Lower Volga Embankment

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Next, follow the Alexandrovsky Garden trails down to the river, to the Nizhne-Volzhskaya Naberezhnaya (Lower Volga Embankment), where you will find a sculpture of a giant deer, the symbol of the city. The Tale of the Furious Deer, written by Nizhny Novgorod writer Sergey Afonshin, reads, "During the march of Ivan the Terrible against the opposing Kazan, the wild beasts – elk and deer – helped the soldiers to feed themselves. The soldiers all gained much strength from this meat and became twice as brave, and so it did not take them long to take Kazan." As legend has it, Ivan the Terrible was taught to hunt deer by a local youth, Kholoday-Goloday. After sacking Kazan in 1552, Tsar Ivan ordered a deer to be painted on the city's coat of arms, and to this day the deer is a symbol of Nizhny Novgorod.