Sightseeing in Samara - what to see. Complete travel guide
Each year, the prosperous modern city attracts more inquisitive tourists. Samara has everything you need for amazing recreation: a lot of historical monuments and culture centers, modern entertainment complexes and shops, unique restaurants and picturesque places for walks. It also should be noted that Samara is a place where interesting festivals and large-scale cultural events are often held. They attract many guests from all Russian cities and other countries.
The city was formed as a watch fortress in the late 16th century. Thanks to the efforts of the locals, a lot of unique historical sites of different epochs have been preserved in Samara. The favorite place for locals and guests’ recreation is the embankment. There is no better place for walking and family recreation. Not all people know that this embankment is the longest in the territory of the country. Its length and inimitable appearance will impress absolutely everyone.
The worthy choice of hospitality venues will also delight the guests of Samara. The hotel infrastructure is developing from year to year. Samara is a big industrial and trade center but it started to pay attention to the tourist industry not so long ago. Today, the city is one of the most popular tourist centers of the country and is very popular with fans of different kinds of tourism. The harmonious atmosphere of the city makes it really irresistible for tourists, each of which will feel like a long-awaited visitor in Samara.
In Samara, there is the former site of the USSR, Stalin’s Bunker that is now open for visitors. This secret bunker was built in the event of nuclear war. The shelter was one of the most modern and most secure in its period. The bunker was declassified not so long ago, in 1990. It is located under the Culture and Art Academy. Today, everyone can see underground shelters built in the event of atomic bombing.
Art connoisseurs will be definitely impressed with the Art Museum of Samara. Its collection started to be formed in the late 19th century. Main initiators of its opening were famous painters of Samara. Their paintings of the 19th-20th centuries are the core of the collection. Today, the museum occupies two luxurious mansions that have a great architectural value.
One of the most beautiful architectural monuments in the modern style is the House of Kurlina. It was built at the beginning of the 20th century upon the order of merchant A. G. Kurlin who then presented it to his wife. In the 70s of the last century, the local history museum was opened in the historic building. In 2008, the historical monument was reconstructed for the first time in many years. It was finished in 2012. After the Reconstruction, the Modern Museum was opened in the mansion.
In the city center, there is the Cathedral of the Protecting Veil of the Mother of God that is considered as a main religious monument of Samara. It was built in 1861 at the expense of merchants Shihobalov. The amazing temple is a spectacular example of Moscow stone architecture. Since its construction, it has remained almost unchangeable. The interior of the temple also deserves special attention. Its walls are decorated with delicate frescoes. Many interior elements here are made of rare marbles.
The excellent place for hiking is the Leningradskaya Street, which is one of the most beautiful historic streets in Samara. Its length is over 1.5 km. the street was formed in the 19th century. Now, you can see here beautiful mansions built in the 19th-20th centuries. Most of the buildings have preserved their original names. The street is pedestrian. In a warm period, it is decorated with lush flower beds.
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