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Tver City Garden or Gorsad, as city dwellers call it, is located in the city center on the right bank of the Volga River on the former territory of the Tver Kremlin. The first plants appeared here in the early 1770s. The Garden was formed in 1831 through the merger of Dvortsovy, Gubernatorskiy and later Obshchestvenny gardens (architected by I.F.Lvov). The oldest part of the City Garden (former Dvortsovy garden) was set up in regular style in 1776 as per architect P.R.Nikitin's design. 

In the mid-19th century, the governor of Tver ordered to equip the City Garden with the necessary facilities. A few years later, the Garden was opened to the public. All adjacent streets and quays were paved with cobblestones, and many benches were placed in the Garden. More than 2500 saplings of poplar, birch, chestnut, maple, mountain ash, cedar, arborvitae, different kinds of firtree, dog rose, lilac, acacia and arrowwood decorated the Garden. The Garden became one of the most popular places of recreation among Tver's dwellers. It was called in different ways: Gorodskoy (city garden), Obshchestvenny (public garden), Znamenskiy (garden of the sign) (the Church of the Sing of the Mother of God was located next to it). In 1904 the merchant of the top guild Ivan Vaganov donated money to the Garden, and a fountain was built.

The modern City Garden was established in 1931. During the Great Patriotic War, it was sawed down for economic needs, and after the War it was planted again with changes in the layout. 

It covers the area of 9 hectares. There are numerous amusements in the Garden, including a Ferris wheel. You can admire the beauty of Tver city while riding on it.

There are also several monuments: to A.S. Pushkin sculptured by O.K. Komov, to the Grand Prince of Tver Mikhail Yaroslavovich (sculptured by Ye.A. Antonov), to Karl Marx (sculptured by A.A. Shimkunas).

There is an Officer's Club opposite the main entrance to the City Garden in Sovetskaya Street. It was built in 1841, as per design of the provincial architect I.F. Lvov as the Nobility Assembly. And there was the House of the Governor (10 Sovetskaya str.) nearby. Today it accommodates Tver's diocesan administration - the residence of the ruling bishop.

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