Novokuznetsk city, Russia (Novokuzneck)

The city of Kemerovo oblast.

Novokuznetsk overview

Novokuznetsk is the largest city in Kemerovo oblast, Russia. It is located in the south of Western Siberia, on both banks of the Tom River, in the southern part of the region. Novokuznetsk is an important economic, transport, and cultural center of Siberia.

Novokuznetsk population is about 550,000 (2015), the land are - 424 sq. km.

The phone code is +7 3843; the postal codes - 654000-654103.

Novokuznetsk city coat of arms

Novokuznetsk city coat of arms

Novokuznetsk city map, Russia

Novokuznetsk city map of Russia

Novokuznetsk history

Novokuznetsk is one of the oldest cities in Siberia. It was founded approximately in 1617-1618. From 1620 till the end of the 18th century, it was a stockaded town located on the right bank of the Tom River.

Present Novokuznetsk was formed on July, 3, 1931, on the basis of the settlement of Sad-gorod (from 1929), near a metallurgical plant. In March 1932, it included the town of Kuznetsk and was renamed into Stalinsk in May 1932. In the 1930s, industrialization turned the town into an important coal-mining and industrial center.

Kuznetsky metallurgical plant began operating in 1931. Later, in 1941, two evacuated plants were also put into operation in the city: Novokuznetsky aluminum plant and Kuznetsky iron-alloys plant. Kuznetsky metallurgical plant produced military products, several tank armies were produced of steel produced in Novokuznetsk.

More Historical Facts…

Later, in 1961, the West-Siberian metallurgical plant was constructed. November 5, 1961, Stalinsk was renamed in Novokuznetsk. According to the census conducted in 1989, the population of the city was 599,900.

By 1998, the city was in decline. The crisis of 1998 led to the devaluation of the ruble and coal mining and ferrous metallurgy became profitable again. The economic growth of the 2000s caused rapid construction in the city.

Novokuznetsk views

Tram tracks leading to Novokuznetsk train station

Tram tracks leading to Novokuznetsk train station

Author: Vladimir Shekhtman

Novokuznetsk architecture

Novokuznetsk architecture

Author: Vladimir Shekhtman

Apartment buildings in Novokuznetsk

Apartment buildings in Novokuznetsk

Author: Vladimir Shekhtman


Novokuznetsk features

Novokuznetsk is one of the largest metallurgical and coal production centers in Russia, although most of the mines on the territory of the city are closed.

The distance from Moscow by roads is 3,751 km. Novokuznetsk City Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of July. It is the largest city after Tolyatti that doesn’t have the status of an administrative center of the region.

Novokuznetsk is characterized by sharply continental climate. The average temperature in January is minus 15.2 degrees Celsius, in July - plus 18.8 degrees Celsius.

From Novokuznetsk railway station you can go by train to Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Vladivostok, Barnaul, Tomsk, Abakan and other cities, as well as to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. International Airport Novokuznetsk (Spichenkovo) offers flights to Moscow, Krasnoyarsk, Bangkok (Thailand), Kamran (Vietnam).

The main industries of Novokuznetsk: ferrous metallurgy, coal mining, non-ferrous metallurgy, power engineering, machine-building, and metal-working. The environmental situation is unfavorable in the city. Air pollution is mainly caused by the metallurgical plants.

Novokuznetsk streets

Novokuznetsk street view

Novokuznetsk street view

Author: Vladimir Shekhtman

Novokuznetsk scenery

Novokuznetsk scenery

Author: Vladimir Shekhtman

Novokuznetsk city scenery

Novokuznetsk city scenery

Author: Vladimir Shekhtman


Novokuznetsk places of interest

Despite the fact that Novokuznetsk is a relatively young city, it has 37 different objects of cultural heritage, 43 archeological monuments, 3 memorial complexes, more than 70 memorials and plaques.

