Bulgakov and his Patriarchal Ponds. Soviet writer Mikhail Bulgakov gave Moscow more than one legend. The heroes of his novel "The Master and Margarita" freely walk around the city not so much in print, as in a ghostly one. The fact that Bulgakov invested in the casual encounters of the novel a profound meaning is obvious. Therefore, the place of meeting with the devil was chosen by the Patriarchal Ponds. Why this place? In the distant period of the Middle Ages the Patriarchs were called the Goat Bogs. Only this is connected not entirely with goats, but even quite the opposite - with the machinations of otherworldly forces. It was inhabited by uninhibited souls who loved to annoy living people. The legend says that in our Patrick's territory there were ancient bloody temples, where priests sacrificed people.