Sights of Tatar Elabuga


This small town in the north-east of Tatarstan is suitable for traveling on weekends or one day. The area of ​​the city is small, so you can come here for those who do not have a car: to get around the beautiful places of Elabuga and see the sights will turn out on foot. Grab the map, after noting where you want to go.

Devil's hillfort

Devil's hillfort - a mysterious place, shrouded in secrets and folk traditions. According to one legend, pagans built a temple on the site of the ancient settlement, in which the devil or oracle-serpent lived.

Local residents flocked to the gates of the temple to find out their fate. He didn’t take the devil of money or material values; people brought him human sacrifices. When the Bulgarian kingdom was destroyed, the snake suddenly disappeared.

In the temple, the Bulgarians established a stronghold from the 10th to the 14th century. From that time only a stone tower was preserved, which was restored several times. The castle itself is protected by UNESCO.

House – Museum I.I. Shishkina

The house of the famous artist was made a monument of history and culture of federal significance, protected by the state since the 1960s. In a two-story stone building, the master spent his childhood and youth.

The Shishkin family lived in the house from 1835 to 1937 - more than 100 years. After the artist’s death, property rights passed to the daughter of the painter Anna Repina.

The house-museum has two departments - an art gallery and a memorial complex. The gallery displays paintings by the artist and his friends. And in the complex the life of the Shishkin family is shown - a bedroom, a hall, a living room and an artist's workshop.

Memorial complex of Marina Tsvetaeva

The memorial complex of the poetess Marina Tsvetaeva is a unique object, the only monument in Russia and the nearest foreign countries in memory of the famous writer.

It includes many different objects - two museums, a house of memory. library, church, square, cafe and Peter and Paul Cemetery, where Marina Tsvetaeva is buried.

Literary Museum of Marina Tsvetaeva

Marina was born in Moscow on September 26, 1892 in the family of a pianist and founder of the Museum of Fine Arts. The girl grew up in an atmosphere of refinement, creativity and deep reasoning of parents.

The museum introduces visitors to Tsvetaeva's early childhood. The whole life of the poetess is hidden within the walls of the building - giving birth to children, emigrating to the Czech Republic and France, meeting with Efron. The literary museum displays editions of Tsvetaeva and other writers and poets.

The largest section is “Evacuation - Elabuga”

House of memory M.I. Tsvetaeva

In 1941, the City Council distributed the writer, along with her young son, to the brodel house. They were allocated a small room, from which they have now made a memory house.

In the building there were household accessories of the family that sheltered them - dishes, chests, a sewing machine and a mirror. Silently in the room are suitcases, on the couch lies an old plaid.

Marina’s notebook was preserved in the memory house.

Silver Age Library

The Silver Age Library was opened in 2005. She collected six thousand volumes of writers, poets and writers who published their works from the 1890s to the 1930s.

The library has a large reading room and a convenient search system for the desired work. Since 2015, you can get materials from the Yeltsin library in the Silver Age Library.

Marina Tsvetaeva Square

The magnificent square of Marina Tsvetaeva united all the places of the memorial complex of the poetess. When Marina was supposed to be one hundred and ten years old, the local authorities solemnly opened the square to all visitors. A bronze monument was erected in the center, which repeats the features of Tsvetaeva’s face.

The area is located at the intersection of Kazan and Malaya Pokrovskaya streets.

Museum-Estate of Nadezhda Durova

Nadezhda Durova participated in many iconic battles of World War II with France, which took place from 1812 to 1814. She became famous for her courage on the battlefields and the Notes, which attracted the attention of Pushkin.

Durova lived in Yelabuga from 1831 to 1866. At the end of the 20th century, a memorial plaque was erected near his house, and in 1987, they began to restore the writer's housing.

A year later, a museum was opened in the estate, which exhibited household items and the writer's work.

Kazanskaya street

Kazanskaya street passes through most of the cultural and historical monuments of Elabuga. The creation of the street was taken care of by Catherine the Second, who issued an order to lay roads in part of the city.

