Chistopol is a town of secrets. Even its native citizens discover something new every day while walking along quiet paved streets of a provincial Russian town. Merchant houses with extraordinary lanterns and chiseled balconies create a special atmosphere.
One of the town’s main landmarks is the Melnikov House, with an art gallery and a children’s library. In an old mansion which used to belong to merchant A.A. Poduruyev is the permanent exhibition of the Uyezd Town Museum. 2 wooden bicycles invented by a local craftsman are considered to be the Museum’s gems.
Chistopol is a town associated with famous literary figures who lived here during World War II. For instance, it was here, in a nice small town right in the middle of Tatarstan, that the Nobel Prize winner Boris Pasternak began writing his novel “Doctor Zhivago”.
The real embellishment of the town, its ‘crown jewel’ is the Nikolsky Cathedral – its construction was financed by Polyakov merchant family and done by architect Pyatnitsky in 1838. Another Chistopol’s sight, the Skaryatinsky garden, founded in 1867 at the expense of some local merchants, will make your heart soar. And by the way, the garden has been recently remodeled. Finally, in the vicinity of Chistopol there are the remains of a Golden Horde city of Juketau (10th – 15th centuries).
If you want to buy a classy, memorable souvenir in Chistopol, try searching for the Komandirskiye watch of the Vostok factory. And, while you’re at it, you can visit several restaurants, coffee shops and bars to feel the atmosphere of the town from the inside.