Our city is one of the most beautiful provincial cities of the country, the heart of steel industry, a centre of business and trade. Stary Oskol is filled with contrasts. Founded in 1593 as a fortress for the defense of the southern borders of the Moscow State, it is ancient, but it is modern, too. As many cities in Russia it’s informally divided into three parts: the Centre, the Southwest and the Northeast.
The centre is the oldest part of Stary Oskol. The main street of this part is Lenin Street. Here is impressive centuries old architecture next to modern buildings of glass and concrete. The banks and big companies have their head offices there. This part offers so much; from wooden cottages and narrow lanes to large parks, abundant areas for country rambles and bustling crowds on the shopping streets. It is the place, where Oskolers celebrate the official holidays and dates of the city and the country, the place of meetings and parades. Stary Oskol has enough attractions to satisfy the most fickle of visitors. Lenin Street is often the first place on which a visitor becomes acquainted with Stary Oskol- and just as often, it’s the last stop, for a lingering farewell. And it’s no wonder. The Regional Museum of Local History is situated here. Its excursions are a voyage back in time. It houses archeological, art and industrial collections. The Regional Museum of Fine Arts is located there too. It’s one of the youngest museums in the city. The main part of the collection is the works of local painters and from other cities.
For visitors hungry for history and religious, there’s no shortage of diversions. The pride of Stary Oskol is its 8 temples. Christo-Rogdestvenskiy Temple was built on the green hill in the north part of the city in the 2000s. The cathedral was visited by the Head of Russian Orthodox Church Alexey II. He said: “The spirit rebirth of Russia begins here”.
Stary Oskol played a significant role in the history of the country. During the World War II this area became the scene of cruel fighting. For Courage and Bravery of Oskolers the city was awarded the honorary title “City of Military Glory” by a decree of the President of the Russian Federation in May 5 2011. Oskolers cherish the memory of those, who gave their lives for the freedom of the Motherland. There are monuments devoted to the famous war time commanders: Zhukov and Vatutin, memorial in Atamansky forest, the Common Grave and Eternal Flame in Lenin Street, Alley of Heroes in the northeast part to honour the memory of the fallen.
Bursting with museums and historical sights, it can keep you on feet for hours. Cozy cafes in the Southwest part sit side by side with trendy restaurants and sophisticated boutiques offering world - class design in garment, textiles, and glass. When you are ready to relax, the night life can be as sedate as a drink in the bars, or as invigorating as the crowded dance floors of the clubs. When it’s warm, dinning in side walk cafes is a popular option. Couples stroll across park, mothers with children play on the grassy expenses of the city’s parks, while kids gather around fountains for a refreshing dip.
Visitors of Stary Oskol are often struck by the completely modern sense of a living, breathing city. It is not a stuffy city: in fact, it’s as friendly as they come. More than that, it’s an attractive and interesting place to live in. It ranks first among the Russian cities with a population from 100 to 500 thousand people for its tidiness and accomplishement.
Architects set out to achieve harmony in unifying the landscape with the buildings. As golf has become a passion among city dwellers a green field has been created to pursue their favourite leisure- time sport. Ice palace has become a familiar sight on the horizon north of the city. The arena holds up about 1000 people and is the place for big sports events, concerts and gala parties. It`s a birthplace of legendary sportsmen Fyodor Emelyanenko, Denis Lebedev and silver Olympic Champion Elena Sokolova .
Dozens of buildings of old Stary Oskol were reconstructed, hundreds of new industrial, commercial and consumer facilities, as well as housing estates, were built. It has elegant houses, green parks and recreation areas.
Bathed in light, Stary Oskol is a regal matron with a sly grin; ancient to her bones but youthful in her embrace.
We invite you to visit our hospitable land!
Ученики 5 «К» класса поздравляют командира взвода Шипова Андрея и старосту Мамыкина Никиту с присвоением звания «Кадет» и вручением погон на торжественном построении кадетского корпуса «Виктория», посвященном Дню воинской славы России-Дню народного единства и Празднованию иконы Казанской божьей Матери.