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Izmailovsky Park

Izmailovo Park is one of the largest parks in Moscow, at more than 300 hectares. The area was once located on the estate of Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich, and was established as a culture and recreation park in 1931. The many attractions include the Round Pond with the man-made island, a memorial area, a Ferris wheel, sports and playgrounds, shooting galleries, cinemas, a skate park, Wi-Fi, and cosy cafes. Various festivals, concerts, theatrical performance, exhibitions, folk festivals, dance parties, and fireworks displays come to the park.

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.

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.