Attractions Yoshkar-Ola


According to the chronicle, the construction of the Kremlin was completed in the beginning of 2009. To this day, models of guns and a chapel have been preserved on the territory of the Kremlin.
Admission is free (except for days of events).
Opening hours: daily from 10 to 20 hours, Mon-day off.
Address: Yoshkar-Ola, st. Ascension, d. 49.
Phone: 8 (8362) 42-14-72.

GPS coordinates:
Latitude: 56 ° 38′13.87 ″ N (56.637185)
Longitude: 47 ° 54′4.91 ″ E (47.901365)

2. The complex "12 Apostles".

The architectural complex was built based on the Sheremetev castle (more about the Sheremetev castle in the Mari El section). In the building are located: a restaurant, a television and radio company and a grocery supermarket. There is also an animated clock: every three hours (from 9.00 to 21.00), under the accompaniment of musical accompaniment, "12 Apostles" come out from the tower, headed by "Jesus", pass through the balcony and hide in the neighboring tower. A fascinating sight!
Address: Yoshkar-Ola, Tsargradsky Prospekt, 37.

GPS coordinates:
Latitude: 56 ° 38′14.28 ″ N (56.637301)
Longitude: 47 ° 54′22.87 ″ E (47.906353)

3. Monument to His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II.

The monument gave the name of the Patriarch Square - one of the most beautiful places in Yoshkar-Ola. Uncover a selfie stick!

GPS coordinates:
Latitude: 56 ° 38′12.45 ″ N (56.636793)
Longitude: 47 ° 54′23.53 ″ E (47.906536)

5. Republican puppet theater.

The medieval castle, towering in the center of Yoshkar-Ola, gives the impression of a fabulous mirage on everyone except, perhaps, the manager of the theater.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., lunch from 13 to 14, Sat, Sun -output.
Address: Yoshkar-Ola, Tsargradsky Prospekt, 35.
Phone: 8 (8362) 45-25-31.

GPS coordinates:
Latitude: 56 ° 38′13 ″ N (56.636882)
Longitude: 47 ° 54′31 ″ E (47.908555)

6. The embankment of Bruges.

The promenade is built in the Flemish style. Behind the openwork, light facades is the hard, painstaking work of various ministries: health, social protection and economic development. Do not make noise - we live here!

GPS coordinates:
Latitude: 56 ° 38′6.75 ″ N (56.635207)
Longitude: 47 ° 54′38.29 ″ E (47.910635)

7. Yoshkar-Ola registry office.

With its Gothic architecture, the registry office building, as it were, warns against rash acts. In front of the registry office there is a monument to an exemplary couple - Grace Kelly and Prince of Monaco Rainier III. A pair, however, without rings.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 9.00-17.00, lunch: 13.00-14.00, Sat, Sun - weekend.
Address: Yoshkar-Ola, Embankment of Bruges, d. 5.
Phone: 8 (8362) 21-52-46.
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GPS coordinates:
Latitude: 56 ° 37′58.95 ″ N (56.633042)
Longitude: 47 ° 54′32.18 ″ E (47.90894)

8. A copy of one of the towers of the main Kremlin of the country.

A small copy of one of the towers of the main Kremlin of the country, in the context of the Flemish-Gothic architectural cut, can cause cognitive dissonance among guests of the capital, distinguished by their fine mental organization.

GPS coordinates:
Latitude: 56 ° 37′56.74 ″ N (56.632427)
Longitude: 47 ° 54′32.49 ″ E (47.909026)

9. The Cathedral of the Annunciation.

The Annunciation Church is located on the banks of the river and combines the elements of the most beautiful temples of Russia: the Moscow Church of St. Basil the Blessed and the St. Petersburg Savior on Blood. In front of the temple there is a sculpture "Virgin Mary with the Christ Child", the square in front of the temple also bears the name of the Virgin Mary.

GPS coordinates:
Latitude: 56 ° 37′58.58 ″ N (56.63294)
Longitude: 47 ° 54′16.27 ″ E (47.904519)

10. Fountain "Archangel Gabriel".

One of the largest and most beautiful fountains of Yoshkar-Ola. Especially in summer. The fountain is located on Republic Square.

