Kerch, Primorsky Boulevard, embankment

Primorsky Boulevard has always been one of the favourite places of the city’s citizens. The first plot of greenery appeared on the boulevard in the 1940’s AD. It was a small public garden called «Lizina Roshcha», which means «Liza’s Grove», and was located on Dvoryanskaya Street (now, Teatralnaya Street). Years later, along the boulevard there appeared trees, plants, benches, lights, a wooden bar named «Float» and a summer concert platform called «Shell». On the concert platform a small symphony orchestra played in the evenings. There were two piers on the boulevard: the Royal Pier in honour of Nickolas I, and the Count Pier in honour of either M. Vorontsov or A. Stroganov. Both of these counts were Novorussia governor-generals and both visited Kerch several times. The former boulevard is nowadays called «embankment». It has twice been reconstructed during the last half of the century, and its size was considerably expanded. Visitors, who come here in the summer, can enjoy themselves at various attractions, in cafes and snack bars, the aquatic sport centre and the small beach «Utinka». The pier with yachts and cutters is ready to take you on a voyage about the Kerch Strait. The embankment is especially lively on the traditional holiday, Fisherman’s Day.

Kerch, Primorsky Boulevard, embankment, today

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Mt. Mithridates and the embankment. Kerch. View from the sea.
From the water’s surface from the Kerch Strait (kimmerian Bosporus), there opens a wonderful view of the city. Kerch was thought to be especially attractive in early 20th cent. During this time, at the top of Mithridates Mount there was I. Stempkovsky’s Chapel and the museum. At the foot of the Mt. Mithridates , along the boulevard, was Spitsynskaya Street (now, Sverdlov Street) with private residences of local nobility. Unfortunately, these residences were not preserved. Today three new buildings occupy this part of Sverdlov Street: the City Cultural Center, which was named after Ukrainian singer Y. Bogatikov; the City Court; and the Scientific Research Institute of Fishery and Oceanography. The view of Mt. Mithridates has totally changed, too. The ruins of the museum’s former building remained on its slope until 1959. The museum was called Theseion by mistake. Its real name was Hephaestion, because it was a copy of Hephaestus Temple in Athens. The museum’s building’s construction, in spite of being fit for restoration, was destroyed. In 1964, «Mithridates» restaurant was built in its place. In 1985, the restaurant was also ruined. The former Seaside Boulevard also experienced great changes due to World War II.

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