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Strelka

Strelka is the name of the place where the Oka river falls into the Volga river.  It is one of the symbols of Nizhny Novgorod, a place where the Volga and the Oka form a triangular cape. The waters of these two great rivers continue flowing without mixing for a long time. One can even see a boundary between the yellow water of the Oka and the blue water of the Volga.


View of Strelka is one of the most breathtaking ones in Nizhny Novgorod. There is no surprise that many artists and photographers depicted its beauty in their works. It seems that this serene landscape never changes. But sunsets come and go, seasons replace each other, the weather changes. All these factors create a unique framing to the rivers’ confluence and give a special mood to each picture or photo. Therefore, being so often depicted, Strelka is always different and unique. You may enjoy the most admirable view of Strelka from the walls of ancient Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin or from the top of the Chkalov staircase.  In this case, you face Alexander Nevsky Cathedral built in 1881 in commemoration of Emperor Alexander II and Empress Maria Feodorovna’s visit to Nizhny Novgorod. The cathedral was built without a traditional foundation, just on the layers of pine logs joined together like a raft. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is the third largest church in Russia, ranking after the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow and St. Isaac's StrelkaCathedral in St. Petersburg. Since 2005, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is the only Russian church to host the icon with the relics of martyrs Cyprian and Justina.

 

In front of you and between the rivers the Lower Part of Nizhny Novgorod stretches out. It occupies the most of its territory. From the walls of the Kremlin you can easily distinguish golden domes of numerouStrelkas churches, blue lakes among green groves, and passenger and cargo ships floating up and down the rivers.