Sights of Podolsk

The central square in Podolsk is Ulitsa Lenina (Lenin Square) where the city's main streets meet. From here Prospekt Lenina runs north across the River Pakhra. It is possible to get around the city on foot, although bus no. 4 runs directly between the railway station and the Ivanovoskoe Estate ('Imenie Ivanovskoe' bus-stop) and buses no. 1, 21, 22, 39 and 45 run from the railway station to the Podolye Museum Reserve ('Voenkomat' bus-stop).

 Just outside of Podolsk is the village (posyolok) of Dubrovitsy which is famous for the beautiful Our Lady of the Sign Church which is part of an estate there. Although it is possible to walk here from the railway station, especially in winter when the River Pakhra is frozen, it is probably best to get a bus here. Bus No. 65 runs between Dubrovitsy and Podolsk Railway Station. Bus No. 417 also runs directly to Dubrovitsy from Moscow's Yuzhnaya metro station.

Around the City

Empress Catherine the Great Monument

  • Vokzalnaya Ploschad

The second monument on Vokzalnaya Ploschad is a monument to Empress Catherine the Great which stands in a small park known as Yekaterinsky Skver (Catherine's Public Gardens). The monument depicts Catherine sat at her desk signing a document and commemorates her granting city status to Podolsk in 1781. Read more »

Ivanovskoe Estate and Regional Museum

  • 1 Ulitsa Parkovaya

The Regional Museum in Podolsk has exhibitions on the economic, social, political and cultural development of the city. It is located in what was once the Ivanovskoe Estate, and so is worth visiting for that reason alone. The estate's main house dates from the late 18th century when the estate was inherited by Count Fyodor Andreevich Tolstoy who redeveloped it. The house has views of the now overgrown gardens which run down to the River Pakhra. Read more »

Our Aim is Communism Monument

  • Vokzalnaya Ploschad

A visit to Podolsk will most likely start on Vokzalnaya Ploschad (Railway Square) where Podolsk's Railway and Bus Stations are both located. Also to be found on the square is a typical piece of Soviet art entitled Our Aim is Communism. The monument depicts a worker with one of his hands held in the air and the other holding his cap. Immediately behind the man is an obelisk. Read more »

Podolsk Cadets Monument

  • intersection of Ulitsa Kirova and Ulitsa Parkovaya

Podolsk’s most interesting and spectacular moment is probably the Podolsk Cadets Monument. This impressive monument is made out of stainless steel and depicts three cadets marching into battle underneath a large star. It is dedicated to the cadets of the Podolsk Military School who joined the regular army in putting pressure on the Nazis to buy more time for Moscow to defend itself. Read more »

Podolye Historical and Architectural Museum-Reserve

  • 47 Prospekt Lenina

Along the picturesque basin on one side of the River Pakhra a historical and architectural museum-reserve has been created demonstrating how Podolsk looked in the late 19th century. The reason this museum-reserve exists is due to the fact that Lenin's mother and siblings lived here and he visited on two occasions. The Vladimir Lenin House-Museum, which is the basis of the museum-reserve, was opened in 1937 in the house that the Ulianov (Lenin's original surname) family lived. … Read more »

Resurrection of Christ Church

  • Talalikhin Park, 24 Ulitsa Krasnaya

The Resurrection of Christ Church is located in Talalikhin Park. A church has stood here since the 16th century when the village of Podol belonged to Moscow's Danilov Monastery. Between 1724 and 1728 the old wooden church was replaced by the current stone version. After the construction of the Trinity Cathedral, it became the city's cemetery church. However during the Soviet era the church and the cemetery were closed and the church's bell tower was destroyed. The church was re… Read more »

Trinity Cathedral

  • Sobornaya Ploschad, off Revolyutsionny Prospekt

The grand Trinity Cathedral was constructed between 1819 and 1822 in commemoration of the victory against Napoleon. It is an example of the empire-style church architecture with five domes, columns and an attached three-tier bell tower. It is the main cathedral in Podolsk and serves as the eparchy church of the Podolsk Vicar-Eparchy. Read more »

Vladimir Lenin Monument

  • Ploschad Lenina

On Ploschad Lenina (Lenin Square), where Prospekt Lenina branches off into Ulitsa Kirova and Ulitsa Bolshaya Serpukhovskaya, stands a standard Lenin Monument overlooking the busy intersection. Although there is a Lenin statue in most Russian cities, Lenin actually has a connection with Podolsk as he came the city at least twice to visit his family who lived there. Read more »

War Memorial

  • Ploschad Slavy

Ploschad Slavy which translates as Glory Square has a War Memorial which comprises an eternal flame, an obelisk and giant stone tablets with engravings of soldiers in the midst of a battle. Podolsk was not occupied during the Second World War, but was bombed by the Luftwaffe and was important in producing ammunition and other military supplies. Read more »


Dubrovitsy Estate

  • Dubrovitsy settlement (posyolok)

The Dubrovitsy Estate was first mentioned in 1627 and since then has been held by the Morozov, Golitsyn, Potyomkin and Dmitriev-Mamonov noble families. It is probably most associated with the Golitsyn family who held the estate for over 100 years and were responsible for developing it. The Estate House which was built between 1750 and 1753 by Prince Boris Golitsyn's grandson Sergey Alekseevich. Behind the house steps lead down to the picturesque River Desna. Also located on the… Read more »