- Kazan: ever-growing embankments
- St. Petersburg: canals are cleaner than Venice
- Kaliningrad - Königsberg in Russian
- Yoshkar-Ola: Bruges embankment in the Mari forests
- The Eiffel Tower adorns Russian cities
- Veliky Ustyug - Russian answer to Lapland
Russia is changing rapidly, especially cities. Not only modern architecture surprises, but also special attention to historical sites, which was not there in the last century: historic parks are being restored, new ones are being built, grandiose sports facilities are being built.
Increasingly, surprised reviews from Russian emigrants who once left the country and now visit their hometown appear on social networks. An Israeli, who traveled all over Europe with his family, brought his daughter to his hometown - Kazan: “My daughter did not notice that this country is somehow different from European countries. This is surprising to me: I never thought that Kazan has changed so much".
Kazan: ever-growing embankments
Kazan today is a popular tourist magnet. The restored noble and merchant mansions in the city center, Orthodox churches and mosques built before the revolution are surrounded by flocks of tourists. As in Europe, double-decker tourist buses slowly circulate through the city.
There are many sports facilities in the city of international level, where the championships of Russia, Europe and the world are held: the Kazan-Arena football stadium, the Tatneft-Arena hockey stadium, the Water Sports Palace, the Federal Center for Rowing Sports, the Martial Arts Palace and others. They look more than modern.
There is a lot of water in the city. The legendary Kaban Lake with Khan's treasures at the bottom is actually a complex of 3 lakes that divide the historic center of the city. The Kazanka River, which flows into the Volga, the Bulak River, which connects the lake with the river, the Volga itself. Narrow Bulak, crossed by historic bridges, looks especially beautiful in the evening.
What gives the city a European luster is the embankments! While there are 2 of them in Kazan: the Kremlin embankment on Kazanka and the embankment of Lake Kaban. Both embankments are constantly being completed and modified. A large number of plants have been planted on the embankment of Lake Kaban, including water plants that can purify lake water. Stepped plank decks at different angles allow you to descend to the water. Catamarans for rent, bike paths for the active. The construction of the lake embankment is an international project, and soon a glass building of the environmental center will appear here.
St. Petersburg: canals are cleaner than Venice
St. Petersburg was conceived and built as a European capital. Numerous rivers and canals, along which thousands of tourists float past palaces and temples, majestic palaces look at their reflection in the water:
- Mikhailovsky castle
- Yusupov Palace
- Razumovsky palace
- Stroganov Palace
- Mariinsky Palace.
The canals give a special charm to St. Petersburg, like Venice and Amsterdam. In St. Petersburg, waterways are constantly expanding, becoming deep, then narrowing. Travelers will find 300 km of waterways in the city.
A special part of the beauty of St. Petersburg is the bridges: there are 800 of them, more than 200 of them are pedestrian. On the Petersburg bridges, mythical griffins and curly lions live, horses gallop and the sphinx grins mysteriously:
- Bank Bridge
- Lion bridge
- Anichkov bridge
- Egyptian bridge.
Every tourist center has a place to make a wish. There are many of them in St. Petersburg, but for money - this is to griffins with golden wings: you need to put a coin under the paw of the monster, and it's in the bag. And if you kiss him just above the tail, then wealth is inevitable - that's what Bank Bridge is for.
Kaliningrad - Königsberg in Russian
This city was not only conceived, but also was for hundreds of years a European center: a Prussian, Polish, German city (Tvangste, Krulevets, Koenigsberg), but only in 1946 it became Kaliningrad, the most western regional center of the USSR, and now the Russian Federation.
Kaliningrad was badly damaged during the Great Patriotic War, but some buildings, witnesses of its German history, survived. For example, the Gothic cathedral (the main temple of Koenigsberg): a large organ inside it was restored at the end of the 20th century, now there is a cultural and religious center. Over time, Orthodox churches and centers of culture settled in the buildings of Lutheran temples (kirkhs):
- Holy Cross Cathedral - the former Church of the Cross (Kreuzkirch)
- Church of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos - the former Church of Rosenau
- Regional Puppet Theater - the former church in memory of Queen Louise
- Organ Hall of the Regional Philharmonic Society - the former Church of the Holy Family
- St. Nicholas Church - the former Juditten Church .
The Gothic outlines of the former church, the former St. George's Hospital (Fishery College), the Königsberg Royal Gate create the atmosphere of a European city from the times of Prussia and the German Empire. Artificially creates the atmosphere of Prussia and a new quarter - "Rybnaya Derevnya": new buildings are built in the Prussian style. Here is a favorite vacation spot for the townspeople, a tourist infrastructure has been established: hotels, cafes, entertainment centers.
Yoshkar-Ola: Bruges embankment in the Mari forests
The Mari city on the Malaya Kokshaga River has built a piece of Europe for itself, so that you can walk along it in good weather. On both banks of Malaya Kokshaga in the 21st century, new buildings appeared, reminiscent of medieval Flemish houses. Without copying specific buildings, the houses repeat the architectural features of the old buildings in Amsterdam and Bruges. They are called that: the Amsterdam embankment and the Bruges embankment, looking at each other across the Mari river.
And then there are buildings similar to the Venetian Doge's Palace, Neuschwanstein Castle, the local cathedral carries the features of St. Basil's and the Savior on Spilled Blood, and, to harmonize everything, the Spasskaya Tower of the Moscow Kremlin is located nearby.
The abundance of monuments is also quite European - only on the embankment there are monuments:
- Prince of Monaco and Grace Kelly
- Alexander Pushkin and Eugene Onegin
- Empress Elizabeth
- Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn
- Hans the Pied Piper.
At first, the Yoshkarolins were laughed at, discussing bad taste and calling them "the capital of forgeries". And now they are used to, from the surrounding cities and neighboring republics (Chuvashia, Tatarstan) they go there for a walk among the bright houses, to take beautiful photos.
The Eiffel Tower adorns Russian cities
The symbol of Paris - the Eiffel Tower - is one of the most recognizable architectural structures in the world. Tourists export tons of souvenir delicate turrets from France . But this is not enough: many cities, including Russians, want to have (and have) such a souvenir at home.
More than 50 towers, in varying degrees similar to the creation of the Eiffel, have been built around the world. Russia is not far behind in this sport - copies of the Eiffel Tower have:
- Arzamas of the Nizhny Novgorod region
- S. Ozeretskoe, Moscow region
- Paris of the Chelyabinsk region.
Recently, the Roman Master company donated the Eiffel Tower to the native city of Mikhailovsk (Stavropol Territory). The "Roman Master" wanted to please the townspeople, and at the same time to draw attention to his skill in handling metal. Locals willingly take pictures with the new tower, that is, the gift has been accepted! Bearing in mind that earlier Mikhailovsk was a village of Shpakovsky, the inhabitants of the region came up with the nickname "Sparizh" for the city.
Veliky Ustyug - Russian answer to Lapland
Children from all over Europe are taken to Lapland to see where Santa Claus lives, ride reindeer and ice slides. In Russia, there is also such a place - Veliky Ustyug, where the residence of the Russian Santa Claus is located. Children will find gifts, reindeer riding, various winter activities, a decorated Christmas tree - and Santa Claus himself, who is always glad to see guests.