The 25 best sights in Taganrog – descriptions and photos

What to see in Taganrog in one day

In Taganrog it is good to wander along the embankment of the Azov Sea and breathe the sea air.

Sailing enthusiasts often go to the city: here you can learn yachting, take part in competitions, rent a yacht and go on a boat trip.

Outside the Rostov region, Taganrog is better known as the birthplace of Anton Pavlovich Chekhov. Many come here to look at the house where the writer was born, to visit “Chekhov’s shop” and see famous Chekhov’s plays: “The Cherry Orchard” and “The Seagull.

For the first time I was in Taganrog when I was still in school age: we were taken on excursions to Chekhov’s places and told about the history of the city. Now I come here from Rostov-on-Don just to walk around and change the scenery. I’ll tell you what to see in the city if you only have one day for it.

What will you see?

How to get there

The nearest airport to Taganrog is in Rostov-on-Don. I wrote about how much tickets cost from Moscow and how to get from Platov to the city in my article about Rostov-on-Don.

You can go to Taganrog from Rostov by train, shuttle bus or rented car. Electric trains leave from Rostov Main station every half hour, one way ticket costs 122 P. Late at night you can go to Taganrog by “Lastochka” for 433 P . Regular trains take 1,5-2 hours, “Lastochka” takes 50 minutes. All suburban trains arrive to Taganrog-2 station.

The marshrutka from Rostov-on-Don to Taganrog runs all day from six in the morning. They leave from the main Rostov bus station and arrive at the Taganrog bus station. A one-way ticket costs 150 R, travel time – an hour and a half.

Rent a simple foreign car in Rostov-on-Don can be for 2000-2500 P per day. For example, Opel Astra 2013 with automatic transmission will cost 2300 R , and the new Renault Logan on the mechanics – in 2000 R. The journey takes 40-60 minutes, depending on traffic.

The route

Seaside Park and the adjoining beach of the same name are away from the main attractions of Taganrog, but it is an ideal place for walks. The park was opened in the 1960s, and then over the years planted trees and shrubs, including roses.

Now the park covers more than 19 hectares, which is about 25 soccer fields. Taganrog residents specifically bring folding armchairs to retreat in the shade of trees, read or just relax. However, there are also enough ordinary park benches.

In the Seaside Park I advise to visit the Alley of Anchors: there are anchors of Peter the Great times, which were fished out from the bottom of the Taganrog Bay and the Sea of Azov. Of the traditional attractions in the park there is a children’s carousel and playground, a fitness area for adults, cafe and a field for mini-football.

Entrance to the Primorsky Beach is free. Taganrog residents themselves visit it, but here, as well as on most other city beaches, the water is shallow.

Church of Nicholas the Wonderworker. From Seaside Park, you can walk along Lomakina Street, which smoothly turns into Shevchenko Street. The second point of the route is located on Shevchenko Street – the Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker. It was built in 1777-1778. The legend says that the place for the construction was not chosen by chance: it was here that Peter the Great pitched his tent, when he first arrived on the Taganiy Horn – the place that gave the city its name.

In the 20th century, the church suffered repeated damage: it burned during the Great Patriotic War, then in 1957 blew up its upper tiers. The temple was fully restored only in the 1990s. The relics of Paul of Taganrog are considered to be its main holy relic. This place is regularly visited by Orthodox citizens, especially many of them can be seen on Sundays.

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Bogudonia is a fishing village in the old part of Taganrog. There live hereditary fishermen. On the whole Bogudonia looks like a slum: diverse houses chaotically clinging to each other, here and there you can see the remains of the old paving stones, the narrow alleys are looped. It’s a very atmospheric place.

Bogudonia has its own beach. You have to go down a dilapidated staircase with ropes instead of handrails. So wear comfortable shoes if you plan to sit on the beach.

Chekhov’s cottage and the adjoining garden look neat as on the postcard. Merchant Pavel Chekhov, father of the Russian writer, lived there with his family for a year and a half.

