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    Museum of Military Glory

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Oct 26, 2014

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    I was the only visitor to the Museum in the afternoon of Friday. I was most interested in the exhibition devoted to the heroic battle with the British and the French in August of 1854. This episode of the Russian-Turkish war (and, in fact, World War in the XIX century) is incredibly interesting from its military (and heroic) side, and the by the consequences were determined, largely for the map of the world and the borders of Russia, and the sphere of influence of Britain and Russia in the Far East. I satisfied my interest completely, but only there was not any one whom to ask questions in the absence of any curator. What really happened with the England team and with the famous French squadron Pryce?
    I also watched the exposition about WWII at the second floor. Although the Japanese trophies too impressive. So, I recommend visiting this museum with a wonderful historical exposition.

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    Modern architecture of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Oct 26, 2014

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    Much of the city was built in the Soviet Khrushchev and Brezhnev era, and therefore Petropavlovsk is very much similar to any Russian city with faceless three-four and five-story buildings. Recently, however, it is appeared there a very unusual feature in this architecture. Old houses are lined with bright tiles and strengthen the "bulls" which have to help in earthquakes. Will these "bulls" help houses to survive or not - it's hard to say ... But for the unaccustomed to such urban landscape continental Russians, it looks rather unusual.

    A lot of new buildings have been also built. One of them – the Business Center - skyscraper lined yellow glass, can be seen in the historical center next to St. Nicholas Sopka and close to the port.

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    Kamchatsky St. Panteleimon Monastery

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Oct 26, 2014

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    St. Panteleimon Male Monastery is most eastern Russian monastery.
    It is located on the shore of the Avachinskaya Bay, offering spectacular views of the bay, Kultuchnoe Lake, Nikolskaya and Mishennaya Mountains.
    At this place, as if nature itself intended for the temple, before the revolution in 1917 there was a chapel in honor of the martyrs of the Faith, Hope and Love.
    While the structure of the temple is quite modest, most recently rebuilt in 2005, and the blessing of the Holy Synod of the opening of the monastery received in 2007. A wooden cross marks the spot of the future of the majestic temple, which I'm sure will soon be build there, claiming Russian Orthodox spirit in Kamchatka, where actually Russia begins.

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    Full Gospel Evangelical Church

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Oct 25, 2014

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    Perhaps I would have never visited this church in Petropavlovsk, if not for its advantageous location on the hill on the road from Yelizovo to the city center. Big blue dome in the snow caught my attention, I initially thought it was - a mosque, but when I saw a small cross on the top, I realized that this was a Christian (but not Orthodox) church.
    I asked the locals about it, but they did not know anything about this temple, as it was built recently. After exploring it from outside and inside it became clear that it was a Protestant church. After talking with the pastor, I found out that I was right. He graciously spoke about his local protestant community. Inside there were still going construction work in the great hall, but the church worked. There were rows of chairs for the congregation and the hall was equipped with musical instruments - in Protestant churches music plays and parishioners sing their evangelical hymns.

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    House of the governor of Kamchatka

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Oct 19, 2014

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    On the central - Lenin street – you will see some preserved and restored wooden houses built in 1909-1912, including the former home of the governor of Kamchatka, the provincial office building, the building office of the Vice-Governor (houses 22, 24, 20).
    You can imagine how Petropavlovsk looked like a hundred years ago.

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    Local History Museum

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Oct 19, 2014

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    Yes, I agree, the museum of Local History is in Soviet style! Yes, it is obvious that the most of exhibits were collected in those days, and not much has changed since then. But, if there's only the smallest tourist interest in Kamchatka, a visit to this museum should be included in the program of any person, who came to this wonderful land for the first time.
    I was primarily interested in the historical exposition times of finding Russian Kamchatka, and especially the Russian-Turkish war 1854-56. Indeed, relatively little known in our battle with the British and the French in August 1854 and the consequences commensurate with the defense of Sevastopol. What happened to the commander of the Anglo-French squadron Pryce? Why did the British and French troops repeated assault? These questions I wanted to ask the tour guide, but failed. Price's version of suicide, as well as an incredibly successful version of his injured by Russian kernel seem to me unconvincing.
    However, I saw a copy of the captured from the British flag (the original is in St. Petersburg), and the British saber. Interesting exhibits dedicated to the Bering and Chirikov expeditions. You will see an ethnographic exhibition on the second floor.

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    Church of St. Alexander Nevsky

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Oct 18, 2014

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    The Church of St. Alexander Nevsky is located in the city center on the very spot where once there was a wooden church of Alexander Nevsky - the Holy Martyrs Faith, Hope and Charity. That first church was built in 1857 in memory of defense against the Anglo-French squadron in 1854. Unfortunately, it was destroyed in 1937.
    The new wooden church was built in 2007.

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    Monument to St. Nicholas

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Oct 18, 2014

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    The Sculpture of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker is installed near St. Nicholas Sopka and close to the dramatic theater of the city. You will see it just at the Chapel, which is a part of the monument devoted to the heroic battle in Petropavlovsk in August 1854.
    The author of the sculpture was Sergei Isakov. The monument was erected in December 2008. It has height of three and a half meters and weighing more than a ton. The face of Nicholas turned to the east, in the Orthodox tradition. In the hands of the saint depicted a sword with a tip up and the temple, as a symbol of the power of faith and the struggle of the church for the souls of people.

