Let's start our little walk through Petrozavodsk.

Railway station in Petrozavodsk

This is the only monument in honor of Ulyanov-Lenin in Russia, in whose hands are not famous worker-peasant cap, but necessary thing for the local nature namely hat ear flaps.

The monument is located in the center of the square of the same name.

Eternal Flame – is near of Ulyanov, across the street

A memorial erected at the burial site of active participants in the revolutionary movement and the Civil War. During the Second World War there were buried Soviet soldiers who died in the battle of Petrozavodsk. On May 8, 1969 the burial of the remains of the Unknown Soldier took place. Their remains were found in the area near Lake Erie Lamba in Medvezhiegorsk area.

The building of the local police department

And these fun figures are under the roof of the Petrozavodsk Puppet Theatre:

One of the central streets of the city

Kirov monument in the center of the square near the Palace of Culture

The House of Culture of Petrozavodsk in the rear

Guns in the flower beds in the square in area with Kirov

Sculpture "Melody" that placed where we went to Lake Onega. It was opened in 1977. Author is Michael Koppalev

Monument to Peter the Great in the park on the waterfront

Lake Onega

Throughout the city's waterfront unusual sculptures were located donated by the twin cities of Petrozavodsk in different years


Sculpture from the twin city of Duluth (Minnesota, USA), which initiated the whole gallery of sculptures, set in 1991. Author - sculptor Rafael Consuegra. Two fishermen - Russian and American - cast a net that, according to the author, should symbolize the joint creative labor

Sculpture "Wish Tree", set in 1996

Gift of the twin city of Umeå (county of Västerbotten, Sweden), author Kent Andersen. It was made in the factory "Avangard" by method of coating of barrel with natural pine with glass. On the side, on a tree trunk, the author has placed a symbolic ear for cherished desires

"Meeting Place"

Sculpture from the twin city of Mo i Rana (Norway), established in 2001. The authors of the works are Ingyun Dahlin and Bente Strёmsnes Hёyen. The sculpture is a symbol of sister city relations between Petrozavodsk and Rana municipality. Two equal cities meet for cooperation. Women stretch the hands  to each other, and from the hands sprouts friendship grow that after some time will become a strong and beautiful plant. The idea of sculpture is that people can climb the stairs and meet at the gate. A large base of the monument makes this possible. In sculpture, color of commune Rana - gold and green are applied, which symbolizing the value, growth and development


Monument – is the gift of the Leningrad Region was inaugurated during the celebration of the 300th anniversary of the city of Petrozavodsk in the second stage of the Onega embankment. The authors of the monument are sculptors Manachinsky Alexander, Manachinsky Vladislav, architects Kim Valery and Mikhailov Nikolay. The monument represents allegorically the idea of birth the city of Petrozavodsk, as a defensive outpost of Russia. The young soldier standing in a boat, is ready to go ashore. The figure was made in the classical manner. In one hand soldier holds a spear, the other one rests on the shield. The shield shows the emblem of the city of Petrozavodsk and the inscription "Petrozavodsk 1703- 2003. The gift of the Leningrad region.

If you walk along the embankment a little further, to the very end of it, you can see wooden sculptures as well created for the City Day at the IV International Sculpture Symposium, dedicated to the 160th anniversary of the publication of the epic "Kalevala":

In short, I got the impression that Petrozavodsk –is a city of monuments, sculptures and marble plates...

The temple was built on the donations of artisan of the Alexander factory designed by the architect Alexander Ivanovich Postnikov. Construction of the cathedral was conducted under the direction of engineer Pietro Carlo Maderno in 1826-1832 years.

It was consecrated by the first bishop Olonets and Petrozavodsk Ignatius on January 27, 1832. On January 1888 parochial school was founded in the Church.

In 1929 the temple was closed. The building was passed to local history museum, wherein all 5 were domes were demolished, and inside intermediate floor was arranged.

In 1991 the temple was returned to Petrozavodsk diocese. In autumn 1993, the restoration of the temple began. The author of restoration project – was the architect V.G. Kopnin. Exterior view of the cathedral was rebuilt in strict accordance with the original one. But unfortunately, the new interior design (iconostasis, reliquaries, chandeliers, etc..) does not match the style of the building.

On May 9, 1995 Bishop of Petrozavodsk and Karelia Manuel made the first solemn prayer. In July 1996, the cathedral Orthodox cross was established.

June 3, 2000, His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II consecrated the church, which became the cathedral of Petrozavodsk and Karelian diocese.

In July 2000, of the regional museum in the temple the particles of the holy relics of St Anthony Roman were transferred, Martyr Paraskeva and parcel of the rod of Aaron the High Priest.

June 3, 2010 in the ninetieth year of the Republic of Karelia near the Cathedral a monument to St. Prince Alexander Nevsky (sculptor VG Kozenyuk) was opened. On the same day it was consecrated by Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill.

This temple was our last impression of Petrozavodsk. Ahead a trip to the island of Kizhi was waiting for us by meteor boat and homecoming. But that's another story...


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