Among the preserved pre-revolutionary stone buildings of Novokuznetsk are: Transfiguration Cathedral (1792-1835), Kuznetsk fortress with barracks, Novokuznetsk distillery.

Novokuznetsk museums

  • Novokuznetsk Museum of Local Lore, the first museum in the region, has expositions dedicated to natural resources, flora and fauna of the Kuznetsk region, the history of the region and the city (Pionerskiy Avenue, 24);
  • Novokuznetsk Art Museum, opened in 1961, was the first art museum in the region. The museum has works made by local artists, rare icons, as well as paintings of the Russian artists of the late 18th-19th and the 20th century (Kirova Street, 62);
  • Novokuznetsk Literary Museum named after F.M.Dostoyevsky tells the story of love of F.M. Dostoevsky and M.D. Isayeva, their wedding in the city and the reflection of these events in the writer’s works. The museum has a large library and a collection of photographs (Dostoyevsky Street, 29);
  • The Memorial Museum of Military and Labor Glory of Kuznetsk Metallurgists possesses over 2,500 exhibits (photos, original documents, awards, soldiers’ belongings, equipment, letters, shell-splinters, trophies, samples of military products, etc.) (Pobed Square, 1/1);
  • The Historical and Architectural Museum “Kuznetsk Fortress” exhibits the town of Kuznetsk at the end of the 19th - early 20th centuries. Excursions are held round the old fortress (Krepostnoy pr-d, 1);
  • The History Museum of the Siberian State Industrial University (Kirova Street, 42, rooms #234, #239);
  • The Roerichs’ Family Museum (Kosygina Street, 35b);
  • The Museum of Science and Technology named after I.P.Bardin (Metallurgov Avenue, 17).

More Places of Interest…

Novokuznetsk theaters

  • Novokuznetsk Drama Theater (Metallurgov Avenue, 28),
  • Novokuznetsk Puppet Theater (Metallurgov Avenue, 31),
  • Fire theater “ShinHi” (Bardina Avenue, 27),
  • Musical Theater “The Seventh Morning” (Michurina Street, 4).

Other cultural institutions in Novokuznetsk

  • Novokuznetsk Governor Jazz Club “Helicon” (Pokryshkina Street, 4),
  • Novokuznetsk State Circus (Kirova Street, 70),
  • Novokuznetsk Planetarium (Metallurgov Avenue, 16a).

Novokuznetsk city of Russia photos

Novokuznetsk pictures

Suvorov monument in Novokuznetsk

Suvorov monument in Novokuznetsk

Author: Vladimir Shekhtman

Monument to the Unknown Soldier in Novokuznetsk

Monument to the Unknown Soldier in Novokuznetsk

Author: Vladimir Shekhtman

Busy street in Novokuznetsk

Busy street in Novokuznetsk

Author: Vladimir Shekhtman


Novokuznetsk places of interest

Transfiguration Cathedral in Novokuznetsk

Transfiguration Cathedral in Novokuznetsk

Author: Karsten Ivan

Chapel of the Assumption of the Virgin in Novokuznetsk

Chapel of the Assumption of the Virgin in Novokuznetsk

Author: Karsten Ivan


Drama theater of Novokuznetsk - explore the city streets


The questions of our visitors

Bruce asks: How close is this city to Moscow?
Expert's answer:
The distance from Moscow to Novokuznetsk is about 3700 km.

The comments of our visitors

Tim
Beautiful
Was a beautiful visit when we were there, the people were friendly and the city was just great. Would love to come back and see it during the summer season.

Erkan Tütüncü
Novokuznetsk city
Thanks internet... I have a friend from Novokuznetsk city. I wanted to learn where she lived. I saw photographs of the city. I saw many modern buildings and Siberian snow in many photos. If l wanted to learn from the books, I would hardly see one or two photos. There are too many photos in Internet. If I have an opportunity (enough money) I may come there for skiing. Thanks Internet, thanks who prepared all these for us in Internet.

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