The refined elegance of KhabarovskKhabarovsk, pop. 600 000, is
the largest city of the Russian Far East.
, 48.5N 135.1E Khabarovsk is located at the confluence of the
Amur River with its tributary the Ussuri River. In spite of the
location just 25 km from China, it looks quite European with
tree-lined streets and graceful architecture of the late 19th and
early 20th centuries.
Khabarovsk lies on the right bank of the Amur river, 40 km below
the confluence of the Amur and Ussuri.
These two rivers form a natural setting for a borderline between
Russia and China.
The Amur Bridge is located 4 km from the center of Khabarovsk.
Completed in 1916, it was described then as "the Amur wonder".The
total length of the bridge is 3,5 km.
Downtown Khabarovsk is mainly a set of paralel avenues running
down to the Amur river, the two most concurred being those that
start at the Dinamo park and the main square area
The old town and cultural quarter looks over the river
From the towns main square, decorated with fountains and
gardens, starts the elegant main street, Muravyov-Amursky
The long avenue stretches from the square down to the river
The Government of the Khabarovsk Krai, the province of
A magnificent simetrical set of 9 fountains decorates the
The two sets of four iron carved fountains are the squares main
Muravyov Amursky blv.
The main street, where shopping and cultural life take place,
and where most of the best buildings are located.
The main street looks more elegantly old-fashioned than any
other street in Khabarovsk, and is a live chronicle of the citys
Central department store L'Etoile (1914)N23, Muravyov
Entrance to the cafe Cup of tea", at the Central department
Sovkino movie theater,the oldest in Khabarovsk.
36, Muravyov Amursky
The Old Duma, one of the oldest buildings in the city. N 17-19
Tainy remesla : inside the Duma, a souvenir shop: ivory bone,
caskets, dolls, toys, goods made by native people of Far East,
decorations made of stone, wood and amber, ceramics.
Built in 1907-09
Theater for the young spectator, Khabarovsk Regional Youth
Old town hall, 1909
Street scenes- -
Caf RussiaRussian cuisine
Nurse School house
The Nurse schoolart-nouveau building, Muravyov-Amursky st.
Old town perspective
Lotus trade center, M-A 7
Trading center Kunst and Albers, with its summer esplanade
Downstreet to the river
Intersection with Ussuri and Turgenev streets
An elegant brick faade
Drugstore / pharmacy, M-A, 8
Far eastern State library of science(1900)Muravyov Amursky,
A Research library in Khabarovsk.
Another intricate red-and-gray brick faade.
Office Building of the Amur River Shipping Company. Built in
Towers of Khabarovsk
Cathedral Square, with Assumption Cathedral ( Komsomolskaya in
soviet times)Muravyov-AmurskyAmur Shipping Co.Shevchenko st.
museumsStairway down to the river
Shevchenko Street Culture and achitectureThere is a fantastic
cluster of museums along Shevchenko Street, just behind the tall
blue-domed Church on Komsomolskaya square towards the river.
The museums also have their home in some impressive century old
buildings dating back to before the revolution.
Fine Arts Museum and Concert hall7, Shevchenko st.orthodox
Concert hall of the Khabarovsk Krai Philharmonic, founded in
Art MuseumRanks amongst Russia's best and has been awarded
numerous awards and commendations.
The museum has an impressive collection of Russian and European
art dating back to the 15th century, as well as samples of art by
native nationalities of the region.
Rebecca al PozzoTiziano Vecellio (1488-1576).
Among other precious works, one from Canaletto pictures the
Santa Maria Maggiore a Roma (1769).
A rich collection of early Slavic icons
The Local Lore Museum, or Far Eastern Arts Museum 11, Shevchenko
One of the oldest museums in the Russian far east, laid out in 6
sections in an impressive 1894 red-brick building.
Set up in 1931, at present it holds over 10,000 pieces of
Russian and Western Arts, as well as, a unique collection of the
Far Eastern aboriginal applied arts, that includes fish skin
outfits, beautiful carpets and bone-engraved items.
Nanai (round) and Oroch (square) birch baskets from the
Khabarovsk region.Hunter's hat called bogdo from the village of
Gvasiugi, Amur River
Inupiaq pincushion from Kotzebue, Alaska,1986, of bleached
sealskin, leather, felt, sequins, and beads.
The museums main feature are the reproductions and diagrams of
the wide-eyed figures found at the ancient Sikachi-Alyan
petroglyphs. some dating from 30 000 years ago.
The Petroglyphs of Sikachi-Alyan
Travelling down the Amur river, some cliff-pictures can be found
by the village of Sikachi-Alyan. They are the most valuable source
of cognition of history and culture of the indigenous peoples.
They have also been added to the UNESCO World Heritage list.