GPS coordinates:
Latitude: 56 ° 38′0.98 ″ N (56.633606)
Longitude: 47 ° 54′12.75 ″ E (47.903543)

11. Arkhangelsk settlement.

In compactly located mansions made in the Flemish style, there are bank service offices, cafes, shops. On the facades and roofs of houses there are various bronze figures, which are especially interesting for homeless connoisseurs of non-ferrous metal art objects.

GPS coordinates:
Latitude: 56 ° 37′58.96 ″ N (56.633044)
Longitude: 47 ° 54′10.01 ″ E (47.902781)

12. A copy of the Spasskaya Tower.

A copy of one of the towers of the main Kremlin of the country. The tower, like the original, has chimes beating every hour. In the visibility zone of the tower, you should behave extremely law-abiding - the tower is a police stronghold.

GPS coordinates:
Latitude: 56 ° 38′1.54 ″ N (56.63376)
Longitude: 47 ° 54′9.88 ″ E (47.902744)

13. Chavaina Boulevard.

Chavine is a Mari poet and playwright, one of the founders of Mari literature. In honor of him, the boulevard is called - the pedestrian zone of Yoshkar-Ola with many flower beds, fountains and benches. Favorite place for the promenade of citizens and visitors.

GPS coordinates:
Latitude: 56 ° 38′6.01 ″ N (56.635002)
Longitude: 47 ° 53′48.25 ″ E (47.896736)

14. Ferris wheel.

A new, forty-meter ferris wheel with closed booths that are ventilated in summer and heated in winter: the easiest and fastest way to see all of Yoshkar-Ola and its surroundings at the same time!

GPS coordinates:
Latitude: 56 ° 38′8.27 ″ N (56.635631)
Longitude: 47 ° 53′25.86 ″ E (47.890516)

15. "Yoshkin cat."

"Yoshkin cat" - a kind of symbol of the city.
There is a belief that if you rub the cat. (nose), it will bring happiness.

GPS coordinates:
Latitude: 56 ° 37′52.54 ″ N (56.631262)
Longitude: 47 ° 53′19.24 ″ E (47.888677)

16. National Art Gallery.

The almost Venetian Doge's Palace and one of the main attractions of Yoshkar-Ola. A donkey with an icon comes out of the clock (every hour in the daytime) accompanied by musical accompaniment. The gallery constantly hosts various exhibitions and expositions.
Opening hours: Tue: from 12:00 to 20:00, Wed-Sun: from 10:00 to 18:00, Mon - day off.
Address: Yoshkar-Ola, Leninsky Prospekt, 24.
Phone: 8 (8362) 41-07-01, 8 (8362) 41-26-28.

GPS coordinates:
Latitude: 56 ° 37′54.66 ″ N (56.631851)
Longitude: 47 ° 53′13.41 ″ E (47.887058)

18. Monument to Obolensky-Nogotkov.

Ivan Andreevich Obolensky-Nogotkov - the first governor of Tsarevokokshaysk (as Yoshkar-Ola used to be called). The monument gave the name of Obolensky-Nogotkov Square.

GPS coordinates:
Latitude: 56 ° 37′54.09 ″ N (56.631691)
Longitude: 47 ° 53′10.55 ″ E (47.886264)

21. Gogol Square.

Gogolevsky Boulevard, passing into the Gogolevsky Bridge, forms the Gogol Square. Oddly enough, it is here that the monument to Gogol is located.

GPS coordinates:
Latitude: 56 ° 37′38.55 ″ N (56.627375)
Longitude: 47 ° 53′42.01 ″ E (47.895002)

On a note.

Many sights of Yoshkar-Ola appeared recently, many are being created right now. Therefore, some of them are not yet indicated on maps and guidebooks. It’s all the more interesting to see what no one else has seen and to tell everyone about it all! Charge the camera!
By the way, a virtual walk through the beautiful places of Yoshkar-Ola can be done on the website

Attractions yoshkar ola

It is noteworthy that inside these picturesque Flemish houses quite respectable institutions were located: ministries, public services, departments, boarding school. Tourists who visited Yoshkar-Ola, consider this place the most photogenic. With these photos you can play friends and say that you have been to Bruges or Amsterdam. The latter, by the way, gave the name to another city embankment.

