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St.Michael's cathedral

St. Michael's Cathedral is located near the center of Izhevsk, on the highest place of the city. It was built in 1907 on a sample of the St.Andrew's cathedral in Kronstadt. Workers of the Izhevsk's plant gave for its construction one kopeck from each earned ruble. The building of a cathedral it was possible to see from 20 kilometers far, and the ring of its bells was audible quite far outside the city. During the Soviet period in 1937 St. Michael's Cathedral was destroyed by Bolsheviks, and in 2003 was rebuild, and as during old time, its construction was donated by residents of Izhevsk. St. Michael's Cathedral was opened again on August 5, 2007. Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Alexy II took place in the opening ceremony.
Near the St. Michael's Cathedral it is possible to see the monument to St.Petr and Fevronia, which is popular among newlyweds, there are also a road newly married, a bell and a bench of reconciliation. The bench has a concave form, wherever you sit you will be together with partner.
The Festival of ice angels and archangels is held in the winter near St. Michael's Cathedral.

   
   

The square of gunsmiths

The central point of the square is the monument to gunsmiths, which was open in 2007 in days of celebration of the 200 anniversary of the Izhevsk weapon and the 60 anniversary of the Kalashnikov. In the center of a monument are two man's figures in caftans - a generalized image of the best gunsmiths. The best gunsmiths received imperial caftans, the cylinder, a cane and gloves. In the bottom of the monument it is possible to read names of the well-known gunsmiths - M. T. Kalashnikov, E.F. Dragunov, G. N. Nikonov, V.A. Yarygin, I.F. Beloborodov, V.P. Ionov, N. I. Palladin.
The Mikhaylovsky column in honor of Mikhail Pavlovich Romanov to whom the Izhevsk small-arms factory submitted is also placed into the square. The column is the copy of Alexander Column in St. Petersburg. Archangel Michael crowns the twenty-meter column.
The museum of Izhmash, located right there in one of the oldest building of the city, offers to get acquainted with the exposition dedicated to the history and products of the enterprise. Among the unique exhibits there is the revolver Smith Wesson, which was made in 1892 at the school of weapon skills.

 

Arsenal

 

Arsenal of the Izhevsk arms factory is located near the central square and it is a monument of architecture of 19 century. The arsenal was constructed on the project of the architect Dudin S.E. in 1827, earlier the armory was equipped here, at present there is the National museum of the Udmurt Republic. Visitors can see  exhibitions and expositions devoted to the history,  nature, culture of Udmurtia for 10 thousand years. The fund of the museum is totals more than 200 000 objects.

 

Near the museum there is the monument to Kusebaj Gerd, who was the Udmurt poet, the translator, the playwright and the public man. From 1925 to 1926 he was the director of the National museum.

 

Near the Museum the residence of the Head of the Udmurt Republic and the square at the Eternal flame are located. The monument of fighting and labor glory was established on 6th November in 1967 and  the same year the Eternal flame was lit.

Another monument is located next to the square. It is the bust of twice hero of the Soviet Union Evgeny Kungurtsev
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Izhik

 

The talisman of Izhevsk is the boy Izhik, placed on the Central square of Izhevsk. It is dressed in the caftan, similar to that awarded to the best gunsmiths of Izhevsk. On his hat flaunts a Rowan branch, the same can be seen on the arms of the city. In order to build the sculpture, was organized the collection of old keys  from the residents, 180 kg was collected.

There is a tradition to touch Izhik for luck and to throw a coin on a hat - then there will be a prosperity in a family.

On the central square it is also possible to admire the musical fountain, sitting on benches in the summer. And in winter, there is installed the main Christmas tree of the city and ice town.

On the left side from the square there is the exhibition complex of small arms named Mikhail Kalashnikov, where it is possible to get acquainted with expositions and to shoot in a dash.

