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Lopatin Garden

Lopatin Garden-one of the oldest city parks, a part of the rich historic and cultural Smolensk heritage.  It was founded in 1874 on the site of the former King’s fortress by the order of Governor A.G. Lopatin. Initially, the garden was limited by the earthworks of the King’s fortress and was planned in landscape style, which was largely based on the beauty of the surrounding territory and plentiful monuments from Smolensk’s history: fragments of the city walls, defensive earthworks, underground passageways into the King’s bastion, etc. In the past it was the location of the dramatic events of the 20-month long defense of the city against the Polish Army of the King Sigismund III in 1609-1611, and the Patriotic War of 1812, evidenced by numerous monuments, including the monument “For the defenders of Smolensk August 4-5 in 1812”, installed in 1841 and which is the oldest monument in Russia, dedicated the Russian people’s fight against the Great Army of Napoleon.

Lopatin Garden-one of the oldest city parks, a part of the rich historic and cultural Smolensk heritage.  It was founded in 1874 on the site of the former King’s fortress by the order of Governor A.G. Lopatin. Initially, the garden was limited by the earthworks of the King’s fortress and was planned in landscape style, which was largely based on the beauty of the surrounding territory and plentiful monuments from Smolensk’s history: fragments of the city walls, defensive earthworks, underground passageways into the King’s bastion, etc. In the past it was the location of the dramatic events of the 20-month long defense of the city against the Polish Army of the King Sigismund III in 1609-1611, and the Patriotic War of 1812, evidenced by numerous monuments, including the monument “For the defenders of Smolensk August 4-5 in 1812”, installed in 1841 and which is the oldest monument in Russia, dedicated the Russian people’s fight against the Great Army of Napoleon.
On the eve of the XX century Lopatin Garden was recognized as one of the best parks in Russia. After the Great Patriotic War it was significantly expanded and numerous new attractions, summer theatres, dance courts, and boat station were added.
Lopatin Garden is beautiful in any time of the year. During the summer, one can see swans which live in the pond, sit in one of the summer cafes, and in the winter the park becomes one of most scenic areas in the city, a great place to take a walk. Tourists always find something to see there. There are now miniatures of the Smolensk sights, done in ceramics, and the garden has many walk paths that lead to historic monuments. Rows of souvenir shops have a large selection of folk craft, manufactured products, and products by local artisans.

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