Volgograd is a big industrial city on the Volga, better known as Stalingrad. It was just there that the Stalingrad battle took place. It was the most important battle of the World War II, during which the city was completely destroyed. This battle is considered the most bloody in the world history as over 2 million people were killed on both sides.

The city was founded in 1555 and was called Tsaritsyn until 1925. The city quickly developed as it was located at the convenient place on the Volga. There were built the industrial enterprises and the first in Russia Nobel storages of oil, which was produced at the fields of Azerbaijan.

Considering that the city was almost completely destroyed during the World War, the same as German cities Dresden or Nuremberg, it has no historical sites. After the war there were doubts about the possibility of rebuilding the city, however, in the course of a decade Stalingrad was completely rebuilt.

Mamay Mound is the main sight of Volgograd. This is a hill near the city for which they fiercely fought for several months. Today it is the location of the world`s largest Memorial to the Heroes of Stalingrad Battle devoted to the World War II. From the foot of the memorial to the top of the hill where the Statue of the Motherland is located, there is a stair of 1.5 km long. Along the stair several terraced compositions are placed: the Monument "Fight to the Death", the ruined walls of the buildings destroyed during the battles, the Square of Heroes and the Square of Sorrow. The Eternal Flame is burning at the Hall of Glory. The Statue of Motherland is towering above the hill for 87 meters.

As any other Volga city, it has a beautiful embankment where there are always a lot of walking people. You can have a walk on the nearby Alley of Heroes where there is a memorial devoted to the Heroes of the Soviet Union. Also, you should see the «Pavlov House», where, as on Mamay Mound, there were cruel battles.

200 km from Volgograd in Astrakhan Region the Barsunchak Lake is located. The water of the lake is as salty as that of the Dead Sea in Israel. Many people are going there to have a dip in its waters. As on the Dead Sea, you can lie and read a newspaper on the water of Barsunchak Lake. The lake is dominated by the Bogdo Mount with red slopes.

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Sculpture of a soldier on the Square Fight to the Death at the foot of the monument Motherhomeland Calls
The monument of Motherland Calls on the top of Mamayev Kurgan, where he was the most fierce fighting
Changing of the guard at the Eternal flame in the hall of Military Glory on Mamaev Kurgan
Russian soldier on the Square Fight to the death in Mamaev Kurgan
Mourning monument near the Church of All Saints at Mamayev Kurgan
The entrance to the Museum of the Stalingrad battle
The Eastern side of the Mill Hegardt was attacked by the Germans, so this side is badly damaged
The Barmaley fountain in front of the Railway station in Volgograd
Photo of Emanuel Evzerikhin (23 August 1942) made after the first bombing of Stalingrad
The sky is reflected in the waters of the salt Lake Elton. This is similar to the Uyuni salt marsh in Bolivia
Salt crystals rise above the water of the salt lake Elton in the Volgograd region
The shore of Lake Elton is covered with a salt crust
The fountain «Art» before the descent to 62nd Army Embankment in Volgograd
The monumental stair and the Propylaea at the main descent to 62nd Army Embankment
The department store on the Square of the Fallen Fighters. The field marshal Paulus was taken prisoner at its basement on January 31, 1943.
The table where the act of capitulation was signed by field marshal Paulus at the state museum «Battle of Stalingrad» 
On the left side of the roof destroyed by direct hits of high-explosive bombs
The poplar on the Square of the Fallen Fighters which survived the Stalingrad battle
In the center of Heroes Square there is a pool, symbolizing the Volga river
The figure of Joseph Stalin at the table in the Stalin Museum in Volgograd
The stele on the side of Pavlov`s House facing the Volga embankment 
On the side of Lenin Square Pavlov`s House is a part of a huge memorial
Lenin monument in front of Pavlov`s House memorial in Volgograd
The visitors of the Battle of Stalingrad Panorama
The Volgograd planetarium was built in 1954 by the workers of the GDR
Memorial historical Museum of Volgograd is located in the mansion of Repnikov merchant
The Square of the Fallen Fighters is the place of the most fierce fighting for Stalingrad
Painting of artist Mashkov in the Museum of Fine arts in Volgograd