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Breathtaking Chuvashia

Best viewpoints of the republic
Would you like to enjoy the beauty of Chuvashia? We have a lot of viewpoints, which impress not only with its sceneries, but with its history as well. We've made a review of interesting places, where you will find amazing views and landmarks, and many of which are more than 400 years old.

Cheboksary and Novocheboksarsk

Victory Park

Victory Park is not just a memorial complex, but also a very nice place to have rest. A picturesque view over the Volga and old town, neat alleys, quite a distance from industrial areas and the city centre - all these attract people. Some people come together with a company, others alone, but everyone behave quietly and modestly, as it is meant to be in such places.

A 16-meters high monument of glory is the highest point of the city. Being erected in 1980 with participation of the third cosmonaut, Andrian Nikolaev, the monument is the central figure in the architectural composition.


Monument of Glory in Victory Park
Monument of Glory in Victory Park
The composition symbolize sorrow of the mothers, who never met their sons back at home. A mother, pointing somewhere into a distance, keeps a flag in her hands, and her son is ready to accept it and asks for her blessings.

The complex covers 30 hectares, including an open air museum of military equipment. The museum is popular both among adults and children. A lot of examples of military machines are collected here, including the legendary T-34 tank. They had been serving for the benefit of Russia for many years.
View from Victory Park over the Dormition Church and the Holy Trinity Monastery
View from Victory Park over the Dormition Church and the Holy Trinity Monastery

Konstantin Ivanov Street
(a viewpoint in front of the café 'Bagrationi')

Konstantina Ivanova Street plays a special role in the history of Cheboksary. It is a place of old town, which outstands with its original architecture and cozy atmosphere. Here you will find a lot of ancient churches and monasteries, many of them are more than 500 years old, and also merchant and noble houses of the time of the Russian Empire. The street remembers Catherine the Great, Derzhavin and Pushkin, who were passing here.

A viewpoint near the restaurant 'Bagrationi' is located on top of the Volga shore with an amazing view spreading out from it. On the other riverside life is running like crazy, but when you watch it from this place, it seems to be peace and quiet. Steamboats and hopper barges pass by. Watching them, you are close to forget everything and start dreaming about making a journey along the river.

When you get tired of your thoughts, you can go down to the beach and share the mood of the people there: play volleyball, sunbathe or swim in the river.
Viewpoint in front of cafe ‘Bagrationi’. View over the Volga
Viewpoint in front of cafe 'Bagrationi'. View over the Volga

Sespel Street

Mikhail Sespel Street is one of the smallest in the city. It is located between Sverdlova and Bondareva Street, on the hill before the historical embankment. Without any doubts it is one of the most picturesque places in Cheboksary.

Vessels leaving the port, the Volga going its way, dense forests on the other side of the river, new districts of the city and green parks are spreading in front of your eyes here. The Cheboksary Bay in its full beauty looks especially attractive from this place.

Centuries-old houses of the old town chaotically face different directions. Saving former chic and grandeur they still look special among modern buildings.

You can reach Sespel Street from Konstantin Ivanov Street or by going up from Istoricheskaya Naberezhnaya.
View over the Holy Trinity Monastery, the port and the Dormition Church from Sespel Street
View over the Holy Trinity Monastery, the port and the Dormition Church from Sespel Street

Viewpoints near the Opera and Ballet Theatre and the Government House

The Opera and Ballet Theatre

Opera and ballet fans won't get bored in Cheboksary. There is a theatre of opera and ballet next to the bay, which works for more than 50 years by now and stands out with its unusual architecture.

After cultural leisure have a walk along the embankment near the theatre. Evening panorama of the city in lights, reflecting in the mirror water of the bay, promises to become a perfect ending of a nice day.

