Pyatnitskaya was originally built as the road to Serpukhov, Tula and Ryazan. It started as a large trade route and then turned into a shopping street. As it still is today. Up to the 18th century the street was simply and succinctly called Bolshaya – the big street. It got its modern name after the Church of Saint Paraskeva Pyatnitsa was built. She is considered the holy protector of trade. The church stood on the place where the overground entrance hall of Novokuznetskaya Metro Station can now be found. Initially streltsy, merchants, and craftsmen lived on Pyatnitskaya, and later the nobility came to live here too. From way back, the umber of inns and restaurants far exceeded any existing limits. The merchants here liked to eat well and surprise their guests. To this day Pyatnitskaya is still one of the most restaurant-heavy streets in Moscow.
Pyatnitskaya is one of the main streets in the historic protected Zamoskvorechie area. It’s really worth wandering round to feel the spirit of old Moscow. And if you download the GPS tour “Zamoskvorechie”, you will find out about all the sights here and you won’t get lost in its labyrinth of sidestreets.