Izmaylovsky Park

Оne of the largest parks (urban forests) in Moscow

Moscow's Metro runs along the edge of the park
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The park was inaugurated in 1930, and was known as Stalin Park until the name was changed in the 1950s. For many centuries the park has been an attractive relaxation spot for Muscovites.

Izmailovo village was mentioned in the records of the 14th century. It took its name after the boyar Izmailov family, who owned the village at that time.

Tzar residence

In the early 1600s, Tsar Aleksei Mikhailovich decided to build his residence at Izmailovo, consequently, more than 700 peasant families were moved in the region. Parks and gardens were laid, and even exotic crops were grown in the orangeries.

Serebryanka river in Izmailovo Park
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About 20 ponds were dug along the nearby Izmailovka and Pekhorka rivers. In the 1660s, an artificial Silver island, was created as the Royal household.

Aleksei's grandson, Peter the Great, spent much of his childhood at Izmailovo, and first learnt to sail here. 

One of the three ponds in the Izmailovo Park
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Attractions

Along with the famous birch woods, the main attraction of the park is Pokhorovoskiy Cathedral on Silver Island, which was built in 1679.

Two more buildings from the original estate, the Ceremonial Gate and the Bridge Tower, lie near the cathedral. 

Moscow's Metro runs along the edge of the park
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Terrorist bomb

In November 1995, Chechen terrorists planted, but did not detonate, a radiological dispersal device (commonly known as a dirty bomb) in Izmailovo Park. The bomb consisted of dynamite and caesium-137 removed from cancer treatment equipment. Reporters were tipped off about its location and it was defused.

Useful Information

Izmaylovsky Park or Izmaylovo Park
Russian: Измайловский парк
Former name: Stalin park
Russian: Парк имени Сталина
Izmaylovsky Park was also the name of the Partizanskaya station of the Moscow Metro before 2005.

Admission

free

Opening hours

  • 24/7

Contacts

7 Bolshogo Kruga alley, Moscow 105187
105187, Москва, аллея Большого Круга, 7

info@i-park.su
www.izmailovsky-park.ru (in Russian)

Location

The park is  situated in the Izmaylovo District of Moscow.

It covers an area of 1534 hectares. The park consists of two parts: Izmailovsky recreation park and forest park 'Izmailovo' separated by the main avenue. 

Izmailovskaya station of the Moscow Metro serves the park. 

Getting there

The main entrance to the park, the market and Silver Island are located next to Izmailovsky Park metro station and the Izmailovo Hotel Complex.

You can also go to Izamailovskaya metro station and enter along one of the park's most picturesque alleys.

Hints

A visit to Izmaylovsky park could also be combined with souvenir shopping at the Izmailovo Market.