Interesting facts about Samara
Since 1849 the Strukovsky garden was considered to be the biggest and most beautiful park in Samara and before the revolution it was famous for its ice-cream in all the parts of the Volga region.
In 1915 in Samara, the horse tram was replaced for the first time in Russia with the tram that had been fully constructed from domestic materials.
The well-known beer «Zhigulyovskoe» was created in Samara. February 23, 1881 is considered to be the date of its creation. On that very day Alfred von Wakano from Austria has begun to brew Vienna beer.
During the period from 1928 to 1936 Samara was the capital of the Volzhsky region which included in itself Samara, Ulyanovsk, Penza and Orenburg regions.
From January 27, 1935 to January 25, 1991 Kuibyshev was the name for Samara, in honor of V.V.Kuybyshev who was the famous Soviet statesman.
The Kuibyshev Aviacomplex was created from the all evacuated factories during the war of 1941-1945. The well-known MiG-3 and attack planes Il-2 were made here as the most massive planes of the fortieth years. One of the attack planes is placed on the «ring» of the Kirov prospectus and the highway Moskovskoye.
Iversky convent is situated in Samara and it keeps the Saint miracle-working Icon of Mother of God.
During the period of Great Patriotic War (1941-1945) the city of Kuibyshev was considered as the «duplicate» for the capital of the Soviet Union.
In the period of war Dmitry Shostakovich was evacuated to Kuibyshev. Here his well-known Seventh "Leningrad" symphony was heard for the first time.
The river front of the city is laid out with granite which was brought from fascist Germany.
The Kuibyshev Iron & Steel Works gave 60% of all aluminum released in the Soviet Union.
The most massive Soviet plane Tu-154 was also made in Kuibyshev.
One of the most known monuments in the city is the carrier rocket "Soyuz" which was also made here.
The Kuybyshev Square is the biggest square in Europe. It occupies the territory in 17,4 hectares. The Red Square in Moscow is one hectare smaller.
The building of the railway station in Samara is considered to be the highest station in Europe. It's about 100 meters.