Pushkinskaya Street

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The majority of the city’s old buildings can be found around Pushkinskaya and Bolshaya Sadovaya Streets. It is best to get around on foot; when you need to get to the left bank of the Don, you can take a taxi or use one of the public minibus taxis. This walk begins at one of the city’s main streets, Pushkinskaya, which is not even really a street, more like a very green boulevard planted with silver firs, birch trees and lilacs. Historically, the street was known as Kuznetskaya (Blacksmith), but it was renamed in 1885 in honour of the great Russian poet who visited Rostov several times on his way to the Caucasus resorts. The monument to Alexander Pushkin appeared much later, in 1956, and in the first decade of the twenty-first century, the boulevard was also decorated with wrought iron spheres depicting stories from Pushkin’s life and scenes from his novel in verse, Eugene Onegin.

On both sides of the boulevard, you will find impressive mansions built during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Legend has it that house #79 was imported in pieces from Italy by a local entrepreneur, Ivan Suprunov. Sabina Spielrein, one of the world’s first female psychoanalysts, a student of Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud, lived at #83. The neoclassical mansion of publisher Nikolai Paramonov was designed by Leonid Eberg, a Moscow architect who, in 1911, was invited to become the ‘superintendent in charge of Rostov’s development’.