Welcome to Novorossiysk, Russia
Friday 9 - Monday 12 May 2014
Novorossiysk, southern Russia, is the main Russian commercial sea port on the Black Sea and one of the few cities honoured with the Soviet title of Hero City.
Novorossiysk is based in the heart of the picturesque Tsemess bay of the Black Sea. Its climate is close to Mediterranean and Novorossiysk has been a popular sea resort for few centuries.
In antiquity there was an ancient Greek colony called Bata, mentioned by Strabo and Ptolemy. In the Middle Ages Genoese merchants maintained a trade output there, focused mainly on grain. In XVIII сentury the bay was commanded by Ottomans. After the coastline was ceded to Russia in 1829 as a result of Russo-Turkish War, admirals Mikhail Lazarev and Nikolay Raevsky founded an eastern base for the Black Sea Fleet on the shore in 1838.
Nowadays Novorossiysk is Russia's main port on the Black Sea and it serves Russian sea trade with regions of Asia, Middle East, Africa, Mediterranian and South America. It is an important industrial city as well as a naval base for Russian Black Sea Fleet.
There are more than 15 institutes of higher education in Novorossiysk and one of the biggest maritime educational establishments of Russia — Admiral Ushakov Maritime State University.
Tourist infrastructure includes comfortable beaches, sea resorts and sanatoriums. The pearl of the region is freshwater lake Abrau. Apart from its natural beauty one could also enjoy the famous sparkling wine winery Abrau-Dyurso, situated on its coast along with its vineyards. The winery and its cellars in limestone were established in 1870 and now Abrau-Dyurso is the official supplier of Kremlin.
Nature Reserve Bolshoi Utrish is situated not far from Novorossiysk. It spreads 12 km along the coastline. One could see rare examples of flora and fauna here, including Mediterranian turtle, erne, mute swan and bottlenose dolphins. Utrish Dolphinarium is based in Malyi Utrish. In Novorossiysk itself there are many museums (mainly devoted to Second World War), monuments, beautiful lengthy embankment and a large park with the park amusements. It is a vibrant city with many restaurants, bars and night clubs.
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