The many-sided Astrakhan is a city where you want to spend more time. Someone is attracted by the centuries-old history and mixing of cultures, other tourists like to wander through the old quarters with an oriental flavor, the third - to visit noisy markets and enjoy fish gastronomy. For 3 days in Astrakhan, you can have time to fully explore the city, visit cultural events and take a river walk through the Volga expanses.
What to see in Astrakhan in 3 days? It is worth compiling a list of attractions that interest you in advance. By planning each day, you will have time to see the multicultural city from different angles. But do not forget about spontaneity: turn into atmospheric courtyards and alleys, have picnics in cozy parks and try unusual dishes - Astrakhan has something to surprise even sophisticated tourists.
Start your acquaintance with Astrakhan from the White City. This is the historical heart of the cultural center of the Lower Volga region and the Caspian region. It is here that the iconic sights of the city are located, including the Astrakhan Kremlin. It is convenient to start the tourist route of the first day from the Annunciation Monastery and then move towards the Kremlin. To get acquainted with the ceremonial architecture of Astrakhan, choose one of the streets: Sovetskaya or Esplanadnaya. The appearance of both streets was formed in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
On Sovetskaya Street, you will pass by the historic building of the drama theater, the Mariinsky gymnasium and the Agababovsky school, the merchant houses of Karyagin and Bagirov, as well as the Persian courtyard. On Esplanadnaya Street there are: the house of the merchant Dogadin, the estates of Timofeyeva and Frangulov, as well as a number of other interesting stone mansions. Approaching the Astrakhan Kremlin from the east, you will find yourself in the Bratsk Garden. In pre-revolutionary times, the local aristocracy spent time here. During the Soviet period, the garden was turned into a memorial complex with the burials of soldiers and the Eternal Flame.
The Kremlin in Astrakhan was erected in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. But, later, the fortress was being completed. The Kremlin of Astrakhan received its modern look in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Now it is a tourist complex with museums inside historical buildings. The architectural ensemble has been perfectly preserved. Solid fortress walls with a length of 1.5 km encircle it from all sides. The height of the walls of the Astrakhan Kremlin is from 3 to 8 meters, defensive towers have been preserved almost on each side. The most interesting for tourist sightseeing are: Prechistenskaya bell tower - the main gate of the Kremlin; Red twelve-sided tower with loophole and arrowhead; Torture Tower with exhibitions "Architecture of Old Astrakhan" and "History of Legal Proceedings".
The main attraction of the Kremlin inside the walls is the Assumption Cathedral. The temple, built at the turn of the 17th-18th centuries in the Moscow Baroque style, is considered one of the architectural masterpieces of church architecture. Together with the Execution Ground it forms a single ensemble - a phenomenon unique for Russia. Other architectural masterpieces of the Astrakhan Kremlin: Bishops' house; Trinity Cathedral, similar to an old tower; Storeroom. An external inspection of the territory of the Kremlin will take from 1-1.5 hours, the visit is free. You can view exhibitions inside buildings with a single ticket: 300 rubles. per adult and 120 rubles. for the child.
Further, the route of the first day in Astrakhan will pass towards the Volga embankment (Gorodskaya branch). From Lenin Square, move towards Swan Lake - a small reservoir with swans and an openwork rotunda. Further - to the Arc de Triomphe and from it along Governor Anatoly Guzhvin Avenue to the monument to Peter I on Petrovskaya Embankment. Walking along Petrovskaya and further along the Red Embankments, you will see fountains and sculptural compositions, old stone mansions and bridges over the Kutum River. It is better to choose a place for lunch on Petrovskaya embankment - there are many eateries, snack stalls and restaurants, including floating ones. You can end your day at the Bolshiye Isady market, a historical bazaar founded several centuries ago. Here you can buy Astrakhan food souvenirs and taste local delicacies.
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