Moscow drains & rivers: General information 1

The city’s storm drain system is separated from the sewage. The drains all fall into the two large rivers – the Moscow river and the Yauza. This kind of engineering solution makes the sewage nearly unvisitable due to the stench and constant water lever, but the drains are more than a pleasant place to visit.

The best time to visit a drain is sure winter – there is a fucking lot of snow and no probability of rain.

Most of the drains were constructed in river beds, and have a river’s name.

The first Moscow underground river was the Neglinka. It was first transformed into an open channel by the order of Catherine the great, and was closed completely soon after the fire in 1812. Neglinka was reconstructed several times since then, becoming one of the nicest and most popular underground rivers.

The next major step in the rivers’ underground descent was the construction of train stations in the very beginning of the 20th century. A few river systems were buried completely, some – fragmentarily. They were the last brick drains built in Moscow.

Then the revolution came! And with it came the new methods of construction. First – simply concrete, and later – concrete rings and blocks. New territories were being populated, and huge river tunnels like Hapilovka and Nischenka were constructed. These two are generally visited by boat.

I made a short list of the most interesting or important ones that might one day get a post:

Brick rivers (or with large fragments)
Chertotiy “Devildigger”

Partially brick rivers (with small fragments)
Zolotoy Rozhok “Golden horn”
Kolomenka (Nischenka’s confluent)
Kalitnikovsky stream
Sinichka “Tomtit bird”

Concrete rivers


That’s an illustration with most of the rivers and drains – the red ones are all underground.