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.
Some pictures of the city itself. One of its numerous mosques.
The memorial to the journalists suffered for the freedom of speech. “Instead of you your words have stayed…”
The floral clock. The date is changed daily. The hands are set in motion every minute.
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.
A local market. Products to every taste.
This guy on a bike delivers fresh bread.
Dozens of umbrellas are spread over the stalls before the rain.
“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.
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.
This is the Heart of Chechnya Mosque located on one the main streets of Grozny. Its construction was completed in 2009.
Outdoor lighting of buildings.
The Sunzha River.
An Orthodox church.
The woman’s face is covered with a shawl (similar to the niqab).
The complex of buildings “Grozny City”. The height of some of them is up to 40 storeys.
Street cleaning. And women again.
The city’s center leaves a good impression. All is clean and beautiful. New roads, new buildings.
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.
“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.
The eternal flame burns in the memory of fallen heroes.
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.
The museum itself is a part of exposition. A mixture of different styles, Moroccan columns, vaulted arches, bas-reliefs with national Chechen ornaments…
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”.
More than 500 paintings adorn the walls of the museum. All of them were donated by their authors.
Marble in the main hall was brought from Spain.
And this is the park area of the complex.
Forged elements of a bench form a graceful ornament.
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.
After passing a small courtyard with a fountain you find yourself at the entrance to the mosque. Here you must take off your shoes.
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.
The height of minarets is 62 meters.
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).
The white marble was brought from Turkey.