Founded in 1898, the Riviera Park counts among Sochi's most beloved tourist attractions. Here, you can feast your eyes on rare and exotic plants, see a rock or pop gig at the Zeleny Theater, or relax at one of the park's many bars and cafes. For children, there is a variety of amusement rides. Located close to the sea, Riviera Park truly has something for everyone.
Postmodern Russian architecture, with its towers, columns, balustrades, and general opulence, owes a lot to the eclectic style popular before the revolution. A good example of this style in Sochi is Villa Vera, built in 1910. The building's old-time charm makes it a perfect backdrop for kitschy romantic photographs. Moreover, Villa Vera is situated in a beautiful park with cedars, cypresses, and palm trees. Definitely take a look at this landmark if you are nearby.
This monument pays tribute to the heroic medics who treated the Soviet soldiers wounded in the Second World War, when Sochi was a "hospital city." It is an elegant arch, under which are the statues of a nurse with a patient and a surgeon. The monument is located by the Southern entrance to the Riviera Park, at the end of a beautiful alley with flowers and fountains.
This tiny park is located in the Svetlana microdistrict. It is named after well-known Bolshevik Mikhail Frunze. With its peaceful alleys and a pergola overlooking the sea, it is a good place for a walk or a jog. The park has a theater which hosts all kinds of performances, from rock and pop to classical and dance.
This peaceful little square is named after the Komsomol, a Soviet youth organization. Its centerpiece is a fountain composition with two 19th-century anchors that were found on the seashore in 1967. The square is located close to the Morvokzal (Seaport Building) and the Riviera Park.
Brilliantovaya Ruka, or The Diamond Arm, is one of the most popular Russian movies ever. Released in 1968, it is a comedy that tells the story of a kindly oaf named Semyon Semyonych who inadvertently became a diamond smuggler. Part of the movie was shot in Sochi, so it is no wonder that the city would have a monument dedicated to it. The sculptural composition is located close to the Morvokzal (Seaport Building). It depicts Semyon Semyonych with his family as well as the smugglers Gesha and Lyolik.
Like most cities in Russia, Sochi has a monument dedicated to the soldiers who died in World War II. Long stairs dramatically lead to a spacious square where the eternal flame is burning. People often leave flowers or wreaths there. The monument is located by the Sochi Railroad Station.
"Kto, kto? Kon v palto!" is a Russian saying, translated as "Who's that, who's that? Horse in a coat!" It is a distant relative of English-language knock knock jokes. Sochi sculptor Akop Khalafian fashioned a monument to this saying out of a piece of a water supply pipe. Kon v Palto is located in the central part of Sochi, close to the Zimny Theater and the Frunze Park.