Rostov-on-Don became for us the place for rest on the way to Moscow. And I did not expect that this city will make such a good impression on me. The surprise was most caused by the fact that I had not ever heard about it before, and when there are no expectations, the city tour may be a real surprise.


After spending the night, we went to explore the sights of the city.

First impressions - the city is unusually filled with greenery.


We started the city tour from the square on Pushkinskaya Street. It feels like you are walking through the forest with a refined path. Here there is a spirit of appeasement and romance. Architectural masterpieces and sculptures were concentrated along the square: the mansions of Suprunov, Eva Spielrein, Paramonov, the lucrative houses of Vasily Kushnarev, Bostrikiny, the Gaval house, the building of the Don State Public Library, the sculpture "The Lion and the Squirrel", Vysotsky.


The square and the name of the street on the pillars are buried in greenery.


Pushkin's balls are illuminated at night.


We noticed the city has a large number of cafes with an open verandah. By the end of April there was already very warm weather.


After getting to know the park we slowly came to the park of the Revolution, where the Ferris wheel "One Sky" is located. From there we began to walk along one of the main streets of the city - Bolshaya Sadovaya.


Until the beginning of the twentieth century, this street was the outskirts of the city, later on, on both sides of the street, beautiful gardens, luxury shops and important offices were opened, and tramways were built. Bolshaya Sadovaya street began to be called "Nevsky Avenue of Rostov", and one of its segments for unique buildings bearing the names of their owners - "Rostov Broadway."


Here you can see both buildings built before the revolution, and monumental buildings built in the era of Stalin.


Rostov drama theater in its form more like a tractor. Nearby there is the theater square, and nearby you can see a stele in honor of "Warriors-liberators of the city from the Nazi invaders"


The house of the Martyn brothers (it is also called the Red House), built in the late 19th century.


Monument to the "Founders of the Fortress of Dimitry Rostovsky" - Alexander Rigelman - the head of the Rostov fortress construction, the first commandant Ivan Somov, the customs manager Vasily Khastavov, the commander of the Don army Danil Efremov and his adjutant - the Doloman cossack. It shows the moment of discussion of the plan for the construction of the future fortress, with which the history of Rostov-on-Don began.


Rostov State Musical Theater looks like a white piano with an open lid.


In Pokrovsky Square of Rostov there are several interesting sights.


Historically, people call Rostov-on-Don as “Father”, but the origin of the city is due to "Mother" Empress Elizabeth I, she signed a decree on the name of the future fortress on September 23, 1761. The monument was erected in 2007 in Pokrovsky Square.


Rostov-on-Don is one of the ten Russian cities where the water supply system appeared first. And this is a monument to water pipe of the Rostov.

Across the street from the square Masalitina's house, you can see haberdashery shops, sausage, envelope factories and a halva production factory built before the revolution.


The square of the Soviets, on which the regional government is located.


Near you can see the building of the state bank, built in 1915. It is interesting to note that originally the facade of the building was designed for the Bolshaya Sadovaya Street, but there was not enough space for the building there.


We could not ignore the most famous toilet of Russia - on Gazetny Lane (the corner of Gazetny Lane and Bolshaya Sadovaya), which is seriously considered a landmark of the city. True, the toilet is no longer there, but we met the new owner and builders who are remaking it. The history of this place is very interesting. The house, where this toilet was located, was built in the middle of the 19th century. In this building were a bank, apartments, shops. In the beginning of the 20th century, in the basement of the house there was a well-known cafe "Basement of poets". During the NEP period, the Gazetny lane was known as the Red Light Street, and during the occupation of Rostov in World War II, the Germans founded a casino in the basement.

Since 1945, at this place the public toilet was opened, the only one in the city that even Clementine Churchill visited. In 2010, Rufat Hasanov made a documentary movie "O, Sortie!". Now they are planning to make an art gallery and a shop, and the workers gave me a book, which they found while repairing the premises. This book was produced by one of the publishing houses, which in the late 80's was located in this building. The book, by the way, has pornographic content.

After Bolshaya Sadovaya Street we smoothly moved down to the embankment and then we saw the abandoned buildings of the pre-revolutionary building - it's Paramonovsky warehouses. The warehouses themselves were unique. The temperature in the premises both in winter and in summer fluctuated within 5-10 degrees! when there were no refrigeration units at all at that time. And all because of the fact that the architects Shulman and Yakunin, you can say, "immured" the walls of the warehouses with spring water. But during the Great Patriotic War, the cooling system was broken by a single bomb. Also at the Paramonovsky warehouses in the old days, a unique technology for grains was used at that time.


Finally we went to the embankment named after Admiral Ushakov.


I have never seen before a embankment better like this. It is considered the most favorite place of rest for the townspeople. But in my opinion it has only one drawback - there is no beach here.



On the embankment you can see a large number of interesting and modern monuments, for example, there is the sculptural composition "Artist". Usually those who want to have their own personal portrait in the frame are photographed here.


The monument to Grigory and Aksinya is dedicated to the heroes of Sholokhov's work The Quiet Don. You can also sit in the boat on the central bench and feel like a hero of this scene.


Rostov woman – is a monument that glorifies the beauty of Rostov women. There is an opinion that the image of the Rostov woman was written off from the image of the sculptor's wife. The girl seems to come out of the Don waters, symbolizing the beauty of the goddess Aphrodite. At the feet of the beauty there is a small poetic sketch of Lev Oshanin about the beauty of women in Rostov.


But not everything is so good in Rostov. If you just go to any other street in the center, you will immediately see a picture of broken roads and dilapidated houses familiar to Russian cities. It is also very interesting to take a walk in such places.






That's how I saw Rostov-on-Don. The city became one of those in Russia, where I would gladly return. And if you are passing through, I also advise you to look into it.

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