Volgograd monuments
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Russia, being a very large land mass you can almost call a continent when you see in the map, is a magnificent place to visit. Apart from the beautiful people and sceneries, the language, food, and culture are unique and equally worth noting as well. If you’re going to make a visit to the nation, you might try visiting Volgograd.

Volgograd, formerly known as Tsaritsyn and Stalingrad, is the heart of the administration of Volgograd Oblast. Situated on the Volga River’s western bank, it stretches 50 miles (80 kilometers) from north to south and is home to over a million people. If the city was never known before, it was made popular for resisting despite the extensive damage it received during the Battle of Stalingrad of World War II.

The foundation of the Tsaritsyn fortress in 1589 at the convergence of the Volga and Tsaritsa Rivers brought about the beginnings of Volgograd. Initially named after its fortress, the city became a very important commercial center and river port in the 19th century. The city’s name was changed to Stalingrad on April 10, 1925, and then to Volgograd (which means “Volga City”) in 1961.

Places worth seeing in Volgograd are a memorial complex in Mamayev Kurgan dominated by Mother Russia’s gi-normous allegorical sculpture, and the Panorama Museum on the Volga, which contains World War II artifacts (such as a panoramic Mamayev Kurgan battlefield painting and one of the rifles of famous sniper Vasily Zaytsev). Having been witness to the more intense wartime battles, the Mamayev Kurgan hill is actually one of the more famous tourist spots in the city.

Getting around Volgograd is no problem at all. The city is a major railway junction linked to Moscow, Astrakhan, Saratov, Ukraine’s Donbas region, Siberia, and the Caucasus. Through the city passes European route E40, which is the longest European route that connects Calais, France with Ridder, Kazakhstan. Local public transportation includes buses, trams, trolley buses, and the Volgograd Metrotram, a light rail service. Flying to and from the city is easy via the Volgograd International Airport which provides air links to the major Russian cities, and even Antalya, Aktau, and Yerevan.

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