 

 

 

Monument "Forever with Russia"

Passing from the Central square of Izhevsk for directions to a pond, you can find the monument "Forever with Russia", representing the two parallel standing steles, symbolizing the two peoples - Russian and Udmurt. Two women in traditional Russian and Udmurt costumes raise the banner at the top of the monument. Just below there is the bas-relief dedicated to the world and the lower tier is devoted to a constructive labor. On sides of a monument it is written in the Russian and Udmurt languages: "Glory to great brotherly friendship of the Russian and Udmurt people". The monument was opened in 1972, its height is 46 meters. 

Among residents the monument received the name of "Kulakova's ski". Kulakova is  the famous Olympic champion from Udmurtia.

The area around the monument is the venue for various music festivals and celebrations. Representatives of national-cultural associations of the Udmurt Republic meets here during celebration of Day of Unity of People and Day of the city.

From here is the beautiful view of the embankment of the Izhevsk pond.
 

 

The main building of the Izhevsk arms factory

The main building of the Izhevsk arms factory is the first multystoried industrial building in Russia. Its construction began in 1811.

At the beginning of the XIX century it became clear: Russia not to pass war with Napoleon. But the Russian army wasn't ready for it. The small arms weren't enough, soldiers were armed separately, quite often trophy or with very old guns. The country had only two arms plant in Tula and Sestroretsk (near St. Petersburg). To build a third factory planned  Emperor Paul I, but the plan failed, because the king was killed during Palace revolution. Alexander I continued father's work.  On the map of the Russia appeared the Izhevsk arms factory. For the city it was extraordinary luck. In those time the Izhevsk ironworks plant founded in 1760 by the count Shuvalov fell into decay. The mining engineer Andrey Deryabin received a task to construct new small-arms factory.

The main building of the plant is crowned by a 50-meter tower with chimes.
Opposite the main building, at the dam there is a bust of the founder of Izhevsk arms factory of A. F. Deryabin. On both sides of the pedestal there are monograms of the emperors Alexander I and Nicholas.

 

City sculpture "Pelmen"

Udmurtia is the homeland of pelmeni. In translation from the Udmurt language "pel" means an ear, "nurses" is a bread. Therefore in Izhevsk there is the monument to "bread's ear". The diameter of pelmen is 1 meter, pelmen impaled on a fork. The sculpture is installed at the restaurant "Pozim". Pelmeni is an ideal dish in  winter, they were first cooked in the territory of Udmurtia and then appeared in other regions.
In February, 2015 in Izhevsk the World festival of pelmeni was for the first time held. The festival included master classes on cooking pelmeni and their analogs, tasting of dishes, a big celebration on the Central square of the city, festivities, games, lottery and many other things.
The festival promises to be annual, in the fall of 2015 it won 1 place in a regional stage of the National award "Russian Event Awards" in the nomination "The Best Event in the field of Gastronomic Tourism".

 

Crocodile, goat and others

In Izhevsk is possible to find unusual monuments and sculptures that have appeared here not incidentally. For example, a two-meter crocodile that is located next to the gymnasium № 24. Why, actually, the crocodile? Any resident of Izhevsk can tell about it. Izhevsk gunsmiths, who recived a green caftan,  used to be called  like "crocodiles". On a sculpture there is one more attribute of gunsmiths - it is cylinder.

The sculpture of goat is established in park, where 100 years ago the Izhevsk workers had a rest.  Made of bearings and covers gas tank, she greets visitors in front of the entrance to Birch grove (Goat Park), where Udmurt fest "Gerber" is celebrated traditionally in June.

Izhevsk elk stands at the entrance to the city of Izhevsk, these animals feel free  in the local woods and often wander into the city.  Newlyweds regularly come to the elk. There is the tradition - groom throws a bouquet of flowers on the horns of an elk. It means that the wife won't have lovers.

The monument of dog-astronaut Zvezdochka there is on the Molodyozhnaya street. It was the last dog in space. On March 5, 1961 the spacecraft with a dog landed in Votkinsk, 80 km far from Izhevsk.

A symbol of the Izhevsk zoo is a wolf, made of bronze.

 

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