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Volga river it's a famous place to great fishing!

Astrakhan is a major city in southern European Russia and the administrative center of Astrakhan Oblast. The city lies on the left bank of the Volga River, close to where it discharges into the Caspian Sea.


Southern Venice, Astrakhan is sometimes called so, for its numerous canals and channels connected with the Volga. The city is situated on 11 islands.  Astrakhan may be also called the city of bridges: there are about 50 of them! Modern industrial bridges and small foot bridges, standard bridges and bridges with elaborated old-fashioned cast-iron lace — they all remain the main feature of “the city on the water”.


The architectural style of modern Astrakhan with lots of historical buildings makes it possible to call the city a historical museum under the open sky. Astrakhan was a large trade centre where Russia encountered the East: Indian, Persian and Armenian merchants erected their commercial town houses here. The city also attracted nomadic inhabitants of the steppes.


Astrakhan is situated in the Volga Delta, rich in sturgeon and exotic plants. One of the oldest industries here is a fish industry. Astrakhan is a large world exporter of caviar and various kinds of fish. Agriculture is also worth speaking of. Astrakhan is famous for its tomatoes and water-melons.


Transportation


Astrakhan is a frontier city — the southern gates of Russia. It is situated on the crossroads between Europe and Asia, which makes  it a commercial and transport center. Astrakhan has a large river and seaport. The main waterway of the country, the Volga, flows through Astrakhan and connects it with the Black, Baltic, Northern and Mediterranean seas. All these advantages made the city of Astrakhan a linking point for the goods coming from India and Iran to Europe.






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