Norilskaya street in Achinsk

Norilskaya street in Achinsk

October 01, 2020

The city of Achinsk is located 160 kilometers from Krasnoyarsk on the banks of the Chulym river.

It is the third largest settlement in the region, and Norilskaya street can also be found on its map.

The history of the city began with the appearance of the Achinsk prison on the White Iyus river in 1641. But after a major fire happened here, houses began to be built on the Chulym river.

And the date of Achinsk foundation is considered to be 1683. The development of the city was facilitated by the construction of the Trans-Siberian railway. An equally important factor in the formation of Achinsk as an industrial center of Eastern Siberia was the laying of the Moscow highway. At that time, it also became a major railway junction within the entire country. The local industry started developing actively since the 19th century, when a large number of visitors from the European part of Russia appeared in the city.

It is known that the first development plan of the city was developed in 1820, but the plates with street names and house numbers appeared in Achinsk at the suggestion of the City Duma only in 1908. Those toponyms were preserved until the Revolution. Subsequently, street renaming, as well as throughout the country, took place in Achinsk, depending on the political regimes. For example, the central street, the only one that had a stone pavement, was initially called Kontorskaya. In 1910, it was renamed Nikolskaya, in honor of the throne in the cathedral church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker. In 1920, it turned into Soviet, in 1924 – into Lenin. In the 30s it was named after Stalin, and in the 60s it got Lenin’s name again.

Today there are more than 240 streets and lanes in Achinsk. There is no division into districts. The private sector makes up most of the city. The rest of the buildings are five-story blocks and brick houses, usually three stories high. The districts bear only informal names derived from the nearby important infrastructure.

Most of the houses on Norilskaya street are just buildings of Khrushchev’s epoch, built in Achinsk in the 60s of the last century, when the name of the polar city began to appear en masse in many cities of the Soviet Union. However, there are many other geographical names on the map of Achinsk – Belorusskaya, Georgian, Kievskaya, Abakanskaya, Altaiskaya, Irkutskaya and many others.

The length of Norilskaya one from south to north is 1.6 kilometers, from west to east – 0.1 kilometers. It is located next to Smena and Rosa Luxemburg streets and Depovskiy, Svoboda and Yagodny lanes.

Read about Norilskaya streets in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Volgograd, Kemerovo, Irkutsk, Alma-Ata, Nizhny Novgorod and other cities in the A point on the planet section.

Text: Elena Popova, Photo: open sources

October 01, 2020

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