Initially, shops, benches, and other retail outlets were built on the "cassock". But later, landmark historical monuments appeared on it. To this day, the stone houses of the inhabitants of the city have been preserved.

A monument was erected on the square to the famous merchant Staheev. Nearby is the Tsvetaeva memorial complex.

Pedagogical University Building

Elabuga Pedagogical University is a beautiful three-story building, on top of which there is a dome. Money in 1898 for the construction of the university was allocated by a philanthropist from Elabuga Glafira Stacheev.

Under some bricks they put gold coins. According to signs, this was supposed to strengthen the foundation of the building, because gold is the most stable currency. During the Second World War, the university building housed educational institutions evacuated from captured cities.

City Alexander Park

In the Russian Empire there were two values ​​- the tsar and the fatherland. In honor of the coronation of Alexander the Second, a garden was built, which was named after the Emperor. Ten years later, the garden is redone according to English technology.

Under Soviet rule, attractions and carousels were established in the Alexander Park. In the 90s, they stopped looking at the park, so it went into desolation. But in 2010 it was restored.

The park hosts meetings with the descendants of famous residents of Elabuga.

Local history complex

The local history complex was opened in 2007. It includes two museums, a living area and workshops with interactive elements. The complex itself is located in a building built in the 19th century.

In museums you can find historical documents, ancient weapons, household items. And also see exhibitions, presentations and paintings of artists.

In a living corner animals and representatives of exotic fauna living in Elabug are shown. In the classroom, an interactive workshop makes pottery.

Museum Portomoynya

Portomoynya Museum is located opposite the Marina Tsvetaeva House-Museum. It is noteworthy that the poetess has repeatedly visited the port for its intended purpose.

In 2009, the Portomoynya Museum was opened - the only object of its kind in Tatarstan. This is an old building made entirely of stone. The museum has soap and laundry items - buckets, rockers and so on.

On the tablet you can read the history of soap making and feel the spirit of that time.

Museum of County Medicine V.M. Bekhtereva

The museum is located in the construction of the old Zemstvo hospital, which was built in the 19th century. The building has five halls filled with exhibits and interesting things.

For example, in one room, the interior of the doctor’s office of the 19th century, a pharmacy, an operating room and other objects of the medical complex are recreated.

Another room is dedicated to Bekhterev - a psychiatrist and a famous neuropsychiatrist. There are his personal items, texts of articles and medical supplies.

In the phytobar of the museum you can try tea from medicinal herbs.

Shishkinsky ponds

Shishkin ponds were built at the expense of the local merchant Ivan Vasilievich Shishkin - the father of the famous artist Ivan Shishkin. The territory was carefully looked after and watched. But after the October Revolution of 1917, there was no one to service the park.

After 2000, the local administration took over the Shishkin ponds, which built a park. They set up benches, erected small bridges and turned an unfurnished place into a comfortable urban environment.

Spassky Cathedral

At the end of the 16th century, an unprepossessing wooden church was built, in which prayers were constantly held. A few decades later, a new refuge of the gentlemen was built - a stone temple in honor of the icon of the Mother of God.

In the 18th century, a new cathedral was built on the site of the old at the expense of local authorities. A chapel was built nearby in the name of Prince Alexander Nevsky, which has survived to this day.

Now in the Spassky Cathedral there are prayers.

Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker

In place of the Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker there was a small church made of wood, which was built in the middle of the 17th century. In the 18th century, the church of God was rebuilt and made entirely of stone; in addition, another church was built next to it.

In the 19th century, on the site of two temples, one was built with the money of local residents and a wealthy merchant. The church houses the miraculous icon of St. Nicholas.

Under the Soviet Union, the Lord’s refuge was closed, all property was taken out and classrooms for the NKVD were equipped. But then they gave it to the bosom of the Orthodox Church and since 2008 on weekends they have been holding prayers.

What sights to see in one day

Let's start with a walk along Kazan Street, here are all the significant landmarks of historical and cultural heritage. In the first stage we will visit the Troitskoye cemetery, here the cavalrywoman and writer Durova is buried.

