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russian cuisine in the heart of moscow
Kitezh-Grad is a restaurant with a Russian cuisine with recreated style of the XVII -XVIII centuries, located in the basement of a merchant manor house of G.A. Kiryakov built by famous architect Kazakov at the end of the XVIII century,
next to Vysokopetrovsky Monastery
About the Restaurant
THE HISTORY OF THE RESTAURANT
the legend of Kitezh
The restaurant was created by the legend of the Great City of Kitezh, which was build in 1165 near Lake Svetloyar in the heart of Russia, Nizhniy Novgorod region Grand Prince Yuri Dolgoruky.
Great Kitezh was the plan of a great city, because the place was unusually fine. There were many temples and it was all built in white stone, which was at the time a sign of wealth and purity.
Then came the difficult years of the invasion of Batu. But Kitezh, when it was surrounded by enemies did not give up: its inhabitants begged the Almighty God, and asked for support... The city was plunged into the waters of the sacred lake Svetloyar. The horror came upon the enemy, and they ran away from this great miracle.
This legend is about the city of saints and sages that led ashore Svetloyar many great people, artists, writers, musicians.
The 19th century writer Pavel Melnikov - Pechersky, inspired by Svetloyar lake, told a legend in his novel "In the Woods", as well as in the story "Grisha".
Lake had been visited by Maxim Gorky ( essay "hill" ) , Vladimir Korolenko (essaycycle" in desert places"), Michael Prishvin (essay "Bright Lake”). Nikolai Rimsky - Korsakov wrote the opera "Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh" аbout the mysterious city. And during our days the great conductor Valery Gergiev has put it on the stage of the Bolshoi Theatre. Lake drew artists Nikolai Romadin, Ilya Glazunov, and many others. Poets Akhmatova and Tsvetaeva mention City of Kitezh in their work.
This legend gave birth to many incredible rumors that have survived until now. It is said that only those who are pure in heart and soul, will find a way to Kitezh. It is also said that in calm weather can sometimes hear the sound of bells and the singing of the people, coming from the Svetloyar lake waters. For this reason the lake is sometimes called the "Russian Atlantis."
Currently Svetloyar lake and its surroundings are part of the nature reserve, which is under UNESCO protection.