What used to be in the 17th century just three fishing ponds belonging to Patriarch Joachim (hence the name) has now become one of Moscow’s most romantic places.
Although since the 19th century there is only one pond left, the “Patriarch’s ponds” name remained. The pond covers an area of 9,900 sq-meters and is two meters deep. A lodge was built on the embankment in 1986. It now hosts a restaurant.
Mikhail Bulgakov participated in the fame of the pond. Various scenes from his novel “The Master and Margarita” are set there. Two museums are now dedicated to the Russian writer in the nearby house where he used to live.
The area around the pond is residential and a few of the buildings there stand out with their architectures.