Saransk is a town of myths and legends, with a chequered past and big plans for the future. Remembering his trip to Saransk, Leo Tolstoy wrote in 1906: “Old pines with long trunks and short crowns. The soil is black, and a little stony… Backwoods. The Sura River, and the best sturgeon ever.” By 2018, when the FIFA World Cup arrives here, the myths of Saransk will have been transformed into architecture.
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Saransk 2018 | Mordovian Drama TheatreRight across from the museum is the Mordovian Drama TheatreRight across from the museum is the Mordovian Drama Theatre
Mordovian Drama Theatre
Tue-Sun 11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Right across from the museum is the Mordovian Drama Theatre. The story of the republic's national theatre tradition began in the 1930s with a performance of Alexander Ostrovsky’s 19th-century play “The Storm” in the Erzia language. This particular theatre building was constructed in 2007 on a spot previously occupied by a two-storey pre-revolutionary building, home to Saransk’s first movie theatre.