Name: Alexander Podgorchuk

Age: 37

Profession: Photographer

City: Kaliningrad

Can you give us a short description of your city? Where is it located? What is it famous for? Kaliningrad is Russia's westernmost city. It is cut off from the "mainland" of the country by Lithuania and Belarus. The sea port is Russia's main naval base in the Baltic Sea.

What are some things that only locals would know about the city? 

  • Up until 1945, the city was in German territory.
  • The city's architectural "face" was seriously disfigured during the Soviet era. 
  • It is the world's largest source for amber.
  • Every resident of the oblast has visited Vilnius or Warsaw, but few have been to Moscow.

Which places or sites are a must for someone to see if they visit your city? Kant, the Cathedral, the huge unfinished House of Soviets, the sea, amber, the weather.

Anything else? It is a very interesting city, especially from the point of view of news. Things are never quiet here. Something is always happening. It is a rather lively and mercurial city. There are lots of visitors from all over and thus lots of different kinds of people.

Instagram: @podgorchuk

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