Museum of Sochi History


Here's a smallish museum that delves into Sochi’s archaeological history, its maritime roots, its role in WWII and other aspects of its social history. What shines is the space display, with the Soyuz 9 capsule that returned to earth in June 1970 after 18 days in orbit. On board was a local lad, engineer Sevastyanov, and his pilot, Nikoliev.

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4. Art Museum

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5. Arboretum

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6. Stalin's Dacha

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7. Mt Bolshoy Akhun Lookout Tower

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8. Vorontsovskaya Cave

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