- City districts
- Kirovsky district
- Soviet District
- Leninsky district
- Trusovsky district
Astrakhan is one of the oldest cities in the Caspian and Lower Volga regions. It is one of the historical cities of our country.
The city is located in a zone of deserted steppes. It is located on eleven islands in the Volga delta. The local climate can be described as sharply continental. The average number of sunny days per year is just over two hundred. The amount of precipitation is usually low: the city is quite arid. There are often easterly winds, as well as northeasterly and southeasterly. If you find yourself in the city in the summer months or in the second half of spring, you will feel the breath of the Astrakhan dry winds.
The history of the city is interesting. It was built around the 13th century (historians have not been able to establish the exact date). The city was part of the Golden Horde, later became the capital of the Astrakhan Khanate. Its history is full of striking events. Nowadays, many historical sights can be seen on the territory of the city.
But in order to see all these historical monuments, wander the streets of one of the oldest cities of the Caspian region, visit all its tourist places, you must first find the answer to this question: where is it better to stay in Astrakhan ?.
The city is officially divided into four districts:
The first of the named districts is located in the north-east of the city. It is located in the bend of the river. The second of the listed districts, Kirovsky, is actually the center of the city, there are many organizations - public, political, cultural, educational, religious … Also industrial enterprises and the building of the city administration are located here. This area is bordered by Sovetsky. It is located on the left bank of the river. Trusovsky district is located on its right bank.
The area of the district is approximately seventeen and a half square kilometers. As you can see, the area is small. It is the smallest of the four urban areas, but this is where the development of the city began. The area was officially established in the mid-30s of the XX century.
On a small territory, many interesting sights and tourist places are concentrated here, including, for example, Swan Lake. In fact, it is a pond formed in the place where the Volga riverbed became shallow. The main decoration of the pond is, of course, its inhabitants, proud snow-white swans. On an island in the center of the reservoir there is an elegant and elegant gazebo, which is also white. But you can only admire it from afar: only newlyweds are allowed access to it; on their wedding day, they go there by boat.
Another interesting place in the area is the Winter Garden. It was founded about a hundred years ago. Here you can see not only unusual plants, but also exotic birds. However, relatively recently the garden was closed for reconstruction. But it is quite possible that by the time of your visit to the city it will open, then you can see a lot of interesting things.
The main attraction of the region (and the entire city) is the famous Astrakhan Kremlin. It was built in the second half of the 16th century. The length of its walls is about one and a half thousand meters, the height is from three to eight meters, and the thickness is from five to twelve meters. There are many interesting architectural objects (historical monuments) on the territory of the Kremlin. Among them are the Assumption Cathedral, the Crimean and Zhitnaya towers, the Water Gate, the Cyril Chapel … The list of architectural objects can be continued for a long time. Some of them were built in the 16th and 17th centuries, others in later centuries.
As you can see, there is no shortage of attractions and tourist spots in this area of the city. For this reason, many tourists prefer to stay here.
According to travelers' reviews, the area is quite an unusual and colorful place. Here, there are high minarets and the gold of church domes - the traditions and beliefs of different peoples have intertwined, forming a single whole … The original atmosphere reigning here is difficult to describe in words, you just need to feel it.
As mentioned above, there are many industrial enterprises and commercial organizations on the territory of the region. Almost half of all enterprises in the city are located here. The port is also located here.
Where to stay: "Hotel Pobeda" mini-hotel, "Bonotel" hotel, "Victoria Palace" hotel, "7 sky" hotel, "Orion" hotel, "Al Pash Astrakhanskaya" hotel, "ART hotel" hotel.
Hotel "Caucasian Captive"
The area of the district is approximately one hundred square kilometers. Its history began in the mid 70s of the XX century. There are many urban enterprises in the district. Among them are the rescue and fire service and a distillery.
The main local attraction is the Cathedral of St. Prince Vladimir. The building is one of the symbols of the city. The construction of the cathedral began in the mid-90s of the 19th century, and was completed at the beginning of the 20th century. The building was built in the Russian-Byzantine style. The history of the cathedral is interesting. The decision to build it was made in the late 1880s. The building was erected in honor of the nine hundredth anniversary of the baptism of Rus. It was built in that part of the city where eleven thousand people, professing Orthodoxy, lived at that time. Construction was carried out on the border with the Tatar settlement. This place was previously a large wasteland.
Due to a number of problems (cholera, crop failure, lack of finance), construction began later than planned. It lasted for about seven years. During the period of revolutionary events, the building was destroyed (but not catastrophic). In the 30s, the temple was closed. The building became a warehouse. Later there was a bus station here. Divine services in the temple were resumed at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries.
This is a brief history of the area's main attraction. Relatively not far from it there are several tourist sites - two parks, a public garden and the Cyclists' Garden. Not only guests of the city, but also locals love to visit these places. It is pleasant to spend hot summer days there.
Where to stay: hotel "Caucasian captive", guest house "B&B Hotel", hotel "Rossvik Hotel", hostel "Baden-Baden".
Grand Hotel Astrakhan
The region was formed in the mid 40s of the XX century. Its area is about two hundred square kilometers. The length of highways here is about ninety kilometers. The area of the territory allocated for green spaces is just over three hundred thousand square meters. There are five parks and eight squares in the area.
One of the local attractions is the opera house, which was built relatively recently. Also on the territory of the district is the largest shopping center in the city. And, which is of particular interest to tourists, the first five-star hotel in the region, the Grand Hotel Astrakhan, was built here.
Where to stay: hotel "Grand Hotel Astrakhan", hotel "Park Inn Astrakhan", hotel "Verona".
This is an area steeped in history. If you decide to visit here, you will probably be interested to learn about the historical events that preceded the emergence of settlements in this area, and what happened after the founding of these settlements.
We can say that the history of the region began a little over two centuries ago. Settlements on the territory of the present Trusovsky district existed in the 18th century. In the mid-80s of the named century, Catherine II ordered the founding of a Cossack village on this place (on the right bank of the river, three miles from Astrakhan). Several Cossack families became its first inhabitants.
Initially, the village was very small - only twenty-eight Cossacks lived here (not counting their household members). At that time, the raids of nomads on the Volga shores were quite frequent, the Cossacks of the village had to resist them. Also, the duties of the male population of the village included the protection of ships, trade caravans and the protection of the postal service.
Around the middle of the 60s of the XIX century, the state of the Volga banks deteriorated greatly, and therefore the dwellings of the Cossacks were moved a hundred meters further from the coast. By the end of the named century, the village merged into a single settlement with several nearby villages. In those years, this place was simply called the Outpost. Its population was seven thousand seven hundred inhabitants.
In the 10s of the XX century, water supply and electricity appeared here. Soon after the revolutionary events, the settlement was officially annexed to Astrakhan. The city district received its modern name at the end of the 20s of the XX century. In the late 1930s, several nearby villages were annexed to the territory of the district. After that, the district continued to grow: in the 60s of the XX century, seven more settlements were added to it, and in the 80s - another settlement.
The area's attractions currently include three Orthodox churches (Fedorovsky, Preobrazhensky and Nikolsky) and a mosque.
Despite the rich history and the presence of interesting sights, the choice of hotels in the region is small. But if you liked the Trusovsky district, then, perhaps, you should think about hotels and guest houses located nearby.
Where to stay: Sakura hotel, Five Stars hostel, Surprise on M. Gorky hotel.