The Garden Ring [Sadovoe kol'tso]
aka Sadovaya St.
The outer of two major circular roads that ring Moscow (now there is
a third as well). The Garden Ring and the Boulevard Ring are streets laid out over the former site
of walls around the city. The Garden Ring, 16 km in circumference, was created
in the early 1800s as a tree-lined boulevard, replacing the city's outer
wall. The trees were felled when the road was widened in the 1930s (according
to legend, so that war planes could land there!).Most of the novel is set
inside the Garden Ring, which today defines central Moscow. Both the apartment of Likhodeev/Berlioz/Woland
and the Variete theater
are located on the ring, and Patriarch's
Ponds, where the novel begins, is a block in.
Click the image for a view of the Garden Ring