Krasnodar is renewing itself since stability has come to the new (post Sowjet) era. Slwoly the central parts of this town of a million inhabitants is rising from the ashes and this means many magnificent new buildings of which the new Russian Orthodox church at the South end of Krasnaja Ulitsa is definetaly the finest example. It's shining gold domes are visible from a far on this main street of the town and in front of it you feel tiny like an ant. Estimated finishing date is halfway 2006, so this picture (taken summer 2005) has still quite some construction works visible.
Besides the brand new and spectacularly beautiful church at the South end of Krasnaja Ulitsa, Krasnodar holds several other churches and chapels. How could communisme be so blind to destroy various beautiful Orthodox churches? These magnificent historical buildings are truely on of the most colourful abnd graceful sights in any town. Krasnodar is no exception and holds a few perfect examples of Orthodox chapels and churches. The city holds three main (larger) public churches and few minor chapels. Few of the last named are outside the town in the green fields that stretch to the horizon.
In front of the main kays of Krasnodar a long island stretches out in the middle of the river. At the end it's connected to the cityside and a brand new bridge is recently built to make it possible to visit the island straight from the city centre. On the island there used to be a commemorating park with many old army-vehicles, but now-a-days these old weaponery is shaded with a 101 fun park attribute. A giant wheel, various carroussels, shooting galleries, bars, cafe's and live music, make it a hotspot for nightlife (see nightlife tips). This centre of entertainment of Kuban is a definate must visit on a hot summer day or - for adults - on a warm summer's evening.
Krasnodar is, especially for Russian standards, a very green town. It has numerous large parks and great open spaces between the suburbs. However, these last are swiftly being filled with the enormous houses of the "new Russians" (upcoming middle class and richer people). Krasnaja Ulitsa, Krasnodar's main boulevard, is actually a long green allee with many trees that bring pleasant shade. In the weekends, this road is closed for traffic and a pleasure to walk on. Furthermore the university has a very large arboretum-park and the town holds various other parks of which few situated along the banks of the river Kuban.
At the beginning (or one could also say the end) of Krasnaja Ulitsa, a true icon of Sowyet times still stands strong. Avrora is a huge statue of a military woman (heavily armed) holding up a star (guess what colour it is imagined to be - haha). The statue is one of the best icon's in town and unique for Krasnodar. A symbol of the town and therefor a must visit for the people that come to Krasnodar.
Russia and Russians are very font of monuments. Especially war monuments are widely spread and every village has at least one. Every village anyway also lost a few dozain men in the second world war, when the technological superior Nazi-army only could be stopped by sending in enough men as "canon food"! Stalin's strategy eventually cost more then 30 million lives. The hero's are commemorated in larger and smaller monuments, that can be seen in many places in Krasnodar. Here in the South the Russian army was successful in holding the German advance towards the important harbour Novorossisk along the "blue line". The main monument commemorates general Zjoekov and his men along Krasnaja Ulitsa across the provincial house. On top of the arch Saint George slaughters the dragon.
It?s situated under the open sky on the Starii Arbat Street in Krasnodar. Here you can find all sorts of art: from masterpieces of well-known Krasnodar painters to self-made souvenirs. Here you can find souvenirs made of juniper, leather, stones, shells and etc. You can also buy these masterpieces. The prices differ depending on difficulty and size.
here fishes of the Black Sea and the whole world are brought together. It is possible to see dangerous and not dangerous piranhas, feeding of sharks and moray eels.
It's a new fountain in town.Every day it works like tupical fountain and in holidays you can see Light-musical fountain show.
Legislative Assembly on Krasnaya street. Earlier before this building the monument of Lenin stood. A beautiful fountain now here because a monument of Ekaterina is
opposite in park .
The Safari Park was dedicated in "Solar Island " located in Jubilee Park (“Park Sorokaletiya Revoliutsyi” in Russian).
Now in Krasnodar has a small zoo.