There are 2 more interesting monuments on the embankment. First - Elizaveta Petrovna, the empress and daughter of Peter I, who did a lot for the development of Tsarevokokshayska - that is what Yoshkar-Olu was called in those days. And the second monument, opposite the registry office, is dedicated Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III of Monaco. The author of the sculpture Leonid Markelov explained that it was this couple that was an example of family values ​​for him.

Important holidays take place inside the Kremlin walls: Victory Day, City Day - as well as festivities on Maslenitsa and Honey Spas. Interested in history? An exhibition “The Legend of Tsarev Grad” is running in the Kremlin, which will put the history of Yoshkar-Ola on the shelves.

The Kremlin walls often hold mini-fairs selling Mari honey. If you get to the Kremlin during the fair - be sure to grab a jar as a gift to friends.

The square, named after the first governor of the city, is a kind of zero kilometer in the capital of Mari El, Yoshkar-Ola. On Obolensky-Nogotkov Square, lovers make appointments, city tours start from her. An impressive monument to Obolensky-Nogotkov is also standing on the square. The voivode importantly sits on a horse and rises 6 meters above the passers-by.

Other Yoshkara sights located on the square include the Tsar Cannon, the National Art Gallery, and dynamic clocks.
Tsar Cannon weighing 12 tons, is a copy of Moscow, halved. IN National Art Gallery collections of both Russian and foreign art are collected.

BUT dynamic clock every hour they play a funny scene: a donkey leaves the wings, carrying an icon of the Mother of God of Three Hands. They say this is a Serbian legend. During the war with Turkey, the Serbs saved their shrines by tying them to donkeys and sending animals to the monastery. A scene from the clock is played out right above the entrance to the art gallery - be inspired before inspecting the collection of paintings.

By the way, if you stand facing the square, then to the right of it you will see a sculpture "Yoshkin cat" - one of the funniest in Yoshkar-Ola. The cat settled down comfortably on a bench and as if asked to take a picture with him, or even to scratch behind the ear. Fortunately, children and adults rub the cat’s foot and make a wish.

The architectural theme of this square is the Annunciation. As you know, on this biblical holiday, Virgin Mary learned that she would become the mother of the Son of God. In honor of this event, the fountain “Archangel Gabriel”, a sculptural composition of the Virgin Mary with the baby Christ, the Annunciation Tower and the Cathedral in honor of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary flaunts on the square.

"Archangel Gabriel" on the Republic Square - perhaps the largest fountain of Yoshkar-Ola. The archangel, who brought the good news to the Virgin Mary, rises above the two-level water cascades, and on sunny days looks especially majestic.

Annunciation tower - A copy of the Moscow Spasskaya Tower, but it looks a little more squat. It is part of the architectural ensemble of the city center and transmits to the citizens the most accurate time, which is adjusted from the satellite. There are 4 dials on the chimes of the Annunciation Tower at once - you can look at it from any side. The watch strike is heard within a radius of 3 km from the building, and the inhabitants of the city are always aware of the exact time.

Near the square stands the cathedral Cathedral of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This temple is one of the most beautiful in the Volga region. Elements of the cathedral have something in common with the architecture of St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow and the Cathedral of the Savior on Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg. For the construction of the cathedral, which became the tallest building in Yoshkar-Ola, 4,000,000 bricks were spent, the temple accommodates about 1,500 parishioners.

The architectural ensemble of the square would not be complete without the Arkhangelsk settlement - a placer of houses in the Flemish style, decorated with bronze figures and turrets. The houses are located souvenir shops and cafes, where you should look at excursions to the sights of Yoshkar-Ola.

1. Obolensky-Nogotkov Square

We organize excursions to the sights of Yoshkar-Ola. The program includes famous cultural and historical sites, including Obolensky-Nogotkov Square, which is one of the most popular places in the city.

Obolensky-Nogotkov Square is made in the Venetian style. On its territory there are several significant objects. They can be inspected, as well as beautiful photographs taken against their background.

What can be visited

The National Art Gallery is the central exhibition site of the city. On its territory are exhibitions of Russian and foreign authors. Thanks to innovative technologies, the gallery has a virtual branch of the State Russian Museum.

Tsar Cannon is a popular place for photo sessions, the object is an exact copy of one of the popular Moscow attractions. The weight of the composition is 12 tons, initially it was made of wood, and later cast from metal. The gun barrel was welded into the core, so the gun can fire if necessary.