A petroglyph on a rock by the Amur river
Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of SciencesKhabarovsk
Scientific Center 9, Shevchenko st.
Institute of Applied Mathematics Computer Center Institute for
Material Studies Institute of Machinery and Metallurgy Mining
Institute Institute of Water and Ecological Problems Economic
Research Institute Institute of Complex Analysis of Regional
Problems Institute of Tectonics and Geophysics
The russian orthodox Grado-Khabarovsk Cathedral of Mother of
Constructed in 2002. to replace the cathedral destroyed in the
The walkway down to Khabarovsk's Amur River embankment reflects
the citys order, elegance and cleanliness
The city park
Broad avenue with up and down tram lines, hotels and shops,
starting at the Railway Station and stretching down to the Amur
river walk, where it joins Shebyshev Street.
Khabarovsk Railway Station
The railways, from west and east, from north and south are
coming together in Khabarovsk. The Railway square is the Railway
Gates of Khabarovsk City..
Ocean Express Okean, runs from Khabarovsk to Vladivostok
The Trans Siberian railroad
The Trans Siberian railroad, the longest in the world, goes
through Khabarovsk and connects the Far East with the central
Bench in the platform
The Station square, where Amursky boulevard starts.
Tram lines run along the first part of Amursky blv.
Volochaevskaya street crosses from Amursky blv. to
Restaurant KhabarovskVolochaevskaya street
Public art on a bench, Amursky blv
Far Eastern State Transport University formed in 1937 as the
Khabarovsk Institute of Railway Transport Engineers.
The arch, a neoclassical building
Innokenti church (St. Innocent of Irkutsk)
By the Amur River, this is the oldest church in Khabarovsk.
The first wooden church in Khabarovsk
Bbuilt in 1868, two years later it was consecrated and named as
Innokentievskaya, in the honor of the holy Innokenty, the first
bishop of Irkutsk city, patron of Siberia and the Russian Far
30 years later, instead of the wooden one, a new stone building
was constructed, which is kept till now with few changes.
Turgenev street aproaching the cathedral
Cathedral church of the Saviours Transfiguration
Only completed in 2004, at 83 meters this is the 3rd tallest
church in all Russia
The spectacular set of the cathedral and the seminary makes this
square the most monumental in town.
The orthodox seminary
Perspective of the cathedral area and the Amur river.
City Hall of KhabarovskClose to Dinamo park
Far Eastern Railway Co.
Lions close toCity Park entry
Very popular on sunny days; the water ponds are searched for
splashing and cooling down.
Church of Princess Elizabeth the Great
(railway hospital church)
Near Voronezhskaya st(off center)
Khabarovsk CircusVolochaevskaya st.
The Circus is a popular place. It keeps going year round.
Talented and well-known circus groups from Moscow and St.
Petersburg come to Khabarovsk.
Khabarovsk circus had a brand new home constructed a few years
back, in a impressive building. There will usually be guest
performances from all over Russia or even China.
Old town wooden houses
House with ghosts in the downtown of Khabarovsk. Nobody lives
The outdoor swimming pools
The Amur walk, the cliff and the beach
Ferry station Amur
In summer, boat cruises start from the beach.
Boat crusing on the Amur river
The Amur Cliff (Utyos)
This is where the city was founded in the spring of 1858: here
the mighty waters of the Amur River break against a high cliff.
The historical origin of Khabarovsk, 145 years ago
The cliff facing the Amur is an icon of the city; the building
at the top is now a restaurant - Caf Utyos - at the bottom of
Utyos is located an unusual art nouveau building from the
forties on top of the tall cliff dominating the waterfront. It has
a large balcony with spectacular views of the Amur,
Caf Utyos, 15 Shevchenko St.
The Amur balcons, overlooking to China
Khabarovsk in Winter
The Ice Fantasy FestivalAnnual ice sculpting competition that
has been held in January every year, the festival attracts some of
the best ice-sculptors.
Khabarovsk at night
The Amur River sets the fronteer between Russia and China; but
in places like this, several islands and canals make the line
dubious and some conflict exists: here the russians have buit in a
hurry a little chapel to affirm their sovereignt
Though from space it looks like a impact crater or the remnants
of an ancient volcano, the Kondyor Massif, in Russia, is an
An intrusion forms when molten magma of igneous rock
crystallizes below the surface of the earth, in this case forming a
perfectly circular rocky ring over a billion years ago. It lies in
the drainage basin of the lower Amur River in Khabarovsk Krai.
The intrusion is huge, five miles in diameter, and it occupies a
vast mountainous area along the coastline of the Sea of Okhotsk, an
arm of the Pacific Ocean.
The Amur tiger
Photos and text excerpts from
Mario Ricca, 2010