Sailor's Boulevard
Republic of Crimea, Sevastopol

Opposite Primorsky Boulevard, a small stele topped by the ancient Greek trireme attracts attention, a wide staircase leads to it. It is with her that the oldest Sevastopol Boulevard begins - Sailor. The beginning of its construction dates back to the 30s of the 19th century and it was called Small. It is really not great and consists of only one alley, but it is remarkable in that it was here that the first monument of the city appeared. It is noteworthy that the first Sevastopol monument was dedicated not to the emperor or admiral, but to captain-lieutenant N.I.Kazarsky! Why was he so honored? For the feat. Moreover, not just unprecedented, but incredible, impossible, just fantastic! On May 14, 1829, during the Russo-Turkish war, not far from the Bosphorus, two linear Turkish ships Selimiya (110 guns) and Real Bay (74 guns) overtook the twenty-gun brig Mercury. On the proposal to surrender from the brig, they opened fire, preferring death to shameful captivity. It was an unprecedented battle in history, which lasted more than four hours. Skillfully maneuvering the brig "Mercury" remained the winner, immobilizing and severely damaging Turkish ships. Mercury itself received 22 holes in the hull and 300 damage in the rigging. Despite this, he remained afloat, joined the rest of the fleet and returned to Sevastopol on his own. The pedestal depicts military attributes, images of ancient gods: Niki, Neptune, Mercury (patron saint of sailors) and a short inscription: "To the Kazarsky. Offspring as an example." There is evidence that its author is Nicholas I.
The boulevard was the first place in Sevastopol organized recreation. Here they built a rotunda, arranged balls and masquerades. During the Crimean War, the boulevard was almost completely destroyed, and only after 25 years it was restored. It was called Michmansky and only representatives of the noble classes were allowed here. Do not be surprised at such a combination, in those days it was logical. Indeed, in tsarist Russia, the rank of midshipman was the first officer rank, it was customary to turn to midshipman "your nobility" and most midshipmen belonged to the nobility.
After the revolution, the boulevard "demoted." In 1921 it was named Voenmorsky, then - Krasnoflotsky, and after the Great Patriotic War - Sailor, in this "title" the boulevard and remains to this day.
During the war, the boulevard was damaged again, but on May 9, 1945, a year after the liberation of Sevastopol, it was solemnly opened. Here appeared the summer playground of the House of Officers, a sports and dance floor. More recently, another monument appeared in honor of the 100th anniversary of the invention of the radio A.S. Popov ”, opened in 1997.

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