The clock above the entrance to the gallery - an unusual clock shows not only time, but every hour they play a performance, symbolizing the coming of the Mother of God to the Mari land.

2. Monument to the founder of the city Obolensky-Nogotkov

Our company organizes excursions to Yoshkar-Ola, the tour includes a visit to the monument to Obolensky-Nogotkov, the founder of the city.

The monument is located in the central part of the eponymous square. It is the starting point for city tours. The sculpture weighing 6 tons and a height of 6 meters was installed on May 8, 2007. Sculptor Andrey Kovalchuk worked on the project. The composition is made in the form of a stately figure of Obolensky, proudly riding a horse, with weapons in his hands.

3. Copy of the Tsar Cannon

Having ordered a sightseeing tour of Yoshkar-Ola from us, you can visit the central square of the city and see one of the interesting objects - a copy of Tsar Cannon.

The first Tsar Cannon in Moscow was cast in bronze in 1586, the author was Andrei Chokhov. It got its name due to its impressive size, the length of the gun is 5.34 meters. Initially, it was conceived as a defensive weapon, but was never used for its intended purpose. According to legend, the Tsar Cannon shot only once - the ashes of False Dmitry.

In 2007, a copy of the famous weapon was installed in Yoshkar-Ola. Originally the stucco molding and bas-reliefs were made of wood, years later cast from metal. The weight along with the core is 6 tons, a copy of the Tsar Cannon is suitable for shooting, since a real core is welded into it.

4. Monument to the Holy Martyr Bishop of Mary of Leonid

We organize excursions to the sights of Yoshkar-Ola, during the walk you can visit the monument to the Holy Martyr Leonid, Bishop of Mary.

The monument was erected on July 4, 2008, in the northern part of Obolensky-Nogotkov Square. The height of the composition is 3.6 meters, the author of the work is Moscow sculptor Andrei Kovalchuk. The bronze sculpture is made in the form of a man, in the image of Bishop Leonid, in his left hand he holds the icon of the Mother of God, and in his right hand is a staff. Bishop Leonid was shot for faith on January 7, 1938 by the NKVD officers.

The monument is a tribute to all the fallen soldiers who heroically died during the years of repression.

5. The hours of the “12 Apostles”

During a city tour, we will visit interesting sights of Yoshkar-Ola, including the famous “12 Apostles” clock.

Shopping and entertainment center EUROSTAR is located in a building built in the Flemish style. In 2011, an unusual clock was installed on its facade, which showed not only time, but also a whole theatrical performance. The author of the project was also the sculptor Andrei Kovalchuk, whose work has already adorned the city. The height of each sculpture included in the composition is 1.5 meters.

What can I see

The performance begins every three hours. A door is located on the left edge of the terrace, it symbolizes the gate to the city of Jerusalem. To the sound of bells, the door opens, the sound of hooves is heard, and a donkey appears, Christ is sitting sideways on his back. His face is turned to people, and with a gesture of his hand he blesses the people. After him, Peter continues the march, in his hands are the keys to paradise. Next to the apostle is Andrew the Primeval, he is pointing at the Savior with his hand. Then John appears with a scroll, followed by Matthew, reading a thick tome, followed by the remaining apostles. The procession ends with the weight of a purse with 30 silver pieces of Judas. They go around the balcony to chant and hide from sight.

What can be seen

The embankment is cozy, small in area, but despite this, several interesting objects are installed here.

  • The sculpture "Pushkin and Onegin" - it is located at the beginning of the embankment, the sculptural composition depicts a dialogue between the author and his hero. Alexander Sergeevich is sitting on a bench, and Eugene Onegin is standing a little distance from him.
  • Monument to N.V. Gogol - a bronze sculpture was installed on November 4, 2012. The author of the work was the sculptor A. Kovalchuk.
  • Monument to Rembrandt - the grand opening of the monument took place on October 31, 2013. The sculpture depicts the artist at the time of creativity, in his hands he has a palette, brushes, and a scaler. The monument was cast in bronze in Zhukovsky, according to some reports, it took about 950 kilograms of bronze and 3.5 tons of granite stone to create it.
The promenade and its architectural ensembles are made in the traditional Dutch style.

