Stavropol is one of the biggest cities of the North Caucasus and is the administrative center of Stavropol Krai in Russia. It was built as a fortress and it only acquired the status of the city in 1785. Today, it is a well-developed city and is often seen as a refuge for the ones running away from the instability of the Russian border regions.
Its climate is one of the best in Russia with hot summers and cold winters (but not as cold as in the other parts of the country). If you’re visiting Stavropol, you should book your trip for the summer months so you can enjoy it to its fullest. The city has plenty of sights, museums and historic places to visit so get ready to walk and learn a lot about the history of Stavropol and Russia. Here are 10 things you should definitely do in Stavropol.
1. Victory Park: A beautiful park for a relaxing walk
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This charming park is set in a forest and is an amazing place to go for a long walk. There are plenty of entertainment areas, a skating rink, a dinopark, lots of cafés and an aquapark! However, if you really just want to enjoy your walk away from all of these other attractions, don’t worry, there is plenty of space to run or walk in peace and quiet. At night, the park is filled with music and people and becomes a great place to enjoy the nightlife in the city. Enjoy it!
Address: Stavropol, 355040 Krai de Stavropol, Russia
Website: Victory Park (in Russian)
Opening Times: Monday to Sunday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
2. Stavropol Botanical Garden: Get to know the city’s green side
Stavropol Botanical Garden is a lovely place to wander around and relax your body and soul from the rushing about of the city. Here, you’ll take the most beautiful pictures of Stavropol’s natural beauty. You’ll be surrounded by nature and explore new paths. In the winter, don’t hesitate to visit the Winter Garden and be dazzled by so much beauty. The entrance fees to the Botanical Garden are very affordable and you’ll get the chance to see a wonderful place.
Stavropol Botanical Garden
Address: ul. Lenina, 478, Stavropol’, 355029 Stavropolskiy Kray, Russia
Website: Stavropol Botanical Garden
Opening Times: Monday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
3. Kazan Cathedral: The golden top you see from everywhere
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Kazan Cathedral is a stunning church with an impressive golden top that you can see from any slightly higher place in the city. The gold domes reflect the sun in a magical way and you will be tempted to stare for hours. However, the inside of the church is even more beautiful than the outside with its polished marble and striking architecture. This is one of the icons of the city and you can’t miss it for the world!
Address: Suvorova, 1A, 355035 Stavropol, Russia
Website: Kazan Cathedral (in Russian)
4. Prozritelev and Prave State Museum of Local Lore: Where the local history remains
Stavropol has very important museums that you should visit if you’re interested in Russian history and the past of the city. Prozritelev and Prave State Museum of Local Lore is just one of them. This museum has unique exhibits of taxidermy and ethnography, where you can learn more about the people and culture of the region. It features three stories with exhibits on different topics, including one about the national costumes. It is a very informative place that will help you learn more about the place you’re visiting.
Prozritelev and Prave State Museum of Local Lore
Address: Stavropol area, 135, Dzerzhinskogo str., 355035 Stavropol, Russia
5. The Central Park: Stunning in every season
In the heart of the city, there is another park that is as beautiful as Victory Park. It is a beautiful place in any kind of weather, with its avenues lined up with chestnut and blue fir trees. There is a lake where you can see swans and turtles and flowers everywhere.
There are plenty of benches where you can enjoy a book or the company of your travel companions. Like Victory Park, the Central Park also has numerous attractions, including an observation wheel that offers beautiful sites of the park and the city at night. Don’t miss it!
The Central Park
Address: Oktyabrskoi Revolyutsii Ave., 22A, 355035 Stavropol, Russia
Website: The Central Park (in Russian)
6. Art Gallery of Landscapes: See the work of an honoured Russian artist
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If you love art, you can’t forget to stop by this museum. Art Gallery of Landscapes really is a gallery of works of art showing the most beautiful landscapes of the region and of the whole Caucasus. P. M. Grechishkin is the start of the gallery, as one of the most famous artists in Stavropol. You’ll be able to see his work and admire his creativity. This gallery is located in a beautiful building from the 20th century and the admission cost is very inexpensive for the incredible works of art you’ll have the chance to see.
Art Gallery of Landscapes
Address: Mikhaila Morozova, 12, 355017 Stavropol, Russia
Website: Art Gallery of Landscapes
7. Stavropol Regional Museum of the Fine Arts: A visit to remember
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Stavropol Regional Museum of the Fine Arts is considered one of the best museums in the city. Here, you will learn about the fine arts but also about literature, cinema, and folk crafts. The employees are patriots of their cause and will teach you and tell you everything you want to know and more. As there isn’t enough funding for the museum, it doesn’t have many exhibitions. However, the museum is very well presented with paintings and drawings on different topics by modern artists and a great collection of pictures.
Stavropol Regional Museum of the Fine Arts
Address: Dzerzhinskogo St., 115-119, 355035 Stavropol, Russia
8. St. Andrew’s Cathedral: The outside matches the inside
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St. Andrew’s Cathedral was built at the end of the 19th century. Although it has a very simple architecture, this is a place of worship where students light candles to pass their exams. It is beloved by the locals and a piece of identity for their people.
St. Andrew’s Cathedral
Address: Dzerzhinskogo, 155, 355000 Stavropol, Russia
9. Temple of St. Seraphim of Sarov the Wonderworker: A spiritual place
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The Temple of St. Seraphim of Sarov the Wonderworker really is a spiritual place, where you can sit down and enjoy the beauty and quietness around you. There are services held there as it is a holy place; you can get some of the holy water from the spring (where you can also swim). Beware of the steep hill which leads to the temple, and just enjoy the silence in this beautiful place.
Temple of St. Seraphim of Sarov the Wonderworker
Address: Oktyabrskaya, 231/1, 355001 Stavropol, Russia
10. Museum of History of the Cossacks: Learn about Stavropol’s past
One last museum, this one about the history of the Cossacks, a group of people who helped develop the territory of Stavropol into what it is today. This museum is small but very important, as it is one of the few museums which tells the story of the Cossacks with rare exhibitions about their bravery and devotion to Russia. This is a museum that serves as a reminder of Stavropol’s roots and is essential if you’d like to understand a major piece of its identity.
Museum of History of the Cossacks
Address: Vokzalnaya, 24, 355008 Stavropol, Russia
Stavropol: A young city with an old heart
Stavropol is not a very touristy city but it’s not because it lacks charisma or personality. It’s because it’s still a well-kept secret in Russia and a place that is still developing and growing. We hope our suggestions on the best things to do in Stavropol help you build a great itinerary for your visit!
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