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Chita – the view from above

Chita, founded in 1653, is a city with a population of about 349 thousand people located in the central part of Transbaikalia in Eastern Siberia, the administrative center of the Zabaykalsky region.

This city is an important transportation hub on the Trans-Siberian Railway. The historic center has retained a rectangular grid of streets according to the plan of 1862. Photos by: Slava Stepanov.

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Chita is located at an altitude of about 650 meters above sea level. The climate in the city is sharply continental. There are sudden temperature changes, winters last almost six months. The average air temperature in January is -26 degrees Celsius, in July – +19 degrees Celsius.

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Chita Railway Station.

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Cathedral of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God – the main Orthodox church of Chita.

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Lenin Square – the central square of Chita.

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Administration of the Zabaykalsky region.

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The headquarters of the 29th Separate Army of the Eastern Military District of the Ministry of Defense of Russia.

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Chita City Hall – the former apartment house of the merchant Polutov.

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Main Post Office of Chita (1893).

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Lenin Street – one of the longest streets in Chita.

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Movie theater “Rodina” (1956) – the first large movie theater in Chita.

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Hotel “Visit”.

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Officers House (1940). Today, this building houses the Military History Museum, a library, dance studios, and various hobby groups. Concerts and other events are regularly held here.

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The former Vtorov’s Passage (1910).

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This building is known in Chita as the Shumovsky Palace (the early 20th century).

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Building #54 – one of the most interesting buildings on Lenin Street constructed in the middle of the 20th century.

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Chapel of Alexander Nevsky (2001).

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Datsan “Damba Braybunling” (2010).

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Church of St. Luke Voino-Yasenetsky in the territory of the Chita State Medical Academy.

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Museum “Church of the Decembrists” – the former Church of St. Michael the Archangel (1776).

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Welcome to Chita!

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