Tourist guide to the city of Novosibirsk

The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Novosibirsk

The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Novosibirsk ©mksystem/Flick

Novosibirsk is the capital of the district with the same name located in the south-western Russia and is the third largest city in the country. Even if the population currently stands at 1.4 million, its past is not nearly as impressive, the town being established in 1893. At first it was named in honor of St. Nicholas Novonikolayevsk and Tsar then, Nicholas II, and later received the name as it bears today. We present you a brief tourist guide to the city of Novosibirsk.

Despite its short history, Novosibirsk quickly became a city that holds more superlatives that are the testimony of its value.

 

For example, Novosibirsk has the largest library in Siberia, the largest Russian ballet theater (even bigger than in Moscow) and here is the largest railway station of the trans-Siberian route. On the streets of the big city you can find most kinds of artworks and the culture degree achieves a remarkable level. The architecture, painting, music and theater are in perfect harmony in a charming game of shapes, colors and sounds.

View of the city of Novosibirsk with the Public Science Library

View of the city of Novosibirsk with the Public Science Library ©sashapo/Flick

The Academy of Sciences in Novosibirsk

A tourist guide to the city of Novosibirsk has to mention that in 1943 the Academy of Sciences in the city of Novosibirsk opened a branch which was to mark the beginning of major changes in educational profile. While some research institutes were part of the city, others were located up to 30 km away from it. A ‘satellite’ town of Novosibirsk founded by the Academy of Sciences in the 50s was Academgorodok. Its role was to house the elite researchers, reaching even 65 000 inhabitants.

The Novosibirsk Opera

The Novosibirsk Opera is well known outside the country being appreciated by the critics as a symbol of the Siberian culture. Beyond the high artistic performance achieved here, the building itself is monumental with its dome with a diameter of 60 m and a height of 35 m.

The Opera Theater in Novosibirsk

The Opera Theater in Novosibirsk ©mksystem/Flick

Religious buildings in Novosibirsk

At last, but not at least our tourist guide of the city of Novosibirsk presents two religious buildings that wort to be seen.

Among the religious buildings of the city the Ascension Cathedral is by far the most appreciated thanks to its gilded domes that reflect the unique style of churches of this religion. The brightness of the exterior continues inside the shrine, where the icons are washed by the light coming through the large windows. The church can be visited anytime and is accessible from the Sovetskaya Street 91.

One of the most famous landmarks in downtown Novosibirsk is the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral completed in 1898. The exterior has an authentic Byzantine architecture, with reddish brick. Obviously, the church is among the historical monuments of the city and this is why it was was completely renovated in the late 20th century.

The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Novosibirsk

The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Novosibirsk ©mksystem/Flick

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