The film is dedicated to the problems of ecology of culture, which are acute in different spheres of life in Moscow. A native Muscovite, People's Artist of the RSFSR, Yakovlev Sergei Sergeevich, with his grandson, is walking along the old alleys of Moscow. They pass by the house-museum of A.M. Vasnetsov: a memorial plaque, Vasnetsov's office, an open easel with a landscape, reproductions of A.M. Vasnetsov's paintings "The Kremlin under Ivan Kalita", "The Kremlin under John III", "Zemsky Prikaz on Red Square" , paintings "Messengers in the early morning in Moscow", "Simonov Monastery", chronicle - demolish Simonov Monastery; Church of the Intercession in Fili, restorer I. V. Ilyenko; house-museum named after Lermontov; Church of the Great Ascension; Church of Fyodor Studit (Suvorov). Yakovlev's meeting with children on a Moscow street; a chronicle of the destruction of the Red Gate; demolition of houses in Moscow; various shots of the reconstruction of Moscow in the 20s - 30s: the building of the central telegraph office, the newspaper Izvestia, st. Gorky. Yakovlev's conversation with architects A. G. Rychagov and A. V. Vavakin, artist I. P. Obrosov, restorer I. V. Ilyenko. Demolition of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior (chronicle), old Arbat.