7. Annunciation tower

We organize city tours, our guides will show you interesting sights of Yoshkar-Ola, including the Annunciation Tower. It is located in the central part and is a symbol of the city.

The Annunciation Tower was built in 2007 and immediately became one of the most popular objects.

The height of the structure is 55 meters. The main decoration is a watch located on the facade of the building. They exactly repeat the shape of the chimes of the Spasskaya Tower of the Moscow Kremlin. Thanks to the installed eight speakers, the chime of a chime is heard throughout the central part.

The tower is part of the architectural ensemble, which was created in honor of the patronal feast of the Virgin. The structure includes the Annunciation Tower, a sculpture of the Archangel Michael, a statue of the Virgin, as well as the Church of the Annunciation.

During the visit, you can explore the attraction, find out its history and take beautiful photos.

10. Botanical Garden Institute of the Perm State Technical University

On the territory of the capital of the Mari Republic is a picturesque place - the Botanical Garden. Locals and guests come here for leisurely walks and a relaxing family vacation.

The dendrological nursery was founded in 1927. The area of ​​the garden was 3.42 ha. The project manager was appointed K. N. Bakulevsky.

In 1932, a forestry institute was opened in the city, the arboretum was transferred to the institution as a training base. By 1936, about 200 species of trees sprouted in the garden.

Over the long years of its existence, the botanical garden has become a museum of living plants. The basic concept is the collection, conservation of plants. The arboretum pays great attention to the scientific field, as well as educating people in the field of gardening, ecology and botany. During a walk in the garden, visitors will be able to see the many years of work of the employees of the botanical garden, as well as students. There are fruit, ornamental, spicy aromatic, as well as medicinal plants, the seeds of which were brought from five continents.

11. Central Park of Culture and Rest

The central park of the city is a favorite place for citizens and guests of the capital. The main feature of the recreation park is a large number of sculptural compositions and fountains.

The history of the park begins in the middle of the 20th century, until the 70s an old city cemetery was located in a small area near the park zone. Years later, the graves were moved to a new place, and the park began to gradually settle down.


The construction of the new church began in 2008, the grand opening and consecration of the church took place on March 27, 2010. The temple was built in a combination of the Baroque style of the mid-18th century and Russian stone architecture.

10. Botanical Garden Institute of the Perm State Technical University

On the territory of the capital of the Mari Republic is a picturesque place - the Botanical Garden. Locals and guests come here for leisurely walks and a relaxing family vacation.

The dendrological nursery was founded in 1927. The area of ​​the garden was 3.42 ha. The project manager was appointed K. N. Bakulevsky.

In 1932, a forestry institute was opened in the city, the arboretum was transferred to the institution as a training base. By 1936, about 200 species of trees sprouted in the garden.

Over the long years of its existence, the botanical garden has become a museum of living plants. The basic concept is the collection, conservation of plants. The arboretum pays great attention to the scientific field, as well as educating people in the field of gardening, ecology and botany. During a walk in the garden, visitors will be able to see the many years of work of the employees of the botanical garden, as well as students. There are fruit, ornamental, spicy aromatic, as well as medicinal plants, the seeds of which were brought from five continents.

11. Central Park of Culture and Rest

The central park of the city is a favorite place for citizens and guests of the capital. The main feature of the recreation park is a large number of sculptural compositions and fountains.

The history of the park begins in the middle of the 20th century, until the 70s an old city cemetery was located in a small area near the park zone. Years later, the graves were moved to a new place, and the park began to gradually settle down.


The park has a spacious recreation area equipped with benches, trees, shrubs grow around, flower beds and compositions are installed.

The central object is the sculpture "Tree of Life", as well as a memorial of military glory. There are playgrounds for children. The park often hosts city events, concerts and performances by creative groups.

12. Monument Yoshkin cat

One of the main and unusual sights is the sculpture of Yoshkin Kot. It is located at the main entrance to Mari State University.

The sculptural composition was created by a group of sculptors in 2011. The sculpture is made in the image of a cat, which lies in a relaxed position on a bench, next to it is the newspaper "Naked Truth" and the skeleton of a fish. The weight of the bronze composition is 150 kilograms. The prototype was an ordinary cat who lived in the studio where the craftsmen worked.

As conceived by the creators, the monument is a symbol of the letter “ё”, and it, in turn, is consonant with the combination “YO” - it is with these letters that the name of the city begins.

