Welcome to Ulyanovsk
There are several museums and memorials scattered around town dedicated to Lenin's legacy. Dig a little deeper, though, and Ulyanovsk's apolitical charms begin to emerge. The city was founded as Simbirsk in the 17th century and for a while it was a favourite retreat for young nobles. Many young aristocrats spent summers here dreaming of great endeavours while lounging between noontime breakfasts and late-afternoon naps. Their lifestyle was epitomised by Simbirsk native Ivan Goncharov in his novel Oblomov.