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    Monument to Cossacs

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Oct 18, 2014

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    You can see a memorial – 10-tones stone and the Orthodox cross - the base of a monument to the Cossacks – the pioneers and the founders of the settlement Seroglazka who appeared on this deserted beach on August 28, 1853.
    61 Cossack families arrived in Kamchatka in that day at the invitation of Admiral Vasily Zavoiko. The Monument was established in 2008 by local residents.

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    Seroglazka – grey-eyed girl

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Oct 18, 2014

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    Seroglazka means a girl with the grey eyes.
    There is a beautiful legend about the origin of the name of Seroglazka. Allegedly in 1854 among the participants in the defense of Petropavlovsk was gray-eyed nurse from suburban Cossack village, which for the great zeal and diligence to care for wounded gained a great love and respect for soldiers and sailors. They called her - Seroglazka. Locals began to call “Seroglazka” the bay and the settlement itself in honor of her.

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    Seroglazka Bay

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Oct 18, 2014

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    Seroglazka Bay is a small part Avachinskaya bay at the foot of the Mishennaya Sopka. From its coast it offers spectacular views over the Avachinskaya bay and Vilyuchinsky volcano on the opposite coast.
    Now Seroglazka district is almost the center of Petropavlovsk. It stretches from the shores of the Avachinskaya bay on the slopes of the Mishennaya Sopka. The most famous fishing company in Kamchatka, bearing still the name of Lenin, is located in this bay. There is also a pier Akros. You can go directly to the water and put your hands down into the waters of the Pacific Ocean, penetrated the Avachinskaya bay and part of it - the bay of Seroglazka.

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    Monument to Charles Clerke

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Oct 18, 2014

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    Charles Clerke (Clark) – the English sailor, who participated in several expeditions and travelled around the world with James Cook in 1768, 1772 and 1776, respectively.
    During the last trip Charles Clerke was the captain of «Discovery», and when Cook was killed, took command of the entire expedition.
    Charles Clerke died in August 22, 1779 of tuberculosis in the Bering Sea off Kamchatka.
    The last will of Charles Clerke was to be buried on the Kamchatka Peninsula in the village Paratunka, which he visited in April 1779.
    In 1804, Russian ships "Nadezhda" and "Neva", made its first trip around the world under the command of Krusenstern. The Russian sailors put the wooden monument on the grave of Charles Clerke.
    In 1818, by order of the Chief of Kamchatka P. Ricord the ashes of Charles Clerke was moved with military honors in the center of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.
    In 1914, at the request of the British Admiralty, a marble monument was delivered in the centre of the city. It repeated the inscription of the first burial. "In memory of Captain Charles Clerke of the Royal Navy, who died on August 22, 1779 at age 38 and whose body lies under the stone." This is the inscription on the facade.
    On the northern side of the obelisk there is the inscription: "This officer made several trips to the opening of new lands under the command of Captain Cook, the world-famous explorer, and brought his ashes after the captain was killed by savages. He died at sea after a valiant but unsuccessful attempt to break through the ice, lying in front of the Bering Strait. He was a man of dignity and selfless courage, true to his head and unconditionally devoted to duty. "
    The inscription on the south side of the obelisk: "This monument was installed in 1913, by officers, members of the parliamentary committee of the Admiralty of Great Britain, Ireland and the other as a sign of appreciation of the bold and honest services of the brave British officer."

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    Monument to Jean-François Lapérouse

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Oct 18, 2014

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    Along with Vitus Bering, another great explorer - Jean-Francois Lapérouse visited Petropavlovsk. It happened on his way to Japan in 1787 during his expedition around the globe. He stayed in the harbor of Petropavlovsk with his two frigates "Bussol" and "Astrolabe".
    The residents of the city with great enthusiasm greeted the ships of the world famous traveler and provided all possible assistance to the team, and Jean-François Lapérouse was so touched by their attention and participation that he wrote an enthusiastic letter to his French ambassador in St. Petersburg. This letter is still kept in the archive of the Institute of History in St. Petersburg. It so happened that this particular expedition of Jean-François Lapérouse was his last one.
    In 1843, the monument was erected in Petropavlovsk with iron column labeled "La Perouse".
    During the defense of Petropavlovsk, the monument was destroyed. In 1892 it was restored at the same place. In the 30-ies of XX century, the monument was moved to another place, not far from the monument to Vitus Bering, where it is located now. It is a block of gray granite, entwined with anchor chain with the inscription "To the memory of La Perouse, in 1787."

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    Monument to Vitus Bering

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Oct 18, 2014

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    Petropavlovsk has several monuments dedicated to the great explorer who ever visited this city. In this series, of course, the first is the monument to Vitus Bering, which is the oldest monument erected in Kamchatka. Vitus Bering is the founder of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.
    The monument was made in St. Petersburg on the donations of naval officers and was first mentioned in 1827. It is on the pedestal and has the two-meter metal column. Also, the monument is decorated with lotus flowers.
    The Monument is located in the small green park with stairs leading to it. Once installed, the monument several times changed its location. Now it is located on the street of Lenin since 1945.

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    Kultuchnoye Lake

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Oct 18, 2014

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    Petropavlovsk has a very complicated and beautiful terrain. The shores of Avachinskaya bay and hills make the city unique in the diversity of its regions. And yet, there is the beautiful lake in the heart of the city!
    The Kultuchnoe lake has the length 815 m, the width - 283 m, and the depth of the lake reaches 6-7 m. The shore fringed promenade and walkways. Monument to the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul is installed on the bridge with Avachinskaya bay.
    Particularly picturesque it looks with hills and Nicholas Avachinskaya bay on the background.
    Unfortunately, I saw it in winter in ice, but I can imagine how beautiful it is in summer!

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