Interesting Facts

There is a sign - if you rub the cat's paw, then luck will accompany for a year.

In 2013, not far from the cat, a cat sculpture was installed. Today in the city there are about 5 sculptural compositions dedicated to the "mustachioed".

We organize excursions to the sights of Yoshkar-Ola. Our guides will tell you a story, interesting facts about the object, as well as share useful tips for relaxation.

1. Obolensky-Nogotkov Square

Looking at the square, one can’t even believe that you are in a Russian city, especially if you are facing the building of the National Art Gallery, made in the Venetian style and reminiscent of the Doge’s Palace. In the center is a monument to the Russian commander I. A. Nogotkov-Obolensky, who did a lot for the development of the city, the whole area of ​​the square is laid with stone tiles and decorated with wrought-iron lamps.

2. Embankment of Bruges

Another place atypical for the Russian city, decorated with an explicit reference to the architecture of Northern Europe. And his name is appropriate - the embankment of Bruges. The multi-colored facades of the houses, crowned with decorative turrets, as if moved here from Belgium. They look especially picturesque and unusual against the backdrop of the impressive domes and red walls of the Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation.

3. Chawain Boulevard

The main street of Yoshkar-Ola, stretching from Victory Boulevard. It passes through the city center and ends at the intersection with Kirov Street. In the middle, among fountains and flowering alleys, is a walking area for pedestrians. In the evening, thanks to the muffled light of lanterns and the soft illumination of water cascades, a romantic atmosphere reigns here. On weekends and during the holidays, the boulevard is filled with citizens coming to the promenade.

4. Tsarevokokshaysky Kremlin

Tsarevokokshaysky Kremlin is a modern building, erected in 2009 on the site of a wooden fortress that existed in the distant past. Thus, this is the youngest “defensive structure” of Russia. In 1919–2009, the Bazaar Square, its current name is the Revolution Square, was located on the site of the deteriorated and destroyed fortifications.

5. Sculptural composition "Yoshkin cat"

A bronze statue of a cat weighing 150 kg sitting on a bench, known to everyone from a common saying. In fact, the exclamation “Yoshkin cat!” Has nothing to do with Yoshkar-Ola, but the idea of ​​creating an urban talisman based on ready-made folklore material occurred to the head of the republic and turned out to be very successful. The composition took its place near Mari University in 2011.

6. The complex of “12 Apostles”

The sculptural composition is a group of apostles following Jesus, and is part of the clock mechanism of the chimes installed on Patriarch's Square. It is based on the famous biblical story that tells about the arrival of Christ in Jerusalem. Each figure reaches 1.5 meters in height. From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., once every 3 hours, Jesus appears on the donkey and his followers, accompanied by the church choir, out of the gate.

7. Republican Puppet Theater

The puppet scene was founded in the 1940s. It all started with the fact that in the drama theater at intermission they began to show short performances with dolls, which very soon became independent performances. The scene received its own building in 1989, before that the actors performed on other people's venues and toured a lot. Today, the theater is housed in a new building in 2014, made in the form of a medieval German castle.

8. National Art Gallery

The museum was founded in 2007 in a purpose-built building - an almost exact copy of the Venetian palazzo (only made in red). This building is one of the most picturesque in Yoshkar-Ola and dominates the architectural ensemble of Obolensky-Nogotkov Square. The gallery regularly hosts exhibitions of collections brought from leading museums in Russia, there is also a permanent exhibition of local artists.

9. National Museum of the Republic of Mari El

Museum of Local Lore, opened in 1920. Over the long years of its existence, the collection has repeatedly moved, until it settled in the building of 1903 - now a monument of architecture of regional significance. Today, the collection contains more than 230 thousand items that are exhibited both in the main department and in branches. At least 130 thousand people visit the museum annually.

10. Museum of the History of Yoshkar-Ola

The museum was founded in 1996 at the initiative of the city authorities. His collections are housed in the former Chulkov estate, a two-story red brick building erected in 1911. The permanent exhibition consists of old photographs, archival documents, handicrafts, heraldic symbols, household items and home furnishings. From time to time, thematic exhibitions are held here.