One of the oldest settlements in Tatarstan with a 1000-year history

Then we will walk around the Alexander Park, look at the “Descendants' Tree” and enjoy the picturesque places. We smoothly proceed to Shishkin Street, passing by all means we will come across a monument to the artist Shishkin. Going further we find the Church of St. Nicholas the Miracle Worker, Spassky Cathedral and the chapel of Alexander Nevsky.

Walk on Yelabuga in 2 days

We continue the journey, but now we have two days. We visited the Trinity Cemetery, the park and several cathedrals, and also visited the chapel.

Included in the Naberezhnye Chelny agglomeration and the Lower Kama territorial-production complex (TPK)

Further we will go to the memorial complex of Marina Tsvetaeva, in which we will look at the literary museum, the house museum and the monument named after Tsvetaeva. Going a little further notice Portomoynyu.

Located on the high right bank of the Kama River at the confluence of the Toyma River, 200 km east of the capital of the Republic of Kazan

We will not stop here and continue walking along Kazan Street, on which we notice the magnificent building of the Pedagogical University. On this our journey through Yelabuga will end.

After a walk along Yelabuga, go to Naberezhnye Chelny and such interesting cities of the Republic of Tatarstan as Kazan or Almetyevsk. The city of Bolgar, Perm and Nizhny Novgorod will give many discoveries. In addition, you can go to Dzerzhinsk, which is the second largest city in the Nizhny Novgorod region. If you want to continue your journey, then by all means visit Yaroslavl, Cherepovets and Cheboksary.

House-Museum of Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin

Visitors are invited to the house where the future brilliant painter spent his childhood and youth. The first floor of the house is dedicated to the life of the Shishkin merchant family, on the second is the painter’s workshop and his room. Demonstrates old interiors, paintings and etchings by I. Shishkin.

  • Embankment, 12.
  • It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Mondays.
  • Cost: for adults - 200 RUB, for students - 100 RUB.
  • Excursion service - 100 RUB per person.

City History Museum

A fascinating story about the settlement, starting with the life of the Bulgarians, the inhabitants of the Trinity Monastery of the village of Trekhsvyatsky. Most of the exposition tells about the famous merchants of Elabuga, their life activities. Survey, thematic, interactive tours, museum classes in craft workshops, lectures are offered.

  • Kazan, 26.
  • It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Mondays.
  • Cost: for adults - 250 RUB, for students - 150 RUB.
  • Excursion service - 100 RUB per person.

Museum-Theater "Tavern"

The original atmosphere will tell about Russian taverns of the XIX century, the assortment of dishes of national cuisine. The service is conducted by the hostess and the waiters, traditionally called sexually.

  • Kazan, 26.
  • It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Mondays.

Craft workshops and interactive activities

The museum preserves the craft traditions of the past, demonstrates the work of potters, wood artists, and weavers. Visitors can see the process of creating works of decorative art.

It is proposed to try your hand at pottery and weaving, you can buy finished products: souvenirs, pots, dolls, toys, amulets, paintings.

  • Kazan, 26.
  • It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Mondays.
  • Cost: for adults - 100 RUB, for schoolchildren - 50 RUB (with a guided tour).


In the XIX century, the house was a shop of the famous Elabuga merchant A.F. Nikolaev, today - exhibition halls for temporary exhibitions from the museum, as well as famous painters and sculptors. Themed evenings, exhibitions, ethnographic holidays are held.

  • Elabuga, st. Kazan, 24.
  • It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Mondays.
  • Cost: for adults - 100 RUB, for schoolchildren - 50 RUB (with a guided tour).

Hall of Modern Art

The museum contains the best works of modern creators of Tatarstan and, above all, Elabuga. Presented are paintings, drawings, sculptures and masters of arts and crafts.

  • Elabuga, st. Kazan, 17.
  • It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Monday, Tuesday.
  • Cost: adults - 100 RUB, students - 50 RUB (with a guided tour).

Literary Museum of Maria Ivanovna Tsvetaeva

Museum artifacts tell about the tragic life of Marina Tsvetaeva. Intravital publications, witnesses of her creative triumph and personal belongings of the poetess, illustrating the difficulties of everyday life, are presented.

