Since 1900–1910 Sochi became a sea resort. The first resort with the name "Kavkazskaya Riviera (Rivera on Caucasus)" opened in 1909. The Riviera Park was established by Vasily Khludov (later became known as Khludovskaya) in 1883. It is among the most beautiful parks at the Black Sea.
You can watch my 2 min 26 sec Video Sochi Park Riviera out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.
Sochi is a city situated on the Black Sea coast near the border between Abkhazia and Russia.
Greater Sochi sprawls for 145 kilometers along the shores of the Black Sea near the Caucasus Mountains.
Sochi is the Russia's largest resort city.
Sochi will host the XXII Olympic Winter Games in 2014 and it is also one of the host cities for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
You can watch my 2 min 59 sec Video Sochi part 1 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.
The Sochi Arboretum (Dendrarium) is a unique collection of subtropical flora and fauna.
Admission to the park "Arboretum": For adults - 230 rub ($7).
The cost of a ticket to visit the park, "Arboretum" and a tour by the cable car: For adults - 430 rub ($14).
Opening hours of the park vary depending on the season.
The park is open every day.
You can watch my 4 min 48 sec Video Sochi Dendrarium out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.
Summer residence of Hludov of the founder of park "Riviera". The summer residence is constructed in modernist style with elements Old Russian теремного architecture, under the project of Moscow architect L.N.Kekusheva. The building has the interesting architectural decision and is a town-planning and architecture monument.
The lighthouse lantern has been made in France last century, the bronze tablet testifies to it on a lantern construction:
in Sochi on August, 12th, 1990 celebrated centenary of a lighthouse, and tried to find in Paris this firm, but even it was not possible to find out traces.
The building of station is constructed under the project of the academician of architecture of Alexey Nikolaevicha Dushkina. railway station Sochi was open in September, 1952. In 1975 the Sochi railway station has been brought in number of monuments of architecture of local value and in the Red book of UNESCO. The building railway station has been recognized the most beautiful in Europe.
Famous comedy "the Diamond hand". Russian people know all monologues from this film and love it. The film was made in Baku and Sochi. Now for pleasure of tourists it is possible to make photos with favourite heroes of this comedy.
The most popular resort park of Sochi — "Riviera" — is based by the known businessman, the honourable citizen of Moscow V.A.Hludovym (1841-1913) in 1898. Before revolution this part of a city (right-bank the river of Sochi) and was called — as Hludovsky. The area of park of 14,2 hectares. In park there are numerous attractions, sports small town, library, a cinema, a reconciliation bench, Open-air theater where variety actors act. The main sight of park — a friendship Glade on which the magnolias planted by known politicians, cosmonauts grow. 45 Russian cosmonauts and the American astronauts were planted here by the trees. Among them G.Titov, V.Tereshkova, A.Leonov, V.Sevastyanov, Thomas Stafford, Donald Slejton. It is put on April, 27th 1960 (the first tree Otto Grotevol has planted).
1874-1891.Michael Arhangela's cathedral – the first orthodox temple in territory of the Black Sea district.It is built in memory of the termination of the Caucasian war (1864г.). It is named in honor Its Imperial Highness of Grand duke Michael Nikolaevicha Romanov, the Deputy of caucasus. With his direct instructions after visiting of the Black Sea district in May 1871г. cathedral begun to build
If you are not familiar with European deciduous woodland then read on. If you know what to expect then check my tourist trap entry!
About 35 traffic-free minutes from Sochi port there is a Biosphere reserve. Our tour party from the ship consisted of mostly Americans and Mexicans who appreciated the oaks, the old yew, the mosses, lichens, hazels, beeches and so on.
It's a woodland walk ---but on concrete paths. You are not allowed to leave the path!
The guides: 'How old is this oak?' Guide 1 = about 600 years. Later, guide 2 = about 200 years!
You will possibly see a butterfly or hear some birds ---but the wildlife avoids the din caused by the tourists.
There is a museum (a few stuffed animals) and a small stall selling tat.
Would I go again? NO WAY!
Journalist Sergey Hudekovym promised to his wife a summer residence close to sea. he has bought a site of the ground about the Black sea and has constructed a summer residence and about the finest park with trees and bushes from all continents. Her name was Nadezda and residence has this name too.
The Sochi Tree nursery "Dendraruim" was based in 1892 by the Russian journalist Sergey Hudekovym and at that time was private park. Now, the area more than 49 hectares, it has contained in about 1600 forms and kinds of plants from all world. many people visit this park every days.
At the end of before last century there were local breeds and delivered of nurseries of the Black Sea coast, Caucasus and Crimea, later plants from the countries of the Mediterranean, mainly from coast of Ligurian sea.
Italian gardener Langau has created park in the mixed receptions of park architecture with prevalence of landscape style. Park decorated and decorate set of small architectural forms: ensembles "Morning", "Dancer", pools Central with cupids, with lilies. " the Boy with a fish ".......
Sochi in total has five (larger) churches. One brand new is being built in the outskirts towards Dagmoys. The most famous is however the Saint Michael church, as it is on top of a hill right across the street of Morskoie Vokzal. The church is gracefully white with black domed and tentshaped roofs. The inside holds a breathtaking colourful scenery. Beautiful wall paintaings and iconostace and the traditional mystical Russian Orthodox atmosphere. Pay respect by falling into the praying ceremony. The church is continuously used by the Russians from Sochi, but also many tourists and pelgrims from around the (huge) country.
The station in Sochi can hardly be just called a station. Sochi Vokzal is a masterpiece of architecture and warmly welcomes all visitors that arrive by train. The graceful tower with clock is surrounded with palmtrees that compete with it's height (and loose). The hall ways are decorated with classic lantarns and slim columns that lift the roof. Truely the most beautiful station I ever saw.
Italy has it's Venice Film Festival and the most famous one is no doubt in Cannes (France). Russia however has it's own film industry, creating many masterpieces of high standard films (sadly (and dumb) enough often only in Russian language, thus without or with limited success outside Russia). In Sochi a yearly Film Festival is bringing all stars from this world together. This festival is held in the enormous building of the Sochi Theatre. A collosal structure surrounded by almost a hundred columns.