In the mid-19th century the Sovetov Square (Ploshchad Sovetov) was marked on the maps as a New Bazaar, and it was built up only by the end of the century. Today you can just try to imagine how it looked like before, since the previous building has not survived. Now there stands the regional administration building and a banking department.
In the XIX century there stood the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in the center of the Sovetov Square, surrounded by buildings: shops and revenue houses. In the 1930s the cathedral was blown up, in place of which in 1972, there appeared a Monument to Soldiers of the 1st Cavalry - a monument to the heroes of the Civil War who liberated the city from the White Guards. A large space around the monument is marked with red paving slabs - these are the contours of the cathedral once standing here.