One of the fastest developing cities of Russia, Grozny, the capital of the Republic of Chechnya, echoes Dubai with its new structures and majestic mosques. Known for its historical places, museums, parks and entertainment centres, Grozny’s redevelopment proceeds at a rapid rate.
Top things to see and do in Grozny
- Akhmad Kadyrov Mosque. Officially known as "The Heart of Chechnya", it is one of the largest mosques in Russia. This magnificent mosque expresses the rebirth of the city.
- Akhmad Kadyrov Museum. An enormous museum dedicated to the late Chechen leader Ahmet Kadyrov, is a memorial of his life. This museum is two-storey, which opens up to spectacular floors of a colossal exhibition hall decorated with marble and crystals.
- Grozny-City. Set against the beautiful Heart of Chechnya mosque is city’s most modern part - Grozny-City with its gleaming skyscrapers, various cafes and restaurants, as well as business and shopping centres.
- National Museum of the Chechen Republic. This traditionally designed museum embraces the history of the Chechen people. If you want to see galleries of ancient fabrics, weapons and extensive heritage of the ancient Chechnya you should plan a trip to this museum.
- Archangel Michael Church: This stunning Orthodox church, opened in 1880, was built in the old Russian style. Having been destroyed during the unsettling times, it has been entirely revamped and carefully restored to its original look.
- Light and music fountain. Located in the sports and recreational tourist complex “Grozny Sea” this enormous 300-meter-wide fountain is not to be missed. As the sun sets watch the water show with its powerful yet graceful water jets dancing to the music of local and international artists.
- Shashlik-Mashlik Food Festival. This festival is famous not only for all the food stalls that serve Chechen delicacies cooked over an open fire but for a host of entertainment with traditional Chechen music and dance shows all throughout the day. Here you can try various dishes right from Zhizhig Galnish (Meat Noodles) to Khingalsh and shashlik - the traditional meat skewers. For sweet tooth the best thing to try is Chechen Corn Pudding and ‘Chudu’ - Chechen pies.
Tips for travellers
If you want to experience the nature of Chenya region, take a guided day trip to the mountains to see the magnificient Argun canyon, kayak or zip-line over the deepest lake in the Caucasus Mountains Lake Kezenoy-am, or visit the medieval castle Pkhachok (Пхачок) with its impressive towers.