The first garden called the Hermitage appeared in Moscow in 1830 on Bozhedomka. However, later it moved to the Karetny Ryad to the place of the former estate of the merchant Olontsov and was opened to the public in 1894.
Chaliapin and Rachmaninoff used to perform on the stage of the Hermitage Garden in different years. The first nights of Chekhov’s plays took place here. Tolstoy and Lenin used to visit this garden. Today there are three Moscow theatres in the Hermitage Garden, the oldest of which is located in the building of the XIX century. The last theatre built here was the Novaya Opera Theatre, which opened its doors for spectators in 1991 and since then has become one of the favorite theaters of Moscow residents. In 2006 an unusual composition Monument to All the Lovers appeared there. According to tradition, those couples who kissed under this heart will be happy all their life! The chamber and cozy Hermitage Garden in the very center of Moscow is a real island of tranquility and inspiration. There is an excellent playground, a good cuisine in the restaurant-terrace, a skating rink with music in winter and a wonderful lawn with deckchairs in summer. This is really a Moscow holiday destination, where one can meet young couples and moms with kids, and adolescents with books and gadgets, and the elderly people strolling along the paths.