Top 15 attractions in Volsk, Russia

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Volsk is located on the banks of the Volga and is a typical town in provincial Russia. The city had several successful stages in its development, but first the war of 1812, and then the revolution, slowed down its economic growth. Many architectural beauties remained in Volsk from those times, for example, a complex of merchant mansions near the Central Square.

This city of the Saratov region presented the country with Peter Grushin. He stood at the origins of the creation of anti-aircraft missile systems. A monument was erected in honor of the aircraft designer in his small homeland. Volsk also has impressive museum collections. This is especially true of the Natural History Museum and Art Gallery. Among the exhibits there are gifts from both Russian and foreign museums.

What to see and where to go in Volsk?

The most interesting and beautiful places for walking. Photos and a short description.

central square

This part of the city is famous for its architecture. In the northern part of the square there are two former merchant mansions. They have unusual roofs with numerous forged details. One of the mansions is given over to the gallery, the second is occupied by the bank. On the other side is the administration building. It was rebuilt in the 30s, so the building stands out from the general row. And the Gostiny Dvor managed to preserve its historical appearance.

Central square

Holy Trinity Cathedral

Construction was completed in 1809. Funds for the construction of the temple were allocated by V. Zlobin. In the 1920s, it belonged to the Renovationists for a short time. In 1934 the cathedral was destroyed. A monument to Lenin was erected on the resulting wasteland. Already in our century, it was decided to restore the temple. The work was carried out from 2006 to 2009. Then the consecration took place. The cathedral retained its former name.

Holy Trinity Cathedral

Gostiny Dvor building

The massive building spans the entire block. Its facade is decorated around the perimeter with white columns. The Gostiny Dvor was built with the money of a local figure V. Zlobin, who organized shopping arcades here. They developed before the war with Napoleon, and with the ruin of the founder, they began to decline. During its existence, Gostiny Dvor hosted many different organizations under its roof. Now inside offices and retail outlets.

Gostiny Dvor building

Drama Theater

Founded in 1937. During the first years, the theater was based solely on the enthusiasm of the artists and director V. Blok. In 1964, the team received a specially constructed building at its disposal. The repertoire includes world classics and contemporary contemporary plays. The theater tours and participates in large all-Russian festivals. In addition, he himself hosted the Small Town Theater Festival in 2016.

Drama Theater

Art Gallery

It occupies a former merchant's house. The building was erected at the end of the 19th century, and it has changed little since then. Even the interior of the four large halls remained unchanged. The art gallery has been located inside since 1920. Nationalization helped in the formation of the collection: valuables confiscated from wealthy residents were brought here. Some paintings are provided by the Tretyakov Gallery. Among the exhibits are the works of both domestic and Western masters.

Art Gallery

Museum of Local Lore

One of the largest provincial museums of local lore profile. The year of foundation is 1920. The exposition is divided into separate components and includes, among other things: an art gallery, departments of nature and history. Collections of coins, archaeological finds, household items, old and rare editions of books are presented. The collections are impressive, some of them are periodically taken out to temporary exhibitions.

Museum of Local Lore

natural history museum

It occupies five halls and fully tells about the soils, relief, water system and climate of the Volsky region. Visitors can follow the change of seasons thanks to dioramas. Paleontological finds from different periods are also presented. In 1935, the British National Museum presented Volsk with a unique collection of butterflies, and the Ural Geological Museum presented a collection of ornamental stones.

Natural history museum

Fire Tower

Built in the second half of the 19th century. Nearby is one of the fire departments of the city. The building has four tiers. The historical appearance has been preserved. Not in use for a long time. For some time it was privately owned. There was an option to open a cafe in it, but sanitary standards did not allow. In 2018, the tower received the status of a protected cultural object. There are plans to create an observation deck on it.

Fire Tower

Monument to the sailors of the Volga Flotilla

Installed at the slope of the Volga embankment in 1976. The place was not chosen by chance. It was here that the sailors landed to fight for Volsk during the revolution. The battle turned out to be protracted, but the first military formation of the Red Army on the Volga managed in the summer of 1918 to oust the counter-revolutionaries from the city. About 700 associates were released from prisons. The monument looks like a sculpture of a sailor rushing into battle.

Monument to the sailors of the Volga Flotilla

Monument to P. D. Grushin

Installed in 1985. Grushin was born in Volsk and lived here for a long time. He is known as the creator of anti-aircraft missile systems. Pyotr Dmitrievich was able to prove that it was possible to detect and shoot down enemy reconnaissance aircraft. The bust stands on a stone platform. Grushin's regalia are listed on its pedestal, including an indication of receiving two orders of the Hero of Socialist Labor.

Monument to P. D. Grushin

Monument to the first Constitution of the RSFSR

In 1920, a competition was announced to create a monument. The winner was the sculptor A. Kobelev. However, the final monument is very different from the one conceived by the master. Instead of a complex structure, they had to be content with a small obelisk. Outwardly, it is very similar to the podium. In 1934, the monument changed its residence, as a theater began to be built nearby. It was refurbished when moved.

Monument to the first Constitution of the RSFSR

Memorial "Eternal Flame"

Opened in 1975. It is located on the square named after the 10th anniversary of the October Revolution. In addition to the bowl with fire, the memorial includes: a flat obelisk with an inscription, a semicircular wall of commemorative plaques, two figures of warriors who, as it were, stand on guard at the Eternal Flame. The project of the composition belongs to the artist N. Savelyev. Every year, this monument hosts the main events on Victory Day.

Memorial Eternal Flame

Volsky city park

It was founded in 1793 with the direct participation of the local merchant Peter Sapozhnikov. Repeatedly altered and changed the boundaries. The last renovation took place in 2018. The attractions have been updated, more types of leisure and entertainment have been organized for the citizens. Among other things, in the park you can play football or tennis, visit a shooting range, admire the large fountain and numerous sculptures.

Volsky city park

city ​​embankment

Extends along the right bank of the Volga. It is small in size and is separated from the river not only by a forged fence, but also by a green zone with an abundance of plantings. A wide well-maintained descent leads to the water. Nearby is a monument to the sailors of the Volga flotilla. The paths are asphalted, walking here is comfortable. There are benches, lanterns are lit in advance, so that the area is always lit.

City ​​embankment

Chalk Quarry

In the past, the territory belonged to the factory. Chalk was mined here and used for the production of cement. The quarry was abandoned, a lake formed in its basin. Traces of the ladle are clearly visible, as well as the remains of prehistoric creatures in the section. The shores of the lake are overgrown, they are used by tourists for recreation. The route "Secrets of the chalk quarry" has been developed. Since 2016, an observation deck has been equipped nearby.

Chalk Quarry