Pevcheskoe Pole, a stage where many important sport and public events take place, is seen perfectly well from this viewpoint.
Viewpoint near the Opera and Ballet Theatre. View over the Cheboksary Bay, the Government House
Viewpoint near the Opera and Ballet Theatre. View over the Cheboksary Bay, the Government House

The Government House

There is Prezidentsky Boulevard, one of the main streets in Cheboksary, in front of the Theatre Embankment. Supreme Court of Chuvashia and Federal Treasury are located here. There is one of the most beautiful viewpoints of the city near the new building of the Government House. Tall trees, new buildings, Pevcheskoe Pole and the Opera and Ballet Theatre - the view is truly impressive.
Viewpoint near the Government House. View over the Cheboksary Bay, Pevcheskoe Pole, the Opera and Ballet Theatre
Viewpoint near the Government House. View over the Cheboksary Bay, Pevcheskoe Pole, the Opera and Ballet Theatre

Viewpoint 'Swans of the Cheboksary Bay'

The viewpoint 'Swans of the Cheboksary Bay' is located not far from the Mother Patroness Monument. It was opened in 2015.

It is always crowded here. Couples, parents with children, tourists come to watch the swans. Apart from the swans there are a lot of gulls, ducks and pigeons ready to get their portion of attention. All birds are taken care of. The first couple of swans appeared on the bay in 2004. Nowadays they are sixteen here.
Viewpoint ‘Swans of the Cheboksary Bay’. View over the Opera and Ballet Theatre, Pevcheskoe Pole, the Government House
Viewpoint 'Swans of the Cheboksary Bay'. View over the Opera and Ballet Theatre, Pevcheskoe Pole, the Government House

Embankment of Novocheboksarsk

The embankment of Novocheboksarsk offers great opportunities for rest. Sport lovers can visit a sport centre, located nearby, or jog along the Volga, enjoying fresh air.

Those who are passionate about beautiful sceneries, will be impressed here. A breathtaking view of endless forests of Mari El, huge and tiny islands and famous Cheboksary Hydro Electric Station spreads out from this viewpoint.
Viewpoint near the Novocheboksarsk embankment. View over the Cheboksary Hydro Electric Station and the Volga
Viewpoint near the Novocheboksarsk embankment. View over the Cheboksary Hydro Electric Station and the Volga

Chuvashia and neighborhood

Ptichiy Polet, Kozlovsky district
(Novorodinovka village)

The village of Novorodinovka is remarkable because one of the most beautiful viewpoints of the Volga region, Ptichy Polet, is located here. It is the highest point of the republic with the height of 200 meters.

A breathtaking view over the Volga, the mouth of the Anish river, islands, flood-meadows, Kazan backwater and forests of Mari El will definitely impress you. Also a picturesque panoramic view spreads over the city of Volzhsk, which is located on the other side of the river.

Ptichiy Polet is a favorite place of many people to have rest or hold events. People come this lovely place for corporate events, graduation parties and weddings. Poets and painters search for inspiration here and then create masterpieces.

The only thing you might regret when visiting Ptichy Polet is the fact, that you have to come back. This beautiful place will stay in your heart and will remind you the feeling of incredible freedom and desire to fly. We are sure, you'll want to come back here again.
Viewpoint ‘Ptichiy Polet’ in the village of Novorodinovka. View over the Volga and Anish rivers and the city of Volzhsk
Viewpoint 'Ptichiy Polet' in the village of Novorodinovka. View over the Volga and Anish rivers and the city of Volzhsk

Gosudareva Gora, Mariinsky Posad

A picturesque mountain, located in the eastern part of Mariinsky Posad, is known since 1763. This is the very place, where the empress Catherine the Great made a stop, astonished with a breathtaking view. According to the legend, on the feast to her honor the empress dropped a golden teaspoon. Until nowadays treasure hunters and locals do not lose their hope to find the expensive thing.

Those who wish to strengthen their health are recommended to visit healing springs, located at the piedmont, and also to make a walk in the oak grove, planted to the honor of Catherine the Great.

