Just a quarter of a century ago Nizhny Novgorod could not be found on any tourist itinerary maps: between 1959 and 1990 Nizhny was called Gorky and it was Soviet Union’s largest closed city. Named in honour of its most famous resident, early 20th-century Russian writer Maxim Gorky, the city was a symbol of Soviet Union’s military prowess. At the same time Nizhny Novgorod is an old Russian merchant town with timber planking and carved window frames that survived the onslaught of modern architecture.
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Nizhny Novgorod 2018 | Rukavishnikovs EstateThe starting point for tours of the city is the Rukavishnikovs Estate at Verkhne-Volzhskaya Naberezhnaya (Verkhne-Volzhskaya Embankment)The starting point for tours of the city is the Rukavishnikovs Estate at Verkhne-Volzhskaya Naberezhnaya (Verkhne-Volzhskaya Embankment)
Museums and gallerie
Tue – Thu 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fri – Sun (and holidays) 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. (closed evever last Thursday of the month)
The starting point for tours of the city is the Rukavishnikovs Estate at Verkhne-Volzhskaya Naberezhnaya (Verkhne-Volzhskaya Embankment). This city mansion, styled after an Italian palazzo, was built at the end of the nineteenth century by the owner of city's first steel plant, the important moneylender Mikhail Rukavishnikov. At that time, the house was the richest and most notable building in all of Nizhny Novgorod. Today it houses a local history museum with a permanent exhibit, while its ornate halls are used for grand ceremonies, including those at state level. In 2011, Nizhny Novgorod hosted the Russia-EU Summit and the Rukavishnikovs Estate was used for meetings of the world leaders attending the conference.
The embankment, also known as Volzhsky Otkos (Volga Slope), presents an excellent view of the Volga River. Just as it was several centuries ago, the slope remains a favourite spot for locals to take a walk. There are many landmarks here, as the richest townspeople of previous generations built their homes here.