Park Blonie

Blonie Park is one of the most beloved and cozy attractions of Smolensk. This is a small Park located in the heart of the city and surrounded on all sides by historical buildings. For example, from the North to the Park adjoins the building of the Smolensk state drama theatre. A. S. Griboyedov, on the East side there is the Smolensk regional Philharmonic (the former house of the Noble Assembly), on the South – Art gallery (the building of the former Real school), and on the West – the Central post office. These are just some of the attractions surrounding the Park.

To a knowledgeable person, only one name of the Park can tell a lot about the history of this wonderful place. "Blonie" or "Bologna" - a native Russian word, it is said in the dictionary of Dahl's "nearest circle of the city, suburb, Sloboda" in the middle ages Smolyan used Blonie for grazing. Only in the middle of the XVI century, the area was included in the city limits and it settled scelzi and gunners. According to one of the Smolensk legends, during a visit to Smolensk Empress Catherine II, expressed dissatisfaction with the view of the city from the Sovereign's Palace, which was North of blonye, and ordered to break on this site parade ground-the main square for training troops. The Empress was executed and Blonie really was a place for military drill, while in 1830 by decree of Emperor Nicholas I it is not being transformed into an urban garden.

It would not be an exaggeration to say that today's resin is very, very grateful to Nicholas I for his decision. Because the Park is Blonge every day always attracts them with its magical atmosphere: the tall old maples, intricately twisted cobblestone paths, wrought iron benches, the immortal music of M. I. Glinka, a wonderful fountain - the heart of the Park.

About the monument to the great Russian composer, a native of Smolensk Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka should tell more. The bronze monument was erected with the funds raised by the all-Russian subscription. On one of the faces of the pedestal bears the inscription "Hlinka Russia.1885", on the other two sides lists the names of the works of the composer. The openwork fence of the monument-musical lines-24 fragments of Glinka's works. Nowadays, every hour around the monument sounds music: familiar to everyone since childhood fragments of musical masterpieces of the composer.

In Front of the Glinka monument is the building of the former noble Assembly of Smolensk - an interesting architectural monument and a cultural heritage of the Federal level.

This picturesque house immediately immerses its guests in the atmosphere of the XIX - early XX century - at the very time when There were M. I. Glinka, Maxim Gorky, Fyodor Chaliapin, Sergei Rachmaninoff, came with an exhibition of artists-Wanderers, cultural life was boiling... What was not only in this beautiful building after the revolution: and the house of Soviets, and medical Institute. Only in 1988 classical music began to play again in the old walls-the building was given to the Smolensk regional Philharmonic.

Today, the Philharmonic is pleased Smolyan wonderful concerts, as well as the ability to feel the hands of the dish already in the past centuries, to give vent to the imagination. Every year, in the second half of may - early June Smolensk regional Philharmonic becomes the center of music festivals named after Glinka, which are held in Smolensk since 1958. It is the place of honor presentation of certificates to the graduates, who later in life dropped them proud of the honour. Is it worth it to come here? Definitely, Yes!

There are a lot of interesting places around Blonie And in the Park, for example, at the main alley you will find bronze sculptures of deer and two lions – these are military trophies brought from the estates of East Prussia to Smolensk after the end of the great Patriotic war. Well, in the heart of the Park is a cozy and quite large cafe "Russian yard" - a favorite resin, and especially children, a place where you can dine or just drink tea with pancakes.

Come to Smolensk and take a walk in the Park Blonie! Here you can meet people of all ages, from small to large, because every corner of the Park pleases the soul and inspires.

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