Guest album: Natalya Burtovaya. Kirov city (Translated by Natalia)
Kirov (Vyatka) – is a big city, situated about 900 km far from Moscow (to the north-east). The one of the oldest cities at the north-east part of Russia. It was first mentioned in history at 1374 (and the very first settlements at Vyatka river are known since 1174). The city has changed it’s name to Khlynov in 1457, and again to Vyatka in 1780. In 1934, after the death of well-known revolutionary figure S.M.Kirov, Vyatka has got it’s name. But the inhabitants prefer name “Vyatka” and there’s still a question if it would be officially renamed. The city is famous by Dymkovo clay toys; also the writer A.Grin and painters Vasnetsovs were born here. Kirov is a very cosy and calm city, with lots of trees and parks, and the tempo of life feels like relaxing, especially after Moscow... ...”There’s something peaceful, patriarchal in all of it’s [city], physiognomy, something calming in silence which reigns inside it...” (M.E.Saltykov-Schedrin, russian writer).
The pond near the “Vyatka” Hotel (the bottom pond of the cascade near Diopama)
The ensemble of Trifonov men monastery, XVI-XVIII centuries.
The Diopama building. There’s a painting inside, under the name " The Establishment of the Soviet authority in a Kirov ". It’s length is 35 m and height is 8 m. The painters are A.Intezarov and N.Solomin. The building is also being used as the exhibition hall.
The “saint spring” at Trifonov monastery
The Rotunda in Alexandrovsky garden (build by project of A.Vitberg). Actually, there’re two rotundas in the park, but the first one is standing on the shore above the Vyatka river and it’s image is duplicated for many times. At this one is hidden in the depths of avenues and not so famous. Although it looks more interesting.
Preobrazhenskiy monastery - the Preobrazhenskiy temple. The building stood destroyed for years, but one fine day I arrived and realised, that the church has been repaired. The temple is mow towers on Grin embankment (near Alexandrovsky garden) and supplements the landscape with itself.
Vyatka river – the view from Alexandrovsky garden embankment. At the other shore, at the left – the large village Dymkovo, native land of Dymkovo toys.
The samples of new buildings of city centre. It’s not allowed to build high buildings in historical quarters. The authorities of Kirov try to keep an image of “Old Vyatka” as much as possible (there’re still competent heads in Russia!)
Charles Marx's street - one of "axial" highways, that leads through all the city from the north on the south.
The beginning of Moskovskaya street. The TV-tower is seen in the distance – it stands on the highest hill of the city. (People say that Vyatka – as well as Moscow – stands on “seven hills” I don’t know if it’s right – we didn’t count the hills! :).
The unfinished dome of Spasskiy cathedral (the temple began being repaired in 2005). At the left – the domes of Trifonov monastery and the Vyatka river behind them.
Interior of “Russia” restaurant (in the “Central” hotel building).
The crossroad of Drelevskogo (Spasskaya) street and the Lenin street. On the contrary, across the road – a building with balcony - “Kardakov shop”, built in 1879 and the property of Vyatka merchant I.Kardakov (until 1918). A semicircular building at the right - The Theatre on Spasskaya.
Vyatka School of arts. The former building of P.Kablukov shop, 1909. Architector – A.Charushin.
...Let’s take a look at Trifonov monastery onse again.
The bottom pond near Diopama.
Pond near Diopama and the bridge fence (there’re lots of of fencings of such configuration in the city – obviously, a hint of the unity of style! :)