The 5 architectural gems in the heart of Rostov-on-Don

Steeped in historical pride, these city residences and commercial buildings are charming examples of Rostov’s architectural legacy. Located along two parallel streets, they make a perfect walking route in the heart of Rostov.

Margarita Chernova house

This mansion was a gift from a wealthy admirer to the actress Margarita Chernova. We could talk for a while about eclecticism in architecture, but we won’t. This building represents a romantic gesture that says it all without words.

 

Pustovoitov trading house

Art patron Grigory Pustovoitov wanted nothing less than the tallest and the most sophisticated commercial building in Rostov. And such it was in 1910! Nowadays, this art nouveau building is still operational and serves as a shopping mall and an office center.

City hall

This baroque-inspired beaux-arts building is surely the most solemn on the Don. It’s a recognized historical landmark that houses the city parliament and the mayor’s office. Gorgeously lit at night, it looks like magic palace!

 

Nikolai Paramonov mansion

This elegant residence belonged to book publisher Nikolai Paramonov, no wonder it was turned into a university library.  Fans of architecture will appreciate its classic lines and perfect symmetry.

Martin brothers’ house

A surprising combination of Russian and German architectural styles, this mansion was built by a British businessman for his family and inherited by his sons later on. The Martin brothers were well-known in Rostov under the Russian names – Vasily, Grigory and Ivan. In 1910s, Grigory Martin even served as a consult to the United States. In present days this building is home to the Sholokhov State Museum.

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