  • Kazan, 61.
  • It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Mondays.
  • Cost: for adults - 100 RUB, for students - 50 RUB.
  • Excursion service - 100 RUB per person.

House of memory of Marina Ivanovna Tsvetaeva

The museum is dedicated to the famous poetess, occupies a memorial house that belonged to the Braudellers family. Here M. Tsvetaeva lived, having evacuated from Moscow.

  • Malaya Pokrovskaya, 20.
  • It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Mondays.
  • Cost: for adults - 150 RUB, for schoolchildren - 100 RUB (with a guided tour).

Museum-Estate of Nadezhda Andreevna Durova

The memorial house houses the only museum exhibit on the planet dedicated to Nadezhda Durova.

Interesting exhibits and home furnishings introduce the “cavalry girl”, who became the prototype of Shurochka Azarova, the heroine of the comedy “Hussar Ballad” (director E. Ryazanov), to childhood and youth. You can learn about her upbringing in the cavalry regiment, campaigns and hardships, participation in battles and creativity.

  • Moscow, 123.
  • It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Mondays.
  • Cost: for adults - 100 RUB, for schoolchildren - 50 RUB, excursion service per person - 100 RUB.

Museum of County Medicine V.M. Ankylosing spondylitis

For the museum exposition, a house built in 1881 was chosen, at the turn of the XIX – XX centuries. was a zemstvo hospital. Museum artifacts are a fascinating story about the development of medicine in and around Elabuga.

A separate part of the exposition introduces Vladimir Bekhterev, a well-known psychiatrist and neuropathologist.

Delicious drinks based on plant materials offers a phyto-bar.

  • Etc. Neftyanikov, 111a.
  • It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Mondays.
  • Cost: for adults - 100 RUB, for schoolchildren - 50 RUB, excursion service per person - 100 RUB.

"Damn" settlement

It occupies a central place in the list of attractions, located outside the city. In the X-XIV centuries. there was a Bulgarian settlement, from which for a long time only one stone tower was preserved.In 1844, it collapsed, leaving a small fragment, restored at the initiative of the merchant I.V. Shishkin, father of the famous artist.

You can inspect the tower, climbing the stairs, take a walk along the comfortable paths, relax on the benches, have a picnic and take great photos.

According to guest reviews, stunning views of the surroundings open from above. It is convenient to get by minibus No. 1 or by personal transport from Neftyanikov Ave.

"Alexander Park"

The beautiful corner of Yelabuga is the best place for walking, it was founded in 1856, significant improvement work has recently been carried out. There is something to see: rare trees and shrubs, a bridge and an original fountain, attractions for children.

  • Elabuga, st. The embankment.
  • It works constantly, admission is free.

"Far Far Away kingdom"

In the description of the park, children have only words of delight, in the fairytale park there is a hut of Baba Yaga, a playground, a mini zoo, a souvenir shop. Entertainment events and programs, quests and shows are organized, and adults with children are invited.

  • Elabuga, National Park "Lower Kama",
  • Entrance to the park is free.
  • The cost of excursions is 350 rubles. The prices for programs need to be clarified by the administrators.

Museum "Portomoynya"

The only museum in Tatarstan showing the work of Russian laundries of the 19th century. The atmosphere of a typical “dressing room” was recreated.

You can see buckets, troughs, rockers, underwear and women mannequins, dressed in the style of the century before last, doing laundry. The house is associated with the name of Marina Tsvetaeva, who lived nearby and often came here.

  • Elabuga, st. Malaya Pokrovskaya, 9.
  • It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Mondays.
  • Cost: adults - 150 RUB, students - 100 RUB (with a guided tour).

Tourists reviews

  • Irina Ivanovna, Kaliningrad
  • Tatyana, Bugulma
  • Petrova I.I., Elabuga
  • Sergey, Kazan

As you can see, this is not just a beautiful city, but also a place with a rich history and traditions, magnificent museums, a mysterious hillfort, picturesque parks and ancient architecture. Elabuga is a real time travel!