Now the house is a memorial museum. Its total area is only 30.5 square meters. Here you can walk around the small rooms and examine the furnishings that surrounded the writer in his infancy. I was astonished by the length of the beds: it seems that at best a child could sleep on them. It turns out that people used to sleep half-sitting.

I had a ticket to the Chekhov House.

There are no tours, but you can ask the museum workers: they willingly tell the details of pre-revolutionary life and history of the Chekhov family. An adult ticket to the museum costs 100 R .

Pushkin embankment is a 20 minute walk from the Chekhov House. On the way to it you can see several Taganrog sights. One of them – the stone staircase, which is 108 meters long. At the top you can take a break and admire the embankment from the height.

On Pushkin embankment walk, ride bicycles and scooters, sit in cafes and admire the sea. The nearest bike rental is on Grecheskaya Street, 87. Rent a bike for an hour costs 100 P, electric scooter – 300 P. From the cultural sites on the waterfront can look monument to Pushkin and a monument in honor of the 300 th anniversary of Taganrog.

Taganrog Art Museum appeared in the city thanks to Chekhov. He wanted to open a city museum and appealed to the artist Ivan Repin, and he – to the Academy of Arts. As a result, Taganrog museum received several famous paintings by Russian painters.

After that, other artists began to donate their works to the museum. Now there are more than seven thousand exhibits, including paintings by Repin, Aivazovsky, Shishkin and Levitan. The ticket to the museum costs 150 R .

Petrovskaya street is the main street of Taganrog. It was renamed more often than central streets in other cities. It has had time to be Dvoryanskaya, Moskovskaya, Bolshaya, and, of course, Lenin Street.

Along Petrovskaya stretch numerous architectural monuments: houses of Taganrog merchants and noblemen, the building of the former cafe “Theater”, the city library, Park of Culture and Recreation and Taganrog Drama Theater. In addition, cafes, bars and restaurants are concentrated on Petrovskaya. In the warm season here you can see a large number of citizens, who leisurely dine in the shade of trees.

If you get hungry, I recommend stopping by “Madame Ku Ku”. It serves European cuisine, but among them there are unexpectedly burgers and dumplings. For example, quiche with poultry and mushrooms in cream sauce costs 270 R, roast beef salad – 350 R, onion soup – 250 R, duck leg with baked apples – 490 R. A portion of dumplings with potatoes will cost 250 R, a classic burger with beef cutlet – 390 R.

“Cult of Wine” on Petrovskaya – a bar where you can drink and eat: a burger with veal – 390 R, a set of bruschettas – 320 R, mussels in cream sauce – 470 R, beefsteak – 540 R .

Taganrog Chekhov Drama Theatre was built in 1827. It is one of the oldest theaters in southern Russia. Since 1980, the International theatrical festival “In the homeland of A. P. Chekhov” is held here. P. Chekhov’s homeland”, so Taganrog regularly receives guests from all over the world.

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The theatrical season began on September 5. In the near future you can see “Zoikina Apartment” by Mikhail Bulgakov, “Heavenly Tikhokhod”, a musical based on the Soviet film comedy, and “Pygmalion”. Tickets cost 300-400 P .

The Chekhovs’ shop is another museum dedicated to the writer. It is located in the house that the Chekhov family rented from 1869 to 1874. The Chekhovs lived on the second floor, while the first floor was the grocery store of Anton Pavlovich’s father. The writer himself spent part of his childhood and adolescence here – from 9 to 14 years. Memories of this period of life are in the stories “Vanka”, “I want to sleep”, “Kanitel”, “Father of the family”, “Heavy people”. Adult ticket costs 100 R .

At the Chekhovs’ Shop, you can take a detailed look at the setting and imagine the atmosphere in which Anton Pavlovich spent his childhood years. Besides interiors of living quarters and sales hall there are artworks of the writer’s brother Nikolay Chekhov as well as family photos.


Food. In Taganrog I definitely stop by the cafe “Freken Bock”. The concept and many details in the interior are dedicated to the Soviet actress Faina Ranevskaya. She voiced the housekeeper in the Carlson cartoon, hence the name of the café. And the menu pays tribute to the Soviet cinema on the whole: the menu includes salad “Devchata”, meat casserole “Autumn Marathon”, fresh fish “Wedding in Malinovka” and other familiar from childhood names of movies and cartoons. Salads and appetizers cost 190-330 R, soups – 180-220 R, main courses – 300-390 R, coffee – 70-190 R.

