Vladivostok is only a century and a half old, but during this time the city has managed to acquire grandiose bridges, theaters, and world-class galleries

 

One of the new symbols of Vladivostok is the cable-stayed bridge to Russky island, connecting the shores of the Eastern Bosphorus Strait. The bridge that joined the city’s mainland with its appurtenant island by road was opened in 2012. It is the second highest in the world: Its roadway is raised over seventy meters above the water, leaving enough space even for large vessels to pass below it.

The Trans-­Siberian Railway, at a length of 9,288.2 km, ends in Vladivostok

The only funicular railway in the Far East has been operating for six decades. Built on the initiative of Nikita Khrushchev, it became the calling card of Vladivostok. From its cars and from the observation deck, located on the Eagle’s Nest Hill, the entire city center is perfectly visible, as well as the Golden Horn Bay.

Last year, the Primorsky Branch of the Mariinsky Theater opened in the city. The new stage is led by Valery Gergiev; the troupe is based on the actors from the Primorsky Opera and Ballet Theater, as well as graduates from the Far Eastern Academy of Arts. Next in line is the launching of a festival.

In the nine halls of the Primorye art gallery, the paintings of Russian masters are presented, along with works by Western European artists and ancient Russian icon painters from the 14th–19th centuries.

Those who lack the time, skills, or courage for underwater adventures can visit the Primorsky Aquarium. Its tanks contain representatives of almost all the species from the Sea of Japan and the Sea of Okhotsk, as well as the inhabitants of the Far East freshwater reservoirs.

470 thousand visitors a year come to the largest museum in the region, the Arseniev Primorsky State unified Museum. Among its exhibits are a beautiful collection of porcelain, as well as ceremonial objects of the Balhae Kingdom and the Jurchen Empire, along with unique photographic documents.

The most efficient Soviet submarine from WWII has been turned into a museum and set on the Korabelnaya Embankment. In 1942, the S-56 made an almost round-the-world voyage from Vladivostok to the Kola Peninsula, where it fought as part of the Northern Fleet.

 

Теxt: Dmitry Ivanov

Published on: June 24, 2018