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 quitefar
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
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 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.
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
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
of Izhevsk is the boy
Izhik, placed on the Central
square of Izhevsk.
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
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.
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
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.
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 worldand 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
here is the beautiful view of the
embankment of the Izhevsk pond.
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
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
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.
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
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
goat and others
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
On a sculpture there is one more attribute of gunsmiths
- it is cylinder.
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 flowerson the
horns of an elk. It means that the wife won't
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
A symbol of
the Izhevsk zoo is a wolf, made of bronze.