11. The Gulag Museum

The collection is located on the territory of a historical building of the mid-19th century, which in Soviet times housed a prison for political prisoners. The museum opened in 2011. The exposition is a standard set for such places, but there is also its own gloomy highlight - torture instruments that were actively used by the NKVD investigators to extract the evidence they needed.

12. Museum of Fine Arts

The organization was established in 1981 as an exhibition site, which gradually grew into a permanent exhibition. The main emphasis in the museum is on popularizing the work of local artists - representatives of different peoples of the Mari El Republic. Thus, the museum’s collections develop the idea of ​​national tolerance and mutual understanding on a solid art platform.

13. Museum of folk art

Museum of 1999, dedicated to the creativity and cultural heritage of the peoples of the republic. The collection is located on the territory of a wooden house that belonged to a government official before the 1917 Revolution. Tourists will be interested in visiting an excursion or a master class, where they will teach some traditional craft and tell a lot of interesting facts and details.

14. Mari Youth Theater

Despite the name, the doors of the theater for young spectators are open to everyone, as they stage performances for adults, youth and children in Russian and Mari. It was formed in 1991. The repertoire is based on the works of Russian and world classics, as well as plays by national authors. More than once, the troupe took part in the Mayatul festival, which is attended by representatives of the Finno-Ugric peoples.

15. Mari Opera and Ballet Theater

The opera stage became an independent institution in 1994, since 2014 it has been located in a new building, which is considered the best in the Volga region in terms of equipment (for example, an organ for a theater was bought in Strasbourg). The repertoire includes classical operas, ballets, operettas, musical performances for children. Often famous soloists of the best theaters of Russia come here to please the audience with their skill.

16. Drama Theater named after M. Shketan

The oldest scene of Mari El, founded in the 1920s on the basis of a school drama circle. For almost 100 years of existence, its own special traditions have developed here. The theater is located in a classic building with massive columns and a Greek portico surrounded by fir trees and flower lawns. Passing by, you immediately realize that this is a temple of art and the kingdom of Melpomene.

17. Russian Drama Theater named after G. Konstantinov

Six theaters for such a small town like Yoshkar-Ola - is this probably too much? Not at all, because everyone has a grateful audience. So the Russian Drama Theater can always count on its audience, who appreciates contemporary drama along with timeless classics. The institution has been operating since the 1920s and is one of the oldest in the capital of Mari El. The scene is located in a 1984 model building.

18. Annunciation tower

One of the buildings of the Tsarevokokshaysky Kremlin. Despite its small age (the entire complex was erected in 2007), it looks like a real historical landmark, as it was built in compliance with all the canons of Russian stone architecture - from afar it even resembles the Moscow Kremlin tower due to the same color and shape. In the middle of the structure there is an arched passage, in the central part there is a clock with chimes.

19. Annunciation Cathedral

The magnificent architectural complex is the dominant of the entire development of the central part of Yoshkar-Ola, built in 2010 in the Russian style. The facade of the temple is generously decorated with rich decor and painting, the elegant entrance porch resembles the entrance to the luxurious royal chambers, the graceful tent bell tower is crowned with a dome shining in the sun. The cathedral looks like a bright blossoming bud during the spring flowering period.

20. Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The church was erected in 2006 on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Victory at the initiative of the head of the republic and the local archbishop. The building was built in neo-Byzantine style. The external facade does not have a lot of decor, however, due to the contrast of the color of the roof and walls, the temple looks quite festive. Graduates of the Yoshkar-Ola art school worked on the mosaic covering the arches and ceiling.

21. Church of the Holy Trinity

Trinity Church is the first stone building of Yoshkar-Ola - it began to be erected in the first half of the 18th century.But she did not survive today, as she did not survive the upheavals of the Soviet era. The modern building of the 2000s is a mixture of Baroque style and traditional Russian architecture, typical of Central Russia of the XVII – XVIII centuries. Due to the abundance of decorative kokoshniks, stucco moldings and carved elements, the facade of the church seems slightly overloaded, but still very picturesque and solemn.

22. Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ

The construction of the mid-18th century, partially built at the expense of the Kazan merchant V.F. Bulygin, partially - with donations from the townspeople, has not survived to the present day, it was demolished in the 1960s. The modern building, erected in the same place in 2010, is a classic baroque church with a tent bell tower. It blends harmoniously with the surrounding landscape.

