Theatrical square in Rostov-on-Don is a place that is called the heart of the city. Thousands of Rostovites gather here for every big holiday. Tourists come here to see the Gorky Theater in the shape of a tractor, a large fountain and a monument to the Liberators. So charge your cameras and phones for hundreds of great shots.
Theater Square is surrounded by several parks named after Viti Cherevichkin and named after the October Revolution. Rostov residents love the first for its cozy alleys and silence, which you can hardly find in the very center of a million-plus city.
October Revolution Park is popular with parents with children, couples in love and tourists. Take a ride here on the largest Ferris wheel in the South of Russia: one of the best views of Rostov-on-Don opens up from a bird’s eye view. Then take a walk in the park, where you can see pink flamingos and other exotic birds for free. In addition, there is a Touching Zoo, so beloved by children: they can pet and feed the animals here.
History of the Theater Square in Rostov-on-Don
Initially, Teatralnaya was called Revolution Square, and it was renamed in 1927 after the construction of the theater. The theater itself, made in the best traditions of Soviet constructivism, resembles a tractor. During the war, the building was badly damaged, but then it was restored, along with changing the appearance of the square.
On Teatralnaya there is a monument to the soldiers-liberators. It was conceived to build it back in 1943, but there was no money for it, and the project was postponed several times. The stela “Liberators of Rostov” was built only in 1983.
There is a small square with a fountain next to the theater. Atlanteans hold a massive bowl on a pedestal, popularly called “men with a bowl.” The composition is surrounded by frogs and turtles. According to legend, the author of the fountain, the young sculptor Yevgeny Vuchetich, in retaliation for the flaws unknown to the general public, endowed the faces of animals with the features of the faces of mayors. During the war, the fountain was practically destroyed and restored in the 1950s.
Visit one of the productions of the Rostov Academic Drama Theater named after Maxim Gorky. Look at the building and see how it looks like a real tractor.
Then go to the memorial “Soldiers-Liberators of the City of Rostov-on-Don”. The 72-meter stele is crowned with the bow of a ship weighing 100 tons. The sculpture of the winged goddess of victory Nika adorns the monument from the side of the Don. The model of the Order of the Patriotic War of the 1st degree from the Theater Square. A bowl with water and eternal fire is located at the foot of the stele. As conceived by the architects, it combines height, water, fire, light and sound.
Theater Square at different times of the year
The theater square in Rostov-on-Don in the summer appears before tourists in all its splendor with green lawns and flower beds. The largest fountain in Rostov-on-Don works around the clock, and in the evenings you can see a light and music show. There are many attractions for children in the parks nearby.
Winter on Teatralnaya Square is beautiful in its own way. In the afternoon, you can take a photo with the heroes of New Year’s fairy tales and feed the squirrels in the Revolution Park: they are happy to treat themselves to nuts. In the evening, Theater Square is replete with hundreds of lights, among which the illuminated beauty stele stands out brightly.
As soon as spring comes, birds do not stop here. The first flowers appear on the lawns, and lovers appear on the benches.