Admiralty square is rather a part of the embankment, it is a circular pedestrian space slightly reminding of a wharf. A long time ago, there were shipyards here, and Tsar Peter I had a fleet built at the end of the 17th century in order to go to war with the Ottoman Empire. Had that campaign been a success, then St. Petersburg would have been built at the estuary of the Don. That military campaign was, however, a disaster. Also having “a window into Europe” on the Baltic is somehow more logical. Today, only the Dormition Admiralty church (1694-1702) remains a witness of historical events: built using the typical architectural forms of the period it was meant for consecrating the ships—and its form somewhat reminds us of a ship.
It was Voronezh and neither Arkhangelsk nor St. Petersburg that became the cradle of shipbuilding in Russia. At the dawn of Russian navy’s glory Peter I ordered the first ships to be built here. The model of Merkurius is a reflection of power and glory immortalizing the history of Russian ship-building. The ship with its 26 heavy cannons took part in the Kerch Campaign in 1699, led by Peter the Great. All ships came back from that engagement, except Merkurius which ran aground due to a strong wind. Subsequently, the ship was rebuilt and put back into service. This monument is a reminder of the famous Merkurius. The ship model was installed on a concrete support in the middle of the Voronezh reservoir. The best view of the monument and of the city is from the legendary Moskva-16 motor ship that leaves from the Admiralty embankment.
The Annunciation cathedral is the third largest Russian Orthodox church in Russia as well as one of the tallest Russian Orthodox churches in the world. Its height reaches 97 meters. The main relics in the cathedral are those of St. Mitrophan of Voronezh, St. Tikhon of Zadonsk and priestly martyr Pyotr, archbishop of Voronezh. Excursions for pilgrims are organized here, with hot dinners provided. AZIMUT Hotel Voronezh is located three stops away from the cathedral.
A large two-storey house, the Venevitinov manor, stands not far from Voronezh, in the village Novozhivotinnoye sprawled on the shores of the Don. This is the only manor of the nobility that is still standing in the region. It is listed as a monument of federal importance. The house was built in the style of Russian Classicism towards the end of the 18th century. The Venevitinovs can be called the best representatives of the enlightened and cultured aristocracy who served faithfully and loyally for the benefit of their Fatherland. The history of the family was closely connected to the Russian ship-building, but most of the glory to their name came from Dmitri Venevitinov, a poet, writer and philosopher: he was one of the founders of Russian idealistic philosophy.
The Aleksei Koltsov State Academic Drama Theater in Voronezh is one of the oldest in Russia: it was founded over 200 years ago. The basis of its repertory is Russian classics: plays by N. Gogol, A. Ostrovsky, A. Chekhov, M. Bulgakov, and A. Tolstoi. The theater is within five minutes’ walk from AZIMUT Hotel Voronezh—one can reach it crossing Koltsovski garden.
The monument to Vladimir Vysotsky was erected on the Karl Marx street, close to the Institute of Physical Culture. There was no biographical connection between our city and this bard: he never came to our city, be it to play a concert or on tour with his theater. But the monument to this poet, actor and singer is always adorned with flowers, which shows how much locals adore Vysotsky. By the way, in the 1970s our ice hockey players confessed that it was for them an important ritual to go and “visit” with the monument: that would bring them luck! One would like to believe that this monument brings good luck simply by its presence in Voronezh!
There exists an unusual sculpture on Plekhanovskaya street in Voronezh: it shows a girl sitting on a chair. One could definitely call that girl a Beautiful Unknown: she has a model figure, a long neck, finely wrought features, prideful bearing, and her stylish dress leaves one of her shoulders naked. One is drawn to the idea that he could make a selfie by sitting down on the second, unoccupied chair. The sculpture is on the same side of the street as AZIMUT Hotel Voronezh when walking towards the Northern Rayon.
The Voronezh oceanarium is third in Russia and the first in the Central Federal District. There are 180 species of fish represented here plus 55 species of mammals, reptilians, invertebrates, animals and birds. All in all 3760 species. Some of these “dwellers” are not to be seen in any oceanarium in Russia or in the NIS countries. Visitors can undertake unforgettable trips to various climactic zones of our planet. The oceanarium has four expositions: Forests and Steppes, Polar Waters, Jungle, Seas and Oceans. This truly breathtaking trip is p[possible for you in the Oceanarium of Voronezh. It can be easily reached by regular public transportation. Line 64 has a stop across the street from AZIMUT Hotel Voronezh.
Divnogorie is a treasured beauty of the Voronezh Oblast. Plains where scenic rivers Tikhaya Sosna and Don flow are neighboring with white-colored hills and slopes. The name of the area came from ‘divo’, or ‘wonder’—this is how locals have been calling the white-colored pillar-shaped buttes that abound here. Also this place became famous after several churches were carved out in the limestone: for example, the church of the Sicilian Icon of the Theotokos and the church of John The Precursor. Divnogorie is located in the Liskinski Rayon of the Voronezh Oblast, 150 km to the south of the city.
The Kostyonki (Bones) museum has a dwelling on exhibit that some human built almost 20 thousand years ago, during the Stone Age, using the bones of mammoth. This is not a reconstruction, but rather a real archeological find that was preserved at the site and in practically the same condition as it was discovered. Besides, one can see in the museum unique finds related to ancient humans: artifacts for hunting, everyday life and art. Kostyonki are 40 km south of Voronezh, on the shore of the Don. Address: Solnechnaya street, Kostyonki village, Khokholski Rayon.