23. Ascension Cathedral

Compared to other temples of Yoshkar-Ola, as if competing among themselves in the beauty and splendor of architecture and decoration, the Ascension Cathedral does not shine with bizarre shapes, colors and rich decoration. Still - after all, this is the only religious institution that has survived to our days in its historical form and has not been completely destroyed during the USSR, although the victim was pretty bad.

24. Botanical Garden-Institute of the Perm State Technical University

The Botanical Garden was founded in 1927 as the first plant nursery in the republic. Today it is a unique museum of nature, which collected species from all five continents: decorative, medicinal, fruit, edible. The main tasks of the garden are the conservation and cultivation of rare plants, scientific and educational activities and the promotion of environmental principles.

25. Central Park of Culture and Rest

The city park, created and equipped in the middle of the 20th century, is a popular place for family holidays, friendly meetings, walks and leisure activities. On its territory there are a large number of sculptures, fountains, alleys, decorative lawns, and, of course, there are attractions, where would you go without them. On holidays, there are organized festivals, musical groups and folklore groups perform.

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What to see in Yoshkar-Ola in 1-2 days

For an independent holiday in Yoshkar-Ola, one or two days is enough to get a general idea of ​​the city: to see the main panoramas and historical sights. The second day can be devoted to reviewing the remaining attractions, going to museums, relaxing in parks.

Classic sightseeing tour around the city: Tsarevokokshaysky Kremlin - along Voznesenskaya street to the Church of the Ascension of the Lord - along Tsargradsky prospect to Patriarch's square - Bruges embankment - after the Wedding Palace on Theater Bridge - the area of ​​Voskresenskaya embankment. The entire route is about 3 km, at the same time it covers the historical center of the city and new “postcard” embankments, monuments, a temple of the mid-18th century, Medici Park. The listed attractions of Yoshkar-Ola are also available in winter.

A long walk is about 5-6 km: after a review of Voskresenskaya embankment and Nikonov Square along Chavayna Boulevard to TsPKiO, then along Komsomolskaya Street to Leninsky Prospekt - the government center of Yoshkar-Ola with Obolensky-Nogotkov Square. Museums, theaters, monuments are concentrated in the area of ​​the square, after their review you can go up to the Central Park on the side of Pervomaiskaya Street, where the memorial complex - Walk of Fame begins.

The route “photo-hunting” behind the Yoshkar-Ola monuments will be fascinating. In total, there are more than 80 sculptures, busts and compositions in the city, and many of them are very original, characterizing the city. This is a couple of "Yoshkin cat" and "Yoshkin cat" 200 meters from each other, sculptures of fairy-tale and epic characters on Voznesenskaya and Sovetskaya streets, a monument to the letter "Y", "Pushkin and Onegin", monumental monuments, fountains in the squares and, of course same, a monument to one of the founders of the city - I. A. Obolensky-Nogotkov on the square named after him.

Monument to Pushkin and Onegin on Voskresenskaya embankment © Artyom Mirny

Where to go in Yoshkar-Ola with a child

The tourist route to the sights of Yoshkar-Ola with a child is practically no different from the basic one: it is pleasant and comfortable to walk (even with a stroller) along the new embankments, which offer a view of the stylized red brick buildings.

In summer, the main entertainment for families can be a vacation in the city. The whole season for children there are carousels, swings, trains, inflatable trampolines and other attractions. An option for the whole family is a new Ferris wheel with a view of the city. For kids, several rides in the summer are also set on St. Mary's Square. Active family vacations are available all year round in two Ice Palaces, in the indoor arenas of which mass skating is held.

The children's cultural program in Yoshkar-Ola can be thought out for several days. Excellent performances for children from young to old are staged in the Mari Youth Theater, and in two languages ​​- Russian and Mari. No less titled - productions of the Opera and Ballet Theater. In the Republican Puppet Theater, which looks like a fairytale castle, your favorite fairytale characters meet children on the weekend. By the end of December and by the New Year's weekend, all city theaters are preparing a children's holiday poster.

Excursions for students are held in the largest museums in Yoshkar-Ola, devoted to the history of the city and the Republic of Mari El. The exposition of the new Museum of Ceramics will be interesting for younger schoolchildren, where the characters of books and films stand out among the classical folk figurines. As in the Museum of Folk Applied Arts, master classes are regularly held here.