If you prefer chain establishments, have a look in “Sicily” or “Pitkofe”. Both cafes have large menus and average prices: you can have a snack for 350-450 R , lunch for 500-700 R .

Fresh pastries Taganrog citizens buy in private bakeries: pirozhki and buns cost 25-35 R, the assortment makes you think for a few minutes.

Monument to Faina Georgievna near the “Freken Bock” cafe – the actress, known for her ironic remarks and comedy roles, was born and spent her childhood in Taganrog

Souvenirs. To take with you memorable trinkets, look at the souvenir store near the Chekhov House. It sells plates with Chekhov, Peter the Great and Taganrog cityscapes, various busts of Anton Pavlovich, magnets, thimbles, figurines and the like. Small souvenirs cost 50-100 R, large – 350-500 R, a porcelain copy of Chekhov House – 600 R.

The neighborhood. On the way from Rostov-on-Don to Taganrog is Merzhanovo – a farmstead on the shore of the Taganrog Bay. In 2017, the shooting of the television series “Lighthouse Keeper” took place in this place. Especially for them were built scenery: a lighthouse and several houses. After the filming, the scenery became a local attraction: Rostov and Taganrog residents come to Merzhanovo to hold picnics and photo shoots. You can visit Merzhanovo by car.

25 best sights of Taganrog

The history of Taganrog is filled with significant historical events. It managed to be a Greek settlement, an Italian port and the first base of the Russian Navy. Moreover, well-known and prominent cultural figures – the writer A.P. Chekhov and actress F.P. Ranevskaya were born in the city. Many attractions are associated with these extraordinary people. Since the seventeenth century Taganrog has been a major commercial port.

Today Taganrog is perceived more as an industrial center, although it undoubtedly has untapped tourist potential. There are a lot of architectural monuments, museums with valuable expositions, historical monuments, parks and just beautiful and pleasant places for walking.

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The most interesting and beautiful places for walks. Photos and a brief description.

Stone stairs

The stairs were built at the expense of the merchant and philanthropist G. F. Depaldo in 1823. The length of the structure is 113 meters, the width reaches 7 meters and consists of more than 140 steps and 13 platforms. In the 1870s there were trees planted along the edges, in the 1930s the reconstruction added statues in the antique style, and at the base there was a square with fountains. The last restoration of the landmark took place in 2006.

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Stone stairs.

Taganrog Commercial Seaport

A harbor on the Sea of Azov, founded by Peter the Great as the first naval base of the state. By the XVIII-XIX centuries it has become a major seaport, through which the trade of grain, furs, iron, flax, caviar and other goods. The second birth of the harbor occurred in the 1990s, when it was reconstructed after a long break and opened to foreign ships.

Taganrog Sea Merchant Port.

The palace of Alferaki

It is a Greek style building richly decorated with decorative stucco in baroque style. The building was constructed in the middle of XIX century for a wealthy citizen, N. D. Alferaki, by the Petersburg architect A. I. Shtakenshneider. Already at the end of the century with the assistance of A.. P. Chekhov, a local history exposition was organized there, which is still working. The museum displays valuable archeological collections, finds from the XI-XIII centuries, as well as artefacts from the interiors of the nobles’ estates.

The palace of Alferaki.

Taganrog Art Museum

The collection is housed in a historic building from 1870, where the town mayor lived in the 19th century. The museum was founded in 1898 with the participation of A. P. Chekhov and I. E. Repin. Today, the funds contain more than 7,000 items, but small exhibition space does not allow to demonstrate even a small part of such a rich collection. Among the masterpieces are works by Aivazovsky, Surikov, Levitan, Repin and Korovin.

Taganrog Art Museum.

