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Novy Venets Boulevard and a Monument to the Letter “Ё”: the Main Places in the City

Novy Venets Boulevard is considered the most beautiful and comfortable in Ulyanovsk. It is a pedestrian street on the very top of the Ulyanovsk hill, which offers the best view of the Volga and where the history of the city began. Here, on top of the hill, the boyar Bogdan Khitrovo laid a fortress in 1648 which no more exists. The city of Sinbirsk appeared around it afterwards, having changed the letter N to the letter M in its name 130 years later. 

Novy Venets Boulevard has changed several names throughout its existence. It was given its current name in 1913 in the status of a street. Five years later the name was changed to the Republic Square, and in 1959 the street was given the old name back and turned into a boulevard. Its length is 750 meters. Several educational institutions are concentrated there (Ulyanovsk State Pedagogical University and Ulyanovsk State Agricultural Academy), the Regional Philharmonic Society, the Ulyanovsk Oblast Government and a number of museums (Lenin Memorial Museum, Ulyanovsk Regional Museum of Local Lore and Ulyanovsk Regional Art Museum). There is a ropeway adjacent to the boulevard, which runs down the Volga slope, as well as a chairlift, since there is a "Leninskie Gorki" ski resort not far from here.  

 

You can see various monuments on the Novy Venets Boulevard, including the famous monument to the letter ‘Ё’ (YO), installed in 2005. It is an enlarged copy of the letter ‘Ё’, embossed in granite, which was first printed by the historian, novelist and reformer of the Russian literary language Nikolay Karamzin in his own journal “Aonian Sisters” in 1797. Since this is an exact replica of the letter, it is as angular and uneven as the original: the typographical possibilities at the end of the 18th century were modest enough. You can see the same journal in the regional scientific library, next to which the monument stands - by the way, under a spruce. 

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