Cheboksary, Russia, captial of the small Chuvash Republic along Russia’s western front, is one of the most beautiful cities in the Volga Region. Surrounded by nature, the city is filled with cozy parks, squares and churches, as well as museums and monuments dedicated to local heroes and Chuvash culture.
Embankment of Cheboksary Bay
A favorite place for city residents is Cheboksary Bay, whose embankment offers glorious views and a fantastic vantage point for watching the sun rise and set. Horseback riding, amusement park rides, beaches, cafes and well-stocked souvenir shops complete the lineup for a memorable day.
Statue of the Patron Mother
Statue of the Patron Mother is the main attraction not only of Cheboksary but all of Chuvashia. The sculpture depicts a mother protecting children and is designed in such a way that it seems as if she embraces the entire city to bless its citizens and protect them from harm. Erected on May 9th, 2003, the monument is in the city’s historical district on a hill near Cheboksary Bay’s western embankment.
Monument of Love
On July 8, 2016, the National Day of Family, Love and Fidelity, a monument to patron saints of marriage Peter and Fevronia was erected on the square near the walls of Holy Trinity Monastery. The monument represents a Christian marriage based on love, loyalty and family values and depcits lovers Peter and Fevronia holding a dove in their palms as an angel hovering above them with a cross blesses them.
Monument to Chapaev
Legendary military commander Vasily Ivanovich Chapaev is a native of Cheboksary, and at the site of the former village of Budaiki where he was born, Chapaev Square was created in memory of him. The square includes a bronze sculpture of a dashing commander on a horse with a saber in his hand. The statue stands on a granite pedestal with bas-reliefs containing symbols of the Russian Civil War in which Chapaev fought.
Monument to Yuri Gagarin
On April 12, 1976, on National Cosmonautics Day, a monument to Yuri Gagarin was erected in Cheboksary and is now considered a city landmark. Found at the intersection of Gagarin Street and Lenin Avenue, it consists of an aluminum figure of an astronaut in a silver spacesuit standing on a black granite pedestal and accompanied by a commemorative engraving.
Musical Theater Building
The unique architecture of Cheboksary’s famous Opera and Ballet Theater never fails to attract attention. On the front of the building, the shape of a harp is depicted through the alternation of light marble and gold-colored metal plates. Built in 1985, the theater was formerly called Chuvash Music and Drama Theater and Chuvash State Musical Theater, eventually becoming Chuvash State Opera and Ballet Theater in 1993.
Chuvash Music and Drama Theater opened in 1960 with a performance of the first Chuvash national opera entitled "Water Mill". The Maxim Mikhailov Musical Opera Festival has been held annually at the theater since 1991, and the International Ballet Festival since 1997.
Grand Staircase of Cheboksary
A staircase leading to the Opera and Ballet Theater from Cheboksary Bay and the Singing Field was built in 2000 to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Chuvash Republic. It consists of 130 steps and offers a magnificent view of Moscow Bridge, the Government House, fountains and the concert venue where open-air festivals and other events are held when Cheboksary’s weather permits.
Republican Memorial Victory Park
Victory Park is located on a hill that looms above the entire city and can be seen from the shores of Cheboksary Bay. The park features World War II monuments and memorials dedicated to the soldiers who died in Chechnya, Afghanistan and the Chernobyl accident. The first monument, which depcits a mother holding a banner before a kneeling soldier, was erected in 1980. At the foot of the monument burns an Eternal Flame atop a granite pedestal. Victory Park is also home to the Alley of Heroes, the Museum of Military Equipment, a cascading fountain and Chapel of St. John the Warrior.
Boulevard Merchant Efremov
Boulevard Merchant Efremov is a well-known street which the Cheboksary population refers to as “Arbat”. Merchant Efremov was a patron of the arts who made a huge contribution to the development of the city at the turn of the 20th century. A favorite place to stroll for citizens and guests alike, the boulevard is lined with the Efremov Family Mansion, a museum, drama theater and many cafes, stores and souvenir shops. A bronze composition dedicated to the heroes of the famous novel "The Twelve Chairs" was added in 2012.
Church of St. Michael the Archangel
Church of St. Michael the Archangel was built at the expense of parisoners in 1702 and is part of the Cheboksary Kremlin Ensemble. Although the historical reason for its constrcution remains unclear, local legend claims that merchant brothers who constantly quarreled once lived in Cheboksary, Russia. One day the younger brother, in a fit of rage, swore that he would not attend the same church as his elder brother and vowed to build a chapel of his own. He proceeded to build Church of St. Michael the Archangel.
The church was built in the Russian Baroque style. Before the revolution, the Tikhvin Icon of the Mother of God was kept in the church and revered by Orthodox followers as miraculous. After the Russian Revolution of 1917, however, it disappeared and has not been found to this day.
From 1927 until the 1990s, Church of St. Michael the Archangel housed the state archives and a library. In 1996, after restoration efforts were completed, services were reinstated, and it remains active to this day.
Chuvash National Museum
Chuvash National Museum, founded in 1921, is a great way to become familiar with the customs and rituals of the Chuvash people. It contains more than 160 thousand exhibits related to local culture and history. Displays span the Stone Age to modern times and include ancient utensils, household items, national clothing and jewelry.
Cheboksary Beer Museum
Brewing has long been a part of the Chuvash culture, and Cheboksary is known for its excellent beer whose high quality meets international standards. Every Chuvash holiday includes beer, and it is only natural that Cheboksary would have a beer museum where you can learn the history and secrets of local production and, of course, take part in taste-tasting the delicious drink.