Chekhov Drama Theater

Theater stage was established in 1827, in 1866 it moved into the building, which was designed by N. Trusov and K. Londeron. In the 19th century the theater also hosted an opera company consisting mostly of Italian actors. In the 20th century the institution continued to develop even in spite of the events of the Second World War. Today, the theater is an important cultural center of the city and the entire region.

Chekhov Drama Theatre.

Museum of Urban Planning and Life

The only museum in Russia that reveals the themes of urban planning and way of life. The collection is housed in a mansion built in 1912 in the Art Nouveau style. The exposition was founded in 1981. It is devoted to changes in the appearance of Taganrog since its foundation. The exhibits include photographs, drawings, paintings and plans, as well as pieces of furniture and decorations.

Museum of Town Planning and Life.

Chekhov Literary Museum

The museum is situated in a former male gymnasium, where Anton Pavlovich studied. The building was built in the manner of Russian classicism by the project of F. K. Boffo. The date of the museum foundation is considered to be 1935, though most of the exhibitions of the complex were opened in the 1980s. Permanent collections are devoted to the life and works of Anton Chekhov. There are also regular temporary vernissages on the grounds.

Literary Museum of Anton Chekhov.

“Chekhov House.

Museum, which occupies a small outbuilding, where A.P. Chekhov was born. The building was erected in the mid-nineteenth century from mud-brick on the outhouse territory belonging to the merchant A.D. Gnutov (the outhouse was rented). The museum exposition started working in the 1920s, a couple of years after the opening a cherry orchard was planted around the building.

“Chekhov’s shop.”

Another Chekhov’s place in Taganrog, the shop is located on the grounds of a brick building from the 1840s. The writer’s father organized the trade in this place, as it was located at a busy intersection with a lot of customers. The first floor housed trading rooms, rooms and a kitchen with a dining room, the second floor was the main living area where the Chekhov family lived. Nowadays the shop has been reconstructed with its original furnishings.

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Faina Ranevskaya Museum

Innokenty Smoktunovsky started talking about opening a museum in the house where one of the most prominent Russian actresses of the 20th century was born and grew up in 1987. Unofficially, the exposition was organized by Professor N. P. Zagrai, engaged in preservation of the interiors of the Feldman family apartment. He hung a portrait of Faina Ranevskaya and placed a plaque on the facade. In this form the museum exists to this day.

Museum of Faina Ranevskaya.

Freken Bock Café

Art cafe created in 2009 not far from the house of Faina Ranevskaya in a brick XIX century mansion. The main concept is based on “Baby and Carlson”, the walls are decorated with photos of the actress. Literary evenings and art exhibitions as well as theatrical performances are held there. Since 2011 it has been one of the venues of the Chekhov book festival.

A. A. Durov Museum

А. A. A. Durov is a representative of the Russian circus dynasty, who during his tour in the 1920s acquired two estates in Taganrog, where he settled down with all the animals of his balagna. In 1987 in one of the houses was opened an exhibition devoted to the life of the artist. The building itself is an architectural monument of the early 20th century, built in the Art Nouveau style. The collection contains documents, letters, contracts and things of A. A. Durov.

Museum of A. A. Durov.

Museum of I. D. Vasilenko

И. I.D. Vasilenko was a Soviet writer, who lived a significant part of his life in Taganrog. In 1988, a memorial museum was created in his house. The exposition is an illustration of the life and creative path of Vasilenko, and emphasizes the importance of his contribution to the development of literature. It will be interesting to look at the study where he worked on his works, as well as personal belongings of the writer.

Museum I. D. Vasilenko.

Tchaikovsky’s House

A late 19th century brick mansion where Hippolyte Tchaikovsky, the brother of the famous composer, lived from 1883-94. Tchaikovsky visited the mansion several times, as the memorial plaque on the wall says. After the Revolution the building housed a hospital, a library, and a concert hall. A separate room-museum was organized in the 1970s. It works as a part of the concert and exhibition complex.

House of Tchaikovsky.

Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker

This Orthodox church was founded in the 18th century at the request of Rear-Admiral F. A. Klokachev, commander of the Azov Flotilla. The temple was built by sailors, who later became its main parishioners. Part of the construction was made of wood, and another part – of stone. All wooden structures were destroyed during the WWII, and in 1957 blew up the upper tiers of the bell tower. The building was restored in the 1990s.

Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker.

The cell of St. Paul of Taganrog

St. Paul of Taganrog is a revered figure in Orthodox tradition. It is believed that as a gift from God he received the ability to heal people. The blessed one was born in Chernigov Province, but God’s ways brought him to Taganrog. The house in Turgenevsky Lane, where the saint spent the last years of his life, is now called the cell of St. Paul of Taganrog. Today this humble little hut is a popular place of pilgrimage.

Cell of St. Paul of Taganrog.

Monument to Peter I

Monument in honor of the first Russian emperor was erected in 1903. It represents a figure of Peter in formal attire with the famous triangle on his head, mounted on a granite pedestal. The composition stands in the middle of a flowerbed. The sculpture was created by the St. Petersburg master M. Antokolsky, the statue was cast in Paris. The monument is located at the entrance to Komsomolsky park.

Monument to Peter I.

Monument to Alexander I.

The monument was established in 1831. The original sculpture represented the emperor dressed in a general’s uniform, kicking a snake. The monument had no chances to survive during the Soviet times – at first it was dismantled, and then it was poured over and the metal was used for production needs. The monument was restored in 1998 with funds of “Russian credit” bank, having removed some details of the original image – a snake and cupids.

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Monument to Alexander I.

Monument to Anton Chekhov

The monument in honor of the writer decorated the city streets in 1960. It was made by sculptor I. M. Rukavishnikov. Together with a pedestal the statue is 6 meters high. The idea to immortalize Chekhov’s image came to the authorities when the tsar was still alive, but was never implemented, and then, with the change of power, wars and construction of communism there was no time for it.

Monument to Anton Chekhov.

The Sun Clock

The sundial was installed in 1833 in one of the city streets. It is a construction on a stone pedestal. The main element of the chronometer is a metal rod, whose shadow indicates the time depending on the position of the sun. Taganrog clock is the oldest mechanism of its kind in Russia. It was last reconstructed in 2007.

The sundial.

Gorky Park of Culture and Leisure

The city park with a 200-year history, founded in the early 19th century as a Pharmacy Garden. In addition to medicinal plants, its territory was planted with vineyards, fruit and ornamental crops. In 1909 the plantings were completely cut down, actually creating the garden again. During the Soviet times, the green area was several times awarded the title of the best park of culture and leisure.

Park of Culture and Recreation named after Gorky.

Pushkin embankment

The city embankment is a landscaped stretch of coastline of the Azov Sea. On the plans of the city it existed since 1808, but systematic work on its construction began almost 30 years later. In the middle of XX century was carried out a major overhaul, which resulted in asphalted sidewalks, redesigned the boulevard, put the lights and benches for recreation. On the eve of the 300th anniversary of Taganrog embankment was reconstructed again.

Pushkin embankment.

Seaside Park

City Park, formed in the 1960s on the site of an abandoned quarry brick factory. It was created by the workers of the city enterprises. After 10 years, the territory had about 3 thousand trees and several thousand shrubs. The park was proud of its collection of roses and other ornamental flowers. The area is located on the seashore, and a stone staircase leads to the equipped beach, which is very convenient for visitors.

Primorsky Park.

Pavlovskaya Fortress

It was a defensive construction at the beginning of the 18th century, which was a good example of military engineering. The fortress was a rectangular construction, surrounded by a reinforced earth rampart, designed for a garrison of 500 soldiers. The construction was partially destroyed in execution of Prut Peace Treaty. Today tourists can see the remains of the fort near the village Gajevka.

Pavlovskaya Fortress.

Glory Memorial at Sambeok Heights

Memorial complex dedicated to the soldiers of the 130th and 416th Infantry Divisions, also known as “Taganrog. In 1943, these units stopped the offensive of the enemy at Sambeok Heights. The monument is made in the form of walls, on which the figures of soldiers are carved. It is set on a wide platform, where an alley paved with slabs leads. The Eternal Flame is part of the architectural ensemble.

Memorial of Glory on the Sambeyok Heights.

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