Petrozavodsk – a city with surprises in its history
Guided tour is a chance to get a secret information about the city
This first week of spring our students enjoyed city tour around Petrozavodsk and amazing stories of our guide. Even if you are a history lover and have an excellent history background there is still something that can surprise you.
How to get amused even if you are already a history lover
Our walk started right from the school, situated on Karla Marksa avenue. This broad and beloved among locals and guests avenue was renamed almost 34 times during its history. 250 years ago you could take a walk along English street (one of its names) and met some Scottish architects and specialists, who were invited to Petrozavodsk by Catherine the Great to develop mining and metal processing industries.
Walked down the avenue and finally reached Lenin Square. Even so typical for all Russian cities statue of Lenin has unique features in Petrozavodsk! Just look closely at his head… you may notice that the color of his upper part of body differs a bit from the rest. According to one of the versions during the Finnish occupation (1941 – 1944) the statue was demolished and removed to Helsinki. As the statue was made from Karelian granite and had an impressive weight Lenin was demolished part by part and his head was damaged during the transportation. After a while a new head was created for headless Lenin , but the granite had a differ shade. Moreover, Karelian Lenin changed his familiar cap to furry hat. By the way it’s a good advice for those who are going to visit us in winter!
All roads in Petrozavodsk lead to Onega Lake embankment and our trip is not an exception.
“And where is the lake?” –our students asked the guide.
“Can you see people walking, jumping and snowkiting? – Right there”.
No panic! Onega Lake is hidden under a solid layer of ice, this layer can reach 70 sm.
We have shared several amazing facts about our city and still many surprises for you! If you are curious about it, join our courses and visit Petrozavodsk.