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.
The Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel is Sochi's main Orthodox church and an architectural landmark. It was built in the 19th century and closed its doors in 1931 to become a warehouse (a fate typical of many Russian churches in the Stalin era). In 1944, the cathedral reopened its doors, and after the fall of the Soviet Union it was reconstructed.
Stalin's Villa is an elegant green residential building of Joseph Stalin - a Soviet Union leader from mid 1920-1953. The city of Sochi was developed into a resort town under his leadership. The building proudly stands atop the mountains between the Agura Canyon and Matsestinskaya Valley. Visitors can explore the house and learn more about Stalin's life. Stalin's billiard room and cinema room are converted into a small museum.
Aptly monikered the ‘Summer Capital’ of Russia, Sochi boasts a coruscating coastline bejeweled with beaches and swaying palm trees. Gracefully sprawling for miles along the Black Sea, this bright and beguiling city once served as a summertime retreat to the ancient Russian elites, while today, it beckons citizens from every part of the country, and tourists from across continents, with wide, open arms. Having especially burgeoned after hosting the prestigious 2007 Winter Olympics, Sochi proffers an unparalleled wealth of beach activities, upscale shopping and a scintillating nighttime revelry. However, the city is as much historic as it is contemporary, harboring a wealth of ancient landmarks within its aegis. Tsentralny Raion comprises the city's historical district, its winding thoroughfares brimming with restaurants, nightclubs and boutiques. The heritage Sochi Rail Station, the Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel and the Sochi Winter Theater are some of its most prized landmarks, whereas Krasnaya Polyana is the newest addition to the city’s urban landscape, a massive Olympic snow-sport park that offers outstanding infrastructure to sports enthusiasts. Nature abounds at the Sochi National Park, a verdant oasis which is mottled with waterfalls, wildlife and enchanting forests, while the teeming Port of Sochi, with its assemblage of charming historic buildings, is the very locus of the city’s marine transportation system.
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.