The Lenina Square

The Lenina Square, Novosibirsk: Address, Phone Number, The Lenina Square Reviews: 4.5/5

The Lenina Square
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saronic
By saronic
the former 'New Market Square'
Aug 2019
There are two places a visitor to Novosibirsk will most probably head to first: the Promenade by the river Ob and the Lenin Square, a place which had been meant to be the center of the town already in 1901, four years after the opening of the first rail bridge over the Ob. The place was originally called 'Novaya Bazarkaya Ploshchad' (New Market Square). There are still grand buildings from the czarist times standing around the actual Lenin Square like the State Bank and the City Trade House, both built by architect Andrey Kryachkov, of whom are plenty more constructions to be found in the city (and a statue of him). The Lenina Square is surrounded by the Krasny Prospekt (Red Avenue), the Orshonikidze Street (with the 'Marriott Hotel') and the Ulitsa Deputatskaya, while to the north stands Novosibirsk's grandest building: the State Opera ond Ballet Theater. In the center of the square is a big bronze statue of Vladimir Lenin on top of a grey granite plinth. The revolutionary's overcoat looks like flapping in the wind. Other monumental statues here represent three Red Guards: one clean shaven, one with a moustache, one with a beard. All are wearing a different headcover and are holding a rifle in different ways. Another giant sculpture shows a man with a torch and a woman with an ear of wheat in her hand. All around are flowerbeds, trees, benches. In the southern part, not far from the Metro Station 'Ploshad Lenina' is a small monument with film reels heaped on top of each other plus a camera. It marks the spot, where in 1908 the towns first cinema had been opened. When visiting in the summer of 2019 there was also an open air exhibition in the square, showing black and white photos of people in Novosibirsk 1977. Obviously international fashions like long hair for men and mini skirt for women had then gone all the way to Soviet Siberia.

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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland21,187 contributions
Aug 2019
There are two places a visitor to Novosibirsk will most probably head to first: the Promenade by the river Ob and the Lenin Square, a place which had been meant to be the center of the town already in 1901, four years after the opening of the first rail bridge over the Ob. The place was originally called 'Novaya Bazarkaya Ploshchad' (New Market Square).

There are still grand buildings from the czarist times standing around the actual Lenin Square like the State Bank and the City Trade House, both built by architect Andrey Kryachkov, of whom are plenty more constructions to be found in the city (and a statue of him). The Lenina Square is surrounded by the Krasny Prospekt (Red Avenue), the Orshonikidze Street (with the 'Marriott Hotel') and the Ulitsa Deputatskaya, while to the north stands Novosibirsk's grandest building: the State Opera ond Ballet Theater.

In the center of the square is a big bronze statue of Vladimir Lenin on top of a grey granite plinth. The revolutionary's overcoat looks like flapping in the wind. Other monumental statues here represent three Red Guards: one clean shaven, one with a moustache, one with a beard. All are wearing a different headcover and are holding a rifle in different ways.

Another giant sculpture shows a man with a torch and a woman with an ear of wheat in her hand. All around are flowerbeds, trees, benches. In the southern part, not far from the Metro Station 'Ploshad Lenina' is a small monument with film reels heaped on top of each other plus a camera. It marks the spot, where in 1908 the towns first cinema had been opened.

When visiting in the summer of 2019 there was also an open air exhibition in the square, showing black and white photos of people in Novosibirsk 1977. Obviously international fashions like long hair for men and mini skirt for women had then gone all the way to Soviet Siberia.
Written May 6, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Radi P
Strasbourg, France28 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
You feel very small when you stand next to these huge statues. A must see in Novosibirsk, especially if the weather is sunny
Written June 18, 2019
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odonecarlo
25 contributions
Jul 2017 • Solo
With impoising statues of red guards standing in front of Opera, this square is very impressive and bbeautiful. Museum is within walking distance and nice buildings and church are surrounding the square. A must to visit in Novosibirsk
Written June 13, 2018
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Kanbaatar
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia18,219 contributions
Jan 2019 • Solo
Here, in one location, you can visit two of the major attractions in Novosibirsk. You can first visit this attraction, The Monument to Vladimir Lenin, located here in Lenina Square. Then you have an easy walk to visit the Opera House, considered by some to be the number one attraction in Novosibirsk. This is one of the nicest monuments to Mr. Lenin that I have visited. Do-not-miss visiting these two major attractions.
Written January 19, 2019
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Richard Kensington
Auckland, New Zealand661 contributions
Oct 2017 • Business
Thank goodness for Lenin and the leaders who established these landmarks
Impressive statue but I still think the statue in Ulan Ude is better and definitely more impressive
A great place to sit, observe and watch the world go by
Written October 30, 2017
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Sunny D
Austin, TX225 contributions
Oct 2017 • Friends
Lenina Square has sculptures and a small park. The sculptures are elevated on platforms, which you can walk around on.

The small park has trees and grass. A path and some benches are also in the park. The Square stands in front of a nice building.

The Square is a good choice when sightseeing in Novosibirsk.
Written October 18, 2017
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Takarasina
765 contributions
Aug 2021
Typical example of Soviet gargantuan strive for self-aggrandizement, this enormous square gives you neither relief nor feeling of coziness nor a slightest wish to stay there even for an extra second. It's no coincidence that it bears the name of the communist idol whose black morose Godzilla-sized statue dominates even that vast space.
We were there in the beginning of August. Me, my friend, my son-in-law and my teenaged grandson. Its night life might be bustling, of course, but I just bluntly can't understand what could attract people, especially young ones, to that faceless behemoth. Well, tastes differ...
I try to avoid such aggressive polygons.
Written August 27, 2021
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John R
Farnham, UK401 contributions
Oct 2018
How big can you get, or rather, how small do we all feel standing underneath these hige statues of the great ones of the past?
Written September 10, 2019
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SiberianHeart
Bajawa, Indonesia118 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
Not a point of interesting things. Just skip it or don't wait for any special views or something like.
Written May 12, 2019
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Eva J
Moscow, Russia2,698 contributions
Mar 2019 • Solo
This is a large square, in front of the Opera and Ballet theatre. There are a number of large, Soviet style statues near one end
Written March 20, 2019
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