This river city was a pleasant surprise. We saw the inevitable
cathedrals, a small art museum, and a pleasant inner city enviroment.
You'll note a large city hall built in Stalinist style as Party
headquarters. Fortunately, the Nazis did not get across the Volga to
occupy and destroy, though the city, a major industrial center, was
bombed. The initial slides are of the Great Patriotic War memorial.