Kutuzovsky Avenue

Kutuzovsky Prospekt is a major radial avenue in Moscow

Pre-war housing - Kutuzovsky Prospect in Moscow.
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The prospekt continues a westward path of Vozdvizhenka Street and New Arbat Street from Novoarbatsky Bridge over Moskva River to the junction with Rublyovskoye Shosse; past this point, the route changes its name to Mozhaiskoye Shosse.

Overview

Present-day Kutuzovsky Prospekt emerged in 1957–1963, incorporating part of old Mozhaiskoye Schosse (buildings #19 to 45) that was rebuilt in grand stalinist style in late 1930s on site of former Dorogomilovo Cemetery, and the lowrise neighborhoods of Kutuzovskaya Sloboda Street and Novodorogomilovskaya Street that were razed in 1950s.

Kutuzov Avenue near Hotel Ukraina
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Initially, Kutuzovsky prospekt extended east to the Garden Ring, however, in 1963, in the beginning of New Arbat redevelopment, the segment between Garden Ring and Novoarbatsky Bridge was assigned to New Arbat (then known as Prospekt Kalinina).

Moscow Triumphal Gate
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Eastern part of the Prospekt (within Dorogomilovo District), developed in 1938–1963, has been traditionally an expensive, high quality residential area and hosted social elite, including the Leonid Brezhnev family.

The segment west of Park Pobedy is less affluent, with standardized 1950s–1980s housing; one notable exception is the luxury Edelweiss apartment tower built in 2000s.

Founded: 1957–1963

Useful Information

Kutuzovsky Prospekt (Avenue)
Russian: Куту́зовский проспе́кт
named after Mikhail Illarionovich Kutuzov, , leader of Russian field army during the French invasion of Russia

Notable buildings

Notable buildings and institutions include:

  • 2 - Hotel Ukraina
  • 26 - Apartment building that housed Leonid Brezhnev, Mikhail Suslov, and Yuri Andropov
  • 38 - Borodino Panorama museum
  • The Poklonnaya Hill Arch on Ploschad Pobedy
  • Museum of Great Patriotic War and Park Pobedy (Парк Победы, Victory Park) on the site of former Poklonnaya Hill.