The kremlin on top of Zayachy Hill is a peaceful green haven in what can be a hot, dusty city. Its walls and gate towers were built in the 16th century using bricks from the ruins of the Golden Horde’s capital Saray…
Dating from 1698–1720, the Assumption Cathedral dominates the kremlin grounds and is decorated inside with attractive frescoes.
The Dogadin Art Gallery is especially strong on works of Astrakhan-born Boris Kustodiev, who painted lushly coloured semi-folkloric scenes of merchant life. Guided tours are in English. Call ahead.
The Local Studies Museum contains some interesting treasures excavated from the region, as well as exhibits on nature (including Volga fish) and local life. Temporary exhibitions fill one section.
Located inside the guardhouse from 1807, this museum gives quite a good insight into everyday life of soldiers in 19th century Astrakhan.
The artillery yard and museum has an interesting collection of historic weapons and a mock izba (Russian cottage).
Kriushi is also the location of the beautifully restored Ioann Zlatoust church, dating from 1763.
Covers the history of Astrakhan as a southern outpost of the Russian Empire from the 16th to the 19th century.
Come here for a small collection of portraits, drawings and personal objects from this futurist poet.
Kriushi is the location of beautifully restored St Ripsime Armenian church.