Urvantsev’s Embankment was once just Embankment

Urvantsev’s Embankment was once just Embankment

January 27, 2022

The first Naberezhnaya street (in english - Embankment) in Norilsk was built in the 1960s.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. And it was called so because the fronts of its first houses – No. 70, 102, 98, 100, 80 – looked at the Shchuchya river. But this did not make it a full-fledged Embankment, and in 1966 the city executive committee “in connection with the construction of new microdistricts” assigned a new name to Naberezhnaya street – Nansen street.

In 1981, the second Embankment appeared in Norilsk. Then, “in connection with the development of microdistrict No. 11”, the street along Dolgoye lake was given the name Embankment.

And on March 5, 1985, the Embankment got the name of the geologist Urvantsev, an outstanding explorer, geographer, one of the discoverers of the Norilsk ore region, an honorary citizen of our city.

In 1985, the names of Nikolay and Elizaveta Urvantsev sounded very often. They both died that year, and a museum complex was erected at the Zero Point, part of which was the First House of Norilsk. The urns with the ashes of the Urvantsevs, brought from Leningrad, were buried there. But when the First House moved to a new location, their ashes rested in the city cemetery.

In the last issue of the History Spot photo project, we told that in the 1960s the northern outskirts of Norilsk were built up at an accelerated pace: one of the houses on Begichev street was built in just 12 days.

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Text: Svetlana Samohina, Photo: Nornickel Polar Division archive

January 27, 2022

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