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Old July 14th, 2007, 03:26 AM   #1
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Rostov-on-Don - the capital of Russian South

Rostov-on-Don is the largest city in the Russian South at just over 1 million people. It is also the most important in the region, and is one of the most important cities in all of Russia, buth culturally and economically. Last year, the percentage increase of foreign investments as compared to the previous year was higher than those of Moscow and St. Petersburg. This summer, Putin and leaders of most former Soviet countries held a summit here, as well
as Hugo Chavez who came down to make an order for an array of helicopters, produced at the city's Rosvertol complex, which also produces the world's largest helicopters. Overall, it's a great place (and I'm not just hyping it - I'm comparing to other cities I visited and in which I lived) with busy streetlife, high density, well-developed public transportation and no sprawl.

Looking east towards the city center, with the Western Crossing bridge in the foreground



The city's main department store









The Rostov Cathedral, from which the architect derived the general design for Temple of Christ
the Savior, Russia's main cathedral, located in Moscow.











Approaching the Voroshilov Bridge, the city's main link to the Left Bank of the Don River



One of the highest bridges in Russia at 60 meters, or 197 feet, over water



Looking east from the bridge; this is a very small fraction of the city's skyline (one day I'll stitch a pano together that spans about ten kilometers of highrises, which still shows half the city's skyline at most)



The Don River, the lifeline of the region and the center of the Don Cossack culture, which is one of Russia's signature culture branches; it's also the source of damn good crayfish

Also notice the absence of sprawl



The Stella, built to commemorate the city's struggle against the Nazis; I don't know how
tall it is, but for scale comparison, the golden figure on top is somewhere between 10 and 20 meters, or 30 and 60 feet, tall. The monument looks breathtaking at night, with its newly installed lighting



The Promenade that stretches for miles along the Don, which marks the city's south border
(same as the Hudson is Manhattan's western border)





Radisson Hotel, the blue building in the back, is about to open on the Promenade



Mercury Hotel or whatever it's called nowadays; to me, since childhood it's always been The Building With Wings



The complex terminates the Promenade on the west



Looking west towards the railroad bridge; in Russia, we never had the likes of GM and others to screw over public transit ("Who needs freight trains when we can transport train cars one by one across streets and highways, driven by underslept rednecks? Besides, my buddies at Ford and I will make a buck on those 18-wheelers"), so our railroads are still going strong



It's no San Francisco, but hey





Built on a hilly terrain, the city has historically been one of the nation's densest





Looking west down Bolshaya Sadovaya Ulitsa, or the Grand Garden Street, the city's main
street, towards the Rostov TV Tower, tunning at night with its lattice lit up in different colors



That's all for now, more coming later.
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Old July 14th, 2007, 03:54 AM   #2
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Not bad, pleasantly impressed

Thanks for sharing
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Old July 14th, 2007, 04:18 AM   #3
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Great pice LeCom! Never been there, enjoyed your tour.
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Old November 16th, 2007, 08:54 PM   #4
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nice pics. used to live there for a couple of years...
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Old November 16th, 2007, 09:08 PM   #5
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Old September 24th, 2008, 06:04 PM   #6
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I've been there. It's no Moscow, but it's a million times friendlier and it's becoming a little more prosperous! Lovely city.
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Old September 24th, 2008, 06:12 PM   #7
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Looks nice - Thanks
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i have to say some of the most interesting interesting architecture of any city posted here on SSC
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Old September 25th, 2008, 05:40 AM   #9
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While we wait for LeCom to update, here's a couple of my favorite Rostov photos. The hi-rises are few and far in between, the skyline has some catching up to do, but in terms of urban planning, Rostov is as dense as any Western European city.





Rostov epitomizes of the "new Russia." While the city boasts an amazing heritage - one very significant to Russia's social, cultural and political history - it is also an innovative city willing to accept new challenges. Rostov is consistently setting trends among Russian provincial capitals and is always expanding, not just in terms of population, but economically, politically, artistically and socially.

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Old September 25th, 2008, 06:13 PM   #10
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WOW!! Those pics Major Deegan are so nice!
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Old September 26th, 2008, 04:53 PM   #11
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I'm going to assume these pictures from LeCom are self taken and move this to Urban Showcase. If that is not the case, please correctly credit them and then pm me and I can move it back to Cityscapes. Thanks!
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