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 | Chkalov StaircaseThe Chkalov Staircase sleads down from Minin and Pozharsky Square to the riverThe Chkalov Staircase sleads down from Minin and Pozharsky Square to the river
The Chkalov Staircase sleads down from Minin and Pozharsky Square to the river. A monument to Valery Chkalov stands at the very top. He was a native of Nizhny Novgorod, who completed the first non-stop flight from Moscow to Vancouver. The staircase's 400 steps regularly host charity runs and amateur theatre productions. The stage near the water is used for concerts and the big plasma screens broadcast football matches.