Saratov <ul><li>The history of Saratov goes back for hundreds years. The town was founded in 1590 as a fortress to protect the trade route along the Volga River from nomadic raiders. It was rather small. </li></ul>
Saratov <ul><li>In 1670 Stepan Razin, a popular hero of numerous folk songs and legends , captured Saratov . </li></ul>
Saratov <ul><li>In August of 1774 Saratov was captured by Yemelyan Pugachov, a leader of Cossack and peasant rebellion in Russia . </li></ul>
Saratov <ul><li>In the 19th century Saratov became a major commercial centre, especially after the railway to Moscow was built in the 1870s. </li></ul>
Saratov Now the population of Saratov is about one million people.
<ul><li>Saratov is connected with the names of many famous people: Nickolay Chernyshevsky, Konstantin Fedin, Yuri Gagarin, Nickolay Vavilov, Pyotr Stolypin and Pavel Yablochkov. </li></ul>Saratov Konstantin Fedin Nickolay Chernyshevsky Yuri Gagarin Nickolay Vavilov Pyotr Stolypin Pavel Yablochkov
Saratov <ul><li>Present-day Saratov is a modern city with highly-developed industries - machine building, woodworking, electronics, chemical and oil processing are developed in it. </li></ul>
Saratov <ul><li>Saratov is often called a city of students. There are several universities, many colleges and research institutes there. </li></ul>
Saratov <ul><li>The city is carefully keeping up its old cultural traditions. Our art gallery named after Radishchev is well-known not only in our country. It has got a rich collection of Russian and European arts. </li></ul>
Saratov <ul><li>Saratov is a great centre for opera, ballet and drama. The famous singers and actors played on the stage of Saratov theatres. Musical life is also rich in events. </li></ul>
Saratov <ul><li>Saratov is a city worth seeing. There are many spacious squares and avenues, long streets and green parks. The most favourite places of recreation are Kirov Avenue, Lipki City Garden and the Park of Culture and Rest. </li></ul>
Saratov <ul><li>The people of our city are proud of the wonderful embankment named after Cosmonauts. From it you can see a very beautiful and long bridge across the Volga, one of the longest in Europe (2.8 km). </li></ul>
Saratov <ul><li>Saratov is my </li></ul><ul><li>native city. </li></ul><ul><li>I am proud of it. </li></ul>
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