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10% Growth Of Tourists Is Expected In Volgograd
11.05.2016 17:54
10% Growth Of Tourists Is Expected In Volgograd

More than 800 thousand tourists visited the Volgograd region last year. In 2016 it is expected to increase tourist traffic by 10%, Interfax-Tourism reported to the press office of the regional tourism development agency.

      "Last year there was the anniversary of the Volgograd region, so this year, we do not expect a spike in  the growth of tourists. 819 thousand tourists visited us in 2015 and according to forecasts 10% growth is expected in 2016," – deputy director of Tourism Development Agency of Volgograd Region, Elena Kurnosova, said. In 2016 the region expects the influx of visitors, not only during the traditional peak of touristic activity on May 1 and 9, but also during the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Hero of the USSR, pilot WWII Alexei Maresiev.


      Volgograd Region is the most attended subject of the Russian Federation: everybody who has ever played a game Call of Duty, has visited it virtually. It is situated in the European Russia and has its provincial capital in the city of Volgograd, on the right bank of Volga River. It is actually the former Stalingrad, renamed after Stalin’s death, the place where the Stalingrad battle, one of the most sanguinary battles of the Second World War took place. the game Call of Duty is based on fact.

      Volgograd Region is a part of the Southern Federal District of Russia. It borders on the following Russian regions: Saratov Region, Rostov Region, Astrakhan Region, Voronezh Region, and Republic of Kalmykia. Moreover, it borders on Kazakhstan.


      Two of the Seven Wonders of Russia, Mamai kurgan and Cyclop size Mother Motherland statue, are situated in the Volgograd Region, in the city of Volgograd. These places are closely tied with the Stalingrad battle. The city of Volgograd figures in the names of the streets in many Russian cities. There is Volgograd Avenue in Moscow and many Volgograd Streets in more than in twenty Russian cities and in more than ten cities in Ukraine. Place names containing the old name of the Volgograd Region’s capital, Stalingrad are to be seen in London, Paris, Brussels and Bologna. A four-storey Pavlov’s house, familiar to every Call of Duty gamer had been preserved. It is situated in the centre of Volgograd. It was restored after the battle, moreover, it was the first building to be restored in the city, but a part of the wall was conserved. It is still reminding the events of the battle to everybody looking at this building.


      The city of Volgograd was founded in 1589 and served as a fortress guarding the trade route along the Volga river. The city on the Volga River has changed its name several times through history. In 1925 the city’s name Tsaritsyn (formed from the Russian word – Tsar) was replaced by a more updated and Soviet one – Stalingrad (formed from the name of Stalin). When the cult of Stalin’s personality also passed into oblivation, the city was renamed into Volgograd that means "a town on the River Volga". Now Volgograd is one of the largest Russian cities with a population of over 1 million people. One of the city`s most famous museums is the Stalingrad Museum with a panorama (one of the largest panoramas in Russia) which depicts a scene from the infamous battle. Beside the Stalingrad museum in Volgograd there stands a red brick building full of bullet holes. It is supposed to be the only remaining building from the former post-war Stalingrad. Yakov Fedotovich Pavlov is credited with holding this building against the Nazis for an amazing length of time, and against all odds. The most famous sightseeing site of the city is Mamayov Kurgan which is a huge War memorial complex dedicated to the warriors that lost their lives in the battle for Stalingrad. The memorial complex displays a symbolic Motherland sculpture. It is a massive statue commemorating the loss of life and the victory. The statue is about 4 meters higher than the statue of liberty in the US. The statue is situated on the so name Point 102 (Mamaev Kurgan is 102 meters high). The statue is 85 meters high (the figure 52 meters and the sword 33 meters). It is said to weight around 8 000 tons. The statue prototype is divined as Nika goddess, the goddess of Victory. Mamaev Kurgan is open for visitors 24 hours a day. At night there is a special lightning in the park and near statues and memorials. Some travel sources translate the name of Mamaev Kurgan into English as Mamaev Hill but it is to some extent a wrong translation. Kurgan rather means a tumulus or a barrow due to in encient past it could be a grave of one of the nomades leader. Name Mamaev means the Kurgan could have some connection to Mamai - leader of Golden Hordes, but there is no any reliable historical evidence of that.



Author: Anna Dorozhkina


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