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Nizhny Novgorod Fair

Russian: Нижегородская ярмарка, Nizhegorodskaya Yarmarka

Nizhny Novgorod Fair is one of the most interesting Nizhny Novgorod sights. Founded ages ago now it is both a great historical and architectural tourist attraction and a modern and world-known exhibition complex.

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Nizhny Novgorod Fair has numbered nearly five centuries of its history. An official marketplace was originated not far from Nizhny Novgorod, near by the town Vasilsursk located downstream the Volga river, by the Grand Prince Vasily Ioannovich, in 1524. Over time, in 1641, it was moved closer to Nizhny Novgorod, near Saint Makary Monastery, and so got called Makaryev Fair (Makaryevskaya Yarmarka). It had been remaining near by Saint Makary Monastery for a long time, by 1816, when accidental fire destroyed nearly all its buildings. A bit later, in 1817, fairgrounds was transferred directly to Nizhny Novgorod as per government decision. In Nizhny Novgorod it was located in "strelka" ("стрелка", "arrow" in English), at the place two great Russian rivers, Volga and Oka, join, at an ideal marketplace. The fair complex constraction with an area of 500 thousand of square kilometers was led, as a cheaf architect, by Agustin Betancourt (1758-1824), an a prominent engineer.

Saviour Cathedral, also known as Old Fair Cathedral (Спасский собор, Староярмарочный собор), was designed by Betancourt (overall structure) and Montferrand (facade and interiors) together and completed in 1822, the year when the Fair was opened for its first season. The fair operated by 1930.

Nizhny Novgorod Fair Today

At present Nizhny Novgorod Fair is a modern exhibition complex having everything to organize conferences, exhibitions and shows, and congresses. There is a customs station working in Nizhny Novgorod Fair territory. Nizhny Novgorod Fair disposes of six exhibition halls, five conference halls, Official (Gerbovy) hall having hosted high level guests. The complex of Nizhny Novgorod Fair incorporates the Bank of Nizhny Novgorod Fair (Yarmarochny Bank), hotel, restaurants, cafes, and shopping mall (arcade). The mostly famous events being run at Nizhny Novgorod Fair are RUSSIA UNITED, an all-Russian scientific and industrial forum, GREAT RIVERS/ICEF, an international forum, TWIN AND PARTNER CITIES, an international forum, and many other. Nizhny Novgorod Fair is in the top five of the leading Russia exhibition complexes including EXPOCENTRE/Moscow, ALL-RUSSIA EXHIBITION CENTRE/Moscow, LENEXPO/Saint Petersburg, RESTEC/Saint Petersburg, and SIBERIAN FAIR/Novosibirsk.

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How to Get to Nizhny Novgorod Fair

Nizhny Novgorod, ulitsa Sovnarkomovskaya, 13

Nizhny Novgorod Fair is located in the Lower City of Nizhny Novgorod not far from the main train station.

What Is Near to See

Saint Alexander Nevsky Cathedral (New Fair Cathedral)

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