Day #43: Novosibirsk sights

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May 25th 2013
Published: May 25th 2013
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Novosibirsk is not known as one of the great stopping-off points on the Trans-Siberian railway, with some justification, as there are no real interesting "sights" here. However it is a pleasant place to live and as I am busy here I am enjoying the stay. On a sunny day the nicest part of the city is by the river, where there is a promenade with a fairground (fairground rides are very popular in Russia, and can be found in all parks and other communal areas), and a view of the bridge over which the Tran-Siberian train travels. Nearby there is a monument to Alexander IIl, who built the railway and responsible for Novosibirsk's existence (there is also a monument to him in Irkutsk).

Aside from that there are a few pretty churches, though the same sorts of buildings exist - usually more grandly - elsewhere in Russia, and a few museums. I would like to return in winter to see it under snow and just to experience what -40 degrees feels like!

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Not a great photo as into the sun!

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