I am Catherine. Taganrog is my native town. It is situated in the south-west of Russia on the Azov Sea. Taganrog was founded by Peter the First in 1698. It was a fortress first. Later it became an important seaport and a town of merchants in the south of Russia.
At that time our town was multinational and multicultural. People of more than one hundred nationalities lived there side by side. If you walk in the old part of the town, you will see a lot of ancient houses, built in Romanesque, Grecian and even Gothic styles. How beautiful they are!
The streets and stones of Taganrog remember A.S. Pushkin, P.I. Tchaikovsky, G. Garibaldi, A.I. Kuindzi, K. G. Paustovsky, I.D. Vasilenko and other famous people who visited our town in different times or lived there.
But there is one name that made Taganrog famous all over the world. It’s Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, one of the greatest Russian writers and dramatists. He was born in 1860, on the 29th of January, in the family of a merchant in Taganrog. He lived in our town until he was 19. And that period had greatly influenced and inspired almost all his stories and plays.
A.P. Chekhov never forgot about his native town and did a lot to support its citizens: he always contributed to different funds and projects which took place in Taganrog. He sent a great number of books for our local library; he took part in all good undertakings of the town.
Taganrog is especially beautiful in summer! Every year a lot of tourists come to see the sights of Taganrog. There are a lot of museums and historical places to visit. Walking along the streets, you can come across different museums and sculptures which represent well-known characters from Chekhov’s stories or famous people who lived in Taganrog many years ago.
I would like Taganrog to flourish for ever and ever!
Shamarova Catherine, 7 - A