One Day In Grozny

One Day In Grozny

These photos show only a tiny part of what was happening in Grozny at the time of armed conflicts. But local people do not live in the past. They actively construct new houses. Here and there you can see unique architectural landmarks. People communicate openly with each other, and youngsters freely walk down the streets.

One Day In Grozny

Some pictures of the city itself. One of its numerous mosques.

One Day In Grozny

One Day In Grozny

One Day In Grozny

The memorial to the journalists suffered for the freedom of speech. “Instead of you your words have stayed…”

One Day In Grozny

The floral clock. The date is changed daily. The hands are set in motion every minute.

One Day In Grozny

It’s mainly women who improve flower beds and clean streets in Grozny. Islam obliges them to cover their heads, and they strictly follow this rule.

One Day In Grozny

A local market. Products to every taste.

One Day In Grozny

This guy on a bike delivers fresh bread.

One Day In Grozny

Dozens of umbrellas are spread over the stalls before the rain.

One Day In Grozny

“Ministry of Internal Affairs” (MIA), “Chechnya”, “Special Forces”. T-shirts with such slogans are very popular. Many people wear tracksuits with the word “Russia” written on them.

One Day In Grozny

Great attention is paid to safety. Riot police is on duty at some bus stops. Office buildings and public places are all well protected. Police patrols the streets. When verifying the documents they are usually very polite. So in general, there are a lot of armed people in the city.

One Day In Grozny

This is the Heart of Chechnya Mosque located on one the main streets of Grozny. Its construction was completed in 2009.

One Day In Grozny

Outdoor lighting of buildings.

One Day In Grozny

The Sunzha River.

One Day In Grozny

An Orthodox church.

One Day In Grozny

The woman’s face is covered with a shawl (similar to the niqab).

One Day In Grozny

Kadyrov Avenue.

One Day In Grozny

One Day In Grozny

The complex of buildings “Grozny City”. The height of some of them is up to 40 storeys.

One Day In Grozny

Street cleaning. And women again.

One Day In Grozny

The city’s center leaves a good impression. All is clean and beautiful. New roads, new buildings.

One Day In Grozny

A memorial complex of glory named after Akhmat-Khadzhi Kadyrov was opened on May 8, 2010.

The 5-hectare territory of “Walk of Fame” can be divided into 2 parts: a park area and a central building which has several tiers. The lower tier is a museum of the First President of the Chechen Republic, and the upper one is decorated with a 40-meter gold-plated spire in the form of a medieval tower.

The construction of the complex lasted six months and more than 1000 specialists were involved in it.

One Day In Grozny

“Akhmat-Khadzhi Kadyrov’s Museum”, “The first president of the Chechen Republic, the Russia’s hero, Akhmat-Khadzhi Kadyrov (1951-2004)”.

At the entrance to the museum and throughout the whole territory there stand marble slabs with the names of the residents of Chechnya who took part in the war.

One Day In Grozny

The eternal flame burns in the memory of fallen heroes.

One Day In Grozny

The exposition dedicated to the first president of the Chechen Republic is divided into two parts. The first one exhibits his personal belongings and photographs. And the second one is the copy of his office.

One Day In Grozny

Nation’s leaders.

One Day In Grozny

The museum itself is a part of exposition. A mixture of different styles, Moroccan columns, vaulted arches, bas-reliefs with national Chechen ornaments…

One Day In Grozny

The chandelier under the dome of the museum deserves special attention. It weighs 1.5 tons. The outside metal elements are covered with 999 gold. It was brought from Iran. One of the edges of the chandelier has an inscription in the Nakh language which says: “Let justice prevail”.

One Day In Grozny

More than 500 paintings adorn the walls of the museum. All of them were donated by their authors.

One Day In Grozny

Marble in the main hall was brought from Spain.

One Day In Grozny

And this is the park area of the complex.

One Day In Grozny

Forged elements of a bench form a graceful ornament.

One Day In Grozny

One Day In Grozny

The “Heart of Chechnya” named after Akhmad Kadyrov is a real adornment of Grozny. It is situated in the heart of the city, on the territory of the Islamic complex. Being the largest in Europe, it is able to hold up to 10.000 people. Its construction began in the late 80’s, but was suspended. So it was finished only in 2006-2008.

One Day In Grozny

After passing a small courtyard with a fountain you find yourself at the entrance to the mosque. Here you must take off your shoes.

One Day In Grozny

The mosque is decorated with a huge amount of marble (including its rare sorts). Vaulted arches, national patterns, bright paintings, amazing cleanliness around. This shows the Muslims’ reverent attitude toward their religion. Islam is not only a religion but also a way of life.

One Day In Grozny

The height of minarets is 62 meters.

One Day In Grozny

The image of a crescent with a star is a traditional symbol of all Islamic sacred sites (even though it had been used long before Islam appeared).

One Day In Grozny

The white marble was brought from Turkey.

24 thoughts on “One Day In Grozny”

  1. Few pics show a clear sky, is it always that cloudy over there?

    I loved the street market picture, looks nice to be walking around there!

  2. Not too many people on the streets, guess it was early on sunday or something?

    And they mention youngsters, but none can be seen?

  3. and this is how Chechnya turned into kadiristan…
    btw the mosque in the pictures is very similar with the blue mosque in istanbul,except its interrior

  4. Equal rights under Socialism. Slavery and submission under theocracy. Some progress.
    And the obscene wealth in the mosques: looks like Liberace decorated them.

  5. ive been there, its one of the best looking cities in russia, and this isnt showing the impressive stadium and airport, or other building in the city, + this was shot on a cloudy day, which is unusual for chechnya!

  6. I have been fascinated with Chechnya for quite some time. I would like to visit maybe as a student with a guide sometime. It’s a country that has peaked my interest, odd I know.

  7. Where have all the adherents to Wahhab and Al Qaeda gone …to Syria I expect, to fight for the USA and its Free Syrian Army campaign for ‘Freedom & Democracy’

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