Bely Gorod

Bely Gorod is the central core area of Moscow, Russia

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The name comes from the color of its defensive wall, which was erected in 1585—1593 at the behest of tsar Feodor I and Boris Godunov by architect Fyodor Kon'.

The length of the wall — 10 kilometres (6.2 mi), width up to 4.5 metres (15 ft).

Myasnitsky Gate. By Apollinary Vasnetsov
pinterest button Myasnitsky Gate. By Apollinary Vasnetsov [show]Apollinary Vasnetsov (1856–1933), Public Domain

Bely Gorod had 28 towers and 11 gates, the names of some of which are still preserved in the names of squares, namely: Trehsvyatsky, Chertolsky (Prechistensky), Arbatsky, Nikitsky, Tversky, Petrovsky, Sretensky, Myasnitsky, Pokrovsky, Yauzskiy, Vasilievsky.

The walls were cogged, like the Kremlin walls, with loopholes that allowed keeping a continuous fire.

pinterest button «Truba» («Tube») at the river Neglinnaya. By Apollinary Vasnetsov   Apollinary Vasnetsov (1856–1933), Public Domain

During the reign of Catherine the Great and her grandson Alexander I the wall was demolished and replaced by a chain of boulevards, known as the Boulevard Ring.

Founded: 1585-1593

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Bely Gorod
Russian: Бе́лый го́род
lit. 'White Town'