Current weather in Astrakhan.


Astrakhan is situated in the upper reaches of the Volga River, about 100 km from the Caspian Sea. The city was founded by Russian troops in 1558 after the entire Volga River region was taken by Ivan the Terrible from Tatars. The original Tatar town was destroyed and a kremlin was built on top of the dominant hill on the east bank of the river.

Entrance to the Kremlin is through the Belfry Gate built in 1912

The Assumption Cathedral built in 1698-1710

Lenin leans away from gold crosses

A modern administrative building

Visit the fish market to pick up some delicious snacks

The delta of the Volga River divides into thousands of branches. It is home to flocks of waterfowl and other birds. Over 100 spieces of fish inhabit these waters.