Nowadays Gosudareva Gora riminds us about the former grandeur of the provincial town, which has saved the spirit of ancient times. It has become one of the symbols of Mariinsky Posad and play important role in its current image.
Gosudareva Gora in Mariinsky Posad. View over the Volga river and the town
Gosudareva Gora in Mariinsky Posad. View over the Volga river and the town

Ilyina Gora, Yadrin District

Before revolution Ilyina Gora used to be a typical merchant village. Ancient houses like small fortresses cuddling up to each other, centuries-old churches and only two streets - this is how the village looked like at the times of merchants Talantsevy (a monument to their honor you will find nearby). The village has not really changed a lot. Just a few signs of modern time makes us awake from the trip to tsarist Russia.

19-20 July 1774 an army of Yemeliyan Pugachev stayed here. A picturesque village attracted people of the rebellious Cossack with its hospitality and friendliness. A memorial with the dates of the camp stayed here is a special pride of the locals. Old-timers keep the legends about the ataman, his army and also about the priest, who welcomed Pugachev's people very warmly, as the story tells.

A temple of Iliya Prorok is another attraction of the village. It was founded in 1745. Since the end of the 19th century a one-class parochial school was working here. In 1936 the temple was closed down and domes were demolished. Only after 57 years it was decided to reconstruct the church. Being located on a hill, the temple is well seen from the other side of the Sura river.
Ilyina Gora in Yadrin District. View over the Sura river and Church of Elijah the Prophet
Ilyina Gora in Yadrin District. View over the Sura river and Church of Elijah the Prophet

Knyazhiy Yar, Alatyr District
(the village of Berezovaya Polyana)

Knyazhiy Yar is a place specially protected by the government. It is a part of Prisurskiy national park, located on a high shore of the Sura river near the village of Berezovaya Polyana. Plenty of water spaces attracts shoreline and mudflats birds: ducks, waders, gulls, terns. Also it is a place of rest and food for migrant geese and cranes.

According to the legend, at the times of the last Ivan the Terrible's campaign to Kazan Russian army went from the left shore of Sura to Knyazhiy Yar. It was a reasonable tactic: a short part of the river area was limited with swampy terrain and plenty of lakes from the east and a steep cliff of Knyazhiy Yar from the west. Weapons, clothes and rests of the soldiers of the second part of 16th century have been found here during archeological works.

Beautiful views are spreading out from Knyazhy Yar over the centuries-old forests and mirror water of Sura. There are very picturesque islands between the shores, which have saved its virgin beauty.
Knyazhy Yar in Alatyr district. View over Sura
Knyazhy Yar in Alatyr district. View over Sura

Alamner Mountain, republic of Mari El (Gornomariysky district)

From the Mari El language alamner means 'on duty'. There are ruins of the town Salym on top of the mountain, which was destroyed in 16th century. A rampart and shaft used to separate it from the rest of the land. The place is a treasure box for archeologists, who are finding here household items, jewelry and weapons every year.

According to the legend, during the Russo-Kazan war the leader of Mari El presented a horse to Tartar mirza, who occupied Salym. Nevertheless the last one didn't like the gift. The prince of Mati El got angry and went to Ivan the Terrible to ask for a hundred people and gunpower. After the request was met, the leader of Mari El secretly brought Russian soldiers to the fortress of Salym and blew it up.

Nowadays historical reconstructions are made quite often on Alamner. Bloody fights, one day of life of a common family of that times, trade fairs — guests get an idea of how our ancient ancestors used to live.

One of the advantages of the mountain is a breathtaking view. The width of the Volga is about 20 km here. There is a plain platform, divided into two parts by the Maly Sundyr river, at the piedmont. A massive cape crashes into the Volga, proudly rising above ravines, villages and valleys. A good view over Gornomariysky district of the republic spreads out from here.

The distance from the capital of Mari El, Yoshkar Ola, is 130 km. The way is much faster if you go from Cheboksary - it is just 50 km. Any way around, you won't regret about the time wasted on the road.
Alamner Mountain in the republic of Mari El. View over the Volga
Alamner Mountain in the republic of Mari El. View over the Volga
Chuvashia is a region of amazing beauty and thousands of secretes. The pictures can never show a real splendor, that's why you'd better visit the viewpoints by yourself and enjoy the landscapes. There is hardly something that can be compared with personal impression.
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