Bolshaia Pokrovskaia Street
Bolshaia Pokrovskaia Street; formerly Sverdlov, informally
called Pokrovka or Sverdlovka, connects
Minin and Pozharsky Square with Gorky
Square and crosses the historical central part of the city. A
favorite place for strolling and shopping, Bolshaia Polrovskaia
is a pedestrian street closed to all traffic except emergency
vehicles and delivery vans. It takes approximately half an hour
to cover the distance from the Kremlin
to Gorky Square if you do not stop for shopping.
Historically, Pokrovka was one of the first streets in the city.
Today the street is remarkable for its architecture. Most
buildings date back to the nineteenth or the very beginning of
the twentieth century.
The former building of the City Council, designed by the
academician architect V. Zeidler in French baroque. At
present, it houses the Regional Trade Union Center and a
The former building of the Verkhne-Posadskie market stalls.
After the 1904-05 reconstruction it housed the municipal public
library. Busts of Pushkin, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy were placed
in the niches of the portico. The Exhibition Hall, with the
main entrance on Minin Square, an art salon and the Kharbin
Chinese restaurant, with its entrance on Pokrovskaia Street, are
You may visit a casino here.
The bar "Edem".
- An art salon and museum displaying works of the famous
nineteenth century Russian photographer, Andrei O. Karelin.
- Aeroflot Airline Agency.
- "Le Monti" Store.
The State Bank (1913).
Currency Exchange. Famous architects
competed for the right to design the bank, and B. Pokrovsky's
design was chosen. It is a peerless building in Russian
architecture. History, done in the modern style, typical for
the beginning of the century. The bank's interior is also
remarkable. The painting on the walls and the vault in the hall
were designed by the famous artist and illustrator of Russian
folk tales, Ivan Bilibin and executed by the Pashkov brothers.
- The Western Store.
- The Vitalich Restaurant.
An art salon.
The University's Department of Applied Physics and
The "Orlenok" Cinema.
- The Kolisei Restaurant, one of the best in the city.
- A drug store.
The Nizhni Novgorod Puppet Theater;
performances for adults and children.
"Khudozhestvennye promysly" - Khokhloma, Palekh and other folk
crafts. The Museum of Handicrafts of the Nizhni Novgorod region
is on the top floor.
The "Oktiabr" Cinema
The post office.
The central post office in Nizhni Novgorod has three entrances:
- inter-city telephone (on Gorky Square)
- telegraph, fax, letters (on Vorobeva Street)
- parcels section (on Zvezdinka Street)
- Gorky Square, 2 "Knigi", a bookstore.