Slight digression: Novosibirsk — the city I live in — is considered to be “the center of Siberia”, because it’s the biggest and the most populous city in Siberian region; besides it’s a transport, industrial and trade center of federal importance. As you may see, there is no bears in the street and people playing balalayka ;)
So, you’re welcome!
Today we’re going to take a walk in the center of Novosbirsk and to take a closer look at its surroundings and architecture.
To be honest, Novosibirsk is rather grey and gloomy because of its architectural solution: there are a great number of buildings which belong to the Stalin period of the rule and which are noted for their dark and obscure fronts.
The only thing that prettifies the appearance of the city is parcs where you may walk and spend time with your family or friends. But in my opinion this variant is suitted only for summer.
Spring is coming!
An ordinary Russian man ;)
An ordinary Russian bench full of ads and scratches.
Novosibirsk Philharmonic Hall.
The word “Росгосстрах” on house-top is the name of the Russian insurance company, which means “Russian State Insurance”.
One interesting fact about etimology: the word “Insurance” in English language originated from the word “sure”, i.e. “to be sure in something”. But the Russian equivalent for this word is “Страхование” (“Strakhovanie”) which is result of the word “Страх” (“Strakh”), i.e. “fear”.
Yep, I adore etimology :)
This chapel is believed to be the center of Russia. But it’s not true :)
Victory Day posters. 68 years ago, on 9 of May (according to the Moscow time), the German Instrument of Surrender was signed. Nowadays this day continues to be a great date in Russian history.
Pedestrian subway entrance.
One more Victory Day banner on the building of Novosibirsk City Administration.
Subway entrance (the capital letter “M” means “Metro” (Rus. “Метро”) and the Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre on the background.
The most part of the buildings are grey and somber.
The statue of Vladimir Lenin in the center :) It’s a feature of Russia! The statue on the right is called “Worker and Kolkhoz Woman” (Rabochiy i Kolkhoznitsa), it’s a kind of symbol of Soviet Union. The group of people on the left I don’t know %) Somebody says they are revolutionists, other — “A worker, a Red Army man and a guerilla warrior “. So, I’m not sure.
A cheerful Russian programmer against the background of obscure city ;)
Meanwhile the weather was getting worse.
Nevertheless we managed to take some shots with really great colours!
And by the way! Sometimes common buildings are mixed with buisness centers and malls. Such a contrast :)