Chapter 5. Place of mine.
Today I'd like to fulfil the promise I gave in my first message and tell a little bit about my native town, Nizhiy Novgogrod. As I said, it's situated in the middle part of european Russia, at a junction of rivers Volga and Oka. It was founded in 1221 AD by grand russain duke Yury Dolgoruky as a fortress on a high bank of river Volga. Initially its purpose was to defend young russian state against an invasion of Eastern herds.
With years, the rivers became a great trade way rather than a natural hurdle for enemies. Due to lacky position of crossing several trade tracks, our town formed to a big trade center. One of the most famous trade event of those times known as 'Nizhegorodskaya Yarmarka' took place in our town in 18th - 19th centuries. Lots of plants and institutes were build here during Soviet period. Nizniy Novgorod became also a big industrial center. During The World War Two the town helped a lot in struggle with fascism providing Soviet Army with significant amount of weapon.
Nowadays, despite some common processes of depravation and stagnation, the town still remains a big trade and cultural center.
We still have a couple of museums and several theatres left. In contrast, the number of new restaurants and nightclubs has been increasing. Actually, it seems strange taking into acount the fact that average standard of living is steadily decreasing. Nevertheless the arhitecture of the town is getting pretty more vivid. The cubical style of Soviet architectural heritage is being replaced with nice new forms of just-build or reconstructed churhes and other buildings.
I think our habitat could even be named a city, but still there are few signs of a city. We've got no skyscrapers, lots of open soil in our downtown, neither for a car nor for a pedestrian road system. On the other hand our town is rather quiet and cozy. And still has some touch with civilization. Believe it or not, we also have 'holes in the wall' and usually don't have to queue up in the bank. :)
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