Morshansk Municipal Garden, today called Pushkin Garden, was laid in the first half of the 19th century. Back in those days, the garden stood on a swampy place and had only one alley. Throughout its history the garden got burnt down twice but was still a favourite resting-place of Morshansk noblemen and merchants.
Supposedly in 1873 a monument to Emperess Catherine II was erected in the garden. In the centre of the pedestal there were the words: “To the Mother-Emperess Catherine II — the founder of Morshansk“. During the Soviet years the monument was ruined and the director of Morshansk History and Art Museum managed to save only the bust of Catherine from the destruction. It was kept in the museum storeroom and at the beginning of 1990s it was installed in the yard of the museum.
After the Great Patriotic War the area of the municipal garden increased up to 4,5 hectares. Here larches, birches, maples and ornamental bushes were planted. On the territory of the garden there were three open-air stages, a dance floor, a reading pavillion, a lecture hall, various buffets, kiosks, stalls offering cool drinks. In the old days, favoured by many flower exhibitions were arranged here.
In 1968 in one of the alleys of the municipal garden a monument to the victims of Great Patriotic War was opened.
Today the municipal garden is Morshansk citizens‘ site of leisure. Park amusements are availible for the visitors of the garden in summer.
Источник фотографий: Russia.Travel