Cathedral, the Old Mint, Monastery of the Holy Saviour, Greek Monastery of St. Nicholas (from which this street takes its name), and the former Holy Synod Printing Offices, Russia's first publishing house.[1] The south side contains the GUM and the Dormition Church, an example of the Naryshkin Baroque underwritten by the Saltykov boyar family in 1691.

Before Stalin's reconstruction of downtown Moscow, the street led to the Vladimir Gates of the Kitay-Gorod wall (1534-38) which used to dominate the Lubyanka Square. Another Naryshkin Baroque church, dating from 1694, adjoined the gate, as did the more recent chapel of St. Pantaleon with a large cupola. All these buildings were razed in 1934.

The Nikolskaya Street and the neighbouring Tretyakovsky Proyezd are the center of Moscow's traditional luxury shopping district. It was pedestrianized in August 2013.


  1. ^ a b "Nikolskaya Ulitsa". Michelin World Guide. Michelin. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Budrys, Aleksandras (4 April 2013). "Moscow to get another pedestrian street next to Kremlin". The Moscow News. Retrieved 13 August 2013.