Sofia embankment – the embankment of the Moscow river, stretches from the Bolshoy Moskvoretsky bridge up to Serafimovich street, in the Yakimanka district. Until 1994, it was called the Maurice Torez embankment. Its current name was given in honor of the temple of Sophia of the Wisdom of God, which has been known since 1493, and stood here long before the appearance of the embankment.

The stone appearance of the embankment began to acquire in 1830, and in the 40s of the last century, its fate hung in the balance, in higher circles, it was almost decided to demolish the embankment. In its place, they planned to build a Park that will stretch along the Moskva river up to the Drainage channel. Perhaps this was for the best, but the project was shelved. Although some buildings that stood on the site of the modern Moskvoretsky bridge were demolished – the Park was built on this territory.

Sofia embankment was repeatedly planned to be reconstructed after the collapse of the USSR, but no attempt was made. Thanks to this, today we have the opportunity to see this picturesque area in the form in which it was created.


Author: Nadezda Pushkina

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