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Vladivostok attracts many tourists’ attention not only because of its’beautiful location, but also for its’ very rich history:
There are quite a few historical buildings and monuments still standing that hold memories of many events from 1860, when this city was founded, to present day.
These historical buildings remember times when Vladivostok was given a free trade status with purpose of encouraging foreign trade in 1878.
There are still building standing that, if they could speak, could tell you about times of Russian-Japanese war, when a squadron of Japanese warships attacked city firing over a hundred shots.
Vladivostok’s hills saw Japanese, British, and American cruisers entered Golden Horn Bay in 1917, and supporters of Bolsheviks conducted a partisan struggle in city.
From 1917 to 1922 Vladivostok became a cultural bastion. During ensuing years, beginning in 1917, Vladivostok became a haven for many Russians trying to escape from clutches of new Soviet regime, settling in port city while retreating to east together with White Army.
Among them were many Russians, creative intelligentsia from Moscow and St Petersburg. They established conservatories, theaters, symphony orchestras and art centers in Vladivostok before escaping to countries such as Australia, China, USA, and other lands after Bolsheviks, in 1922, achieved victory in Far East.
This city can still remember 1930s when Stalinist repressions began and transit camps were constructed housing political prisoners from Western regions of Russia to Kolyma, and to new camp in Vladivostok.
This city remembers when it was Russia’s biggest military port during cold war and beginningof “Perestroika.”
Now, Vladivostok is filled with businesses from all over world coming to take advantage of city's position as gate to modern Russia, Japan, China, and Korea.
Marina Smiley is the author of the popular eBook
"Cheap Ticket To Russia" - tips for budget travelers to Russia.