The Kuibyshev Square

The Kuibyshev square is not just the main city square, but the largest in Russia and Europe and one of the five biggest squares in the world. For the residents of the city it is so loved for endless promenades, tourists find the square particularly attractive due to the fact that is the key point of the historic centre of Samara. Only if you are able to call “point” a space half a kilometre long and three hundred meters wide with squares in the corners and flower beds of the sizes of a football field. Quite often, on one of these four “sub-squares”, there are some thematic photo exhibitions that are open to public with free admittance.

The Kuibyshev Square in winter

The Kuibyshev Square in winter

In the second half of the 19th century, the cathedral of Christ the Savior was erected on the square and the square was called Sobornaya. Then, in the 1930s, the temple was destroyed and later the Samara Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre on its place that is there for the time being. Its current name was given to the square in 1935 to pay tribute to the famous revolutionary V. V. Kuibyshev. The monument of him stands just in front of the theatre and was created by a prominent sculptor M. Manizer.

All must-see attractions of the Samara (Stalin’s Bunker, the Samara Drama Theatre, the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Volga embankment) are in a several minutes’ walking distance.

The Kuibyshev Square - Samara Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre

The Kuibyshev Square – Samara Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre

In autumn and spring a market is made open on Kuibyshev Square. In winter the ice rink is made, a Christmas tree is put at the centre of the square and an “ice town” is built. It is at the Kuibyshev Square, that the chief Santa Claus of the country arrives from Veliky Ustyug to be greeted.

The square is a hosting area for various city and federal festivals, parades, concerts, seasonal fairs and other mass events. There are perfect conditions for all sort of outdoor activities lovers: you can play football and streetball there, you can cycle and enjoy roller skating so much.

The Kuibyshev Square - the heart of Samara from a birds eye view

The Kuibyshev Square – the heart of Samara from a birds eye view

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