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    Funicular railway

    by Jonarforever Updated Aug 27, 2010

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    There are only two funiculars in Russia, one of them being in Vladivostok.

    It will take you from its lower section in Pushkinskaya Street up close to the top of Eagle's Nest Hill, which rises 180 meters above the sea level. This ride lasts about 1 minute, have your camera at hand as the views of Golden Horn Bay and downtown will be spectacular.

    Another option: conquer this hill by yourself, climbing some 300 steep stairs up lol Halfway through your leg muscles will tell you that this is quite an exercise.

    Within a stone's throw from the funicular upper section is a viewing platform atop Eagle's Nest Hill.

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    Scattered around the lower funicular section in Pushkin Street are:

    1) the historic red-brick building of the Far Eastern State Technical University, have a look the 100-year-old basalt Chinese lions vigilantly guarding its entrance,

    2) adjacent to it is St Paul's Lutheran church in Gothic style built by German architect Junghendel (the one who also designed the GOUM)

    3) St Tatiana's Chapel and its belfry: it is a custom to walk under the belfry arch making a wish.

    4) Pushkin Theater, constructed in 1908: an amazing facade, (and a nice free toilet!)

    5) Statue of Pushkin himself, with a book between legs, standing in quite a posture.

    Vladivostok Funicular, lower section, carriages Vladivostok Funicular, upper section A funicular railway carriage goes up Eagle's Nest Hill, viewing platform (August 2010) Vladivostok seen form Eagle's Nest Hill (2010)
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    Golden Horn Bay Bridge

    by Jonarforever Written Aug 27, 2010

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    Seen from everywhere this bridge is destined to become the city architectural dominant. Is is to be commissioned in 2011, meanwhile you can enjoy contemplating the construction process and the highest cranes in the Far East of Russia. These sunset pictures were taken on my balcony on the other side of Golden Horn Bay - as watching these pylons bask in the setting sun had recently become my regular evening occupation :)

    You can check the Skyscraper City link below for some renderings and construction updates.

    Enjoy our bridge :)

    Vladivostok, GHBB under construction (Aug, 2010) Vladivostok, GHBB under construction (Aug, 2010) Vladivostok, GHBB under construction (Aug, 2010) Vladivostok, GHBB under construction (Aug, 2010) Vladivostok, GHBB under construction (Aug, 2010)
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    visit the lighthouse

    by livfaith Written Mar 2, 2010

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    The Egershel'd lighthouse is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year (2010) and while it is not huge and you cannot go inside, it is certainly worth a visit. The walk there is nice (if the weather is good) and you can walk right out to it in winter when the ocean is frozen or in summer at low tide. There is a great view of Russky island (which the lighthouse is actually very close to - so close in fact the electricity wires stretch across from the mainland to the island at this point) and of the sea. You almost feel that you are standing in the middle of the ocean when you are there - it's about 150 metres out on a tip of the Shkot Peninsula - and the ferries going to and from Russky pass very close to the lighthouse.

    on the way to the lighthouse Ferry passes the lighthouse The lighthouse is 100 years old View from lighthouse View from lighthouse
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    Funicular

    by livfaith Written Mar 1, 2010

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    Going up the funicular costs 5 roubles and takes you up to Eagle's Nest Hill. There is a great view of the city and of the sea from here, plus a statue of Cyril and Mephodius. Look out for the building with swallows painted on the roof. There is also a souvenir shop at the top. At the bottom, next to the entrance to the funicular is a chapel with a memorial and just below is a Lutheran church. Funicular is open from 7 am to 8 pm. There are also steps, should you prefer to walk.

    Funicular Port Frozen ocean Cyril and Mephodius monument Can you spot the building with the swallows?
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    Vladivostok Orthodox Church

    by Nuclei Written Nov 26, 2009

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    Just behind the Dinamo Stadium, you will find this nicely decorated Orthodox Church. The architecture is some different than the ones you may see all across Russia. The entrance is through arc columns. The exterior is colorful with paintings which look like stained glass from a distance. Again, this church accompanied by the memorial momument in front of it, Vechnaya Pamyat (Eternal Memory).

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    Admiral Makarov

    by Nuclei Written Nov 26, 2009

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    Admiral Makarov was the commander in Russian Navy during Tsar times but he was also a scientist. He was the first man who launced torpedoes from a boat. This monument is dedicated to Admiral Makarov. His name also given to one of the biggest icebreaker ships in the world.

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    Russian Pacific Fleet

    by Nuclei Written Nov 26, 2009

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    At the Golden Horn Bay, you will see many warships of Russian Navy. These are the ships belonging to Russian Pacific Fleet. Due to strategical importance of Vladivostok, city was closed to foreigns until early 90s.

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    War Memorial and Church

    by Nuclei Written Nov 26, 2009

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    Next to the green S-56 submarine, you will see a war memorial with big numbers of 1941 - 1945. Dedicated to those who lost their lives during WWII. Russia lost more than 20 million people during the war. Behind the memorial, there is a church with golden dome.

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    Vladivostok Train Station

    by Nuclei Written Nov 26, 2009

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    You may not be travelling by train or have no clue about what Trans Siberian Railway is. Even so, do not miss the chance to see historical Vladivostok train station (vokzal). Very nice architecture and last spot of Asia'a east coast.

    Vladivostok Train Station Coal Fired Locomotive at Vladivostok Vokzal
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    Founders of Vladivostok

    by Nuclei Written Nov 26, 2009

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    The sailors had disembarked from their ships mid 17th century and settled in Vladivostok. This was the foundation of the city and the settlers are memorized with this monument which was erected right at the spot where those people put their feet on the ground.

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    Bortsov (Central) Square

    by Nuclei Written Nov 26, 2009

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    A city should not be considered as "visited" if no time is spent at its main sqaure. Like many other Russian cities, Vladivostok also has a big spectcular square, Bortsov Square. The main spot in the square is "Memorials to the Fighters for the Soviet Power in the Far East". Square also nice view towards Golden Horn Bay, Russian Navy Fleet.

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    Dinamo Stadium

    by Nuclei Written Nov 26, 2009

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    Dinamo Stadium is a home for FC Luch Energiya. The team is playing 2nd division of Russian leagues. When Luch Energiya was playing at the top league, they were a scary team especially to the teams from Moscow and SPB due to long flight and huge time difference. Flight duration and time difference is 7 hours!

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    Walking around Sportivnaya Harbour

    by Nuclei Written Nov 26, 2009

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    Sportivnaya Harbour is a small marina on the Amursky Gulf side. The place is full of kiosks, cafes and restaurants. It is also a walking area of locals where most of them are enjoying the beach during nice weathers. You can also buy souvenirs here.

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    S-56 Submarine

    by Nuclei Written Nov 23, 2009

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    Vladivostok was a closed city to foreigners until early 90s. The reason was this city hosted the largest fleet of USSR during Soviet times, Pacific Fleet. S-56 submarine exhibited here is the memorial to this fleet. Claimed it has sank many enemy ships down during WWII.

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    Trans Siberian - First or Last Stop

    by Nuclei Written Nov 23, 2009

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    If you do not have any specific reason (like buying Japan cars), you most probably will be visiting Vladivostok as a part of Trans Siberian Railway trip. TSR starts (or ends) here. The distance of Vladivostok from Moscow is 9288km (close to 3 times of the distance between US east/west coasts). This distance is shown on the milestone at the Vladivostok train station. This is a dream for most of the world travellers.

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