Vladivostok is the capital and the largest city of Primorye. With a population of 660,000 people and a total area of over 600 sq. km, it is also the largest city of the Russian Far East and, of course, one of the most interesting and remarkable cities of Russia. Vladivostok is one of the ten most prospective cities of the world, as special UNESCO Commission determined.
On June 20 (July 2), 1860 the military supply ship “Manchur” was called to the Golden Horn Bay to found an outpost of Vladivostok (“possess the East”). In 1862 it officially became a port. On April 28 (May 10), 1880 Vladivostok was officially proclaimed a city and in 1889 — a fortress.
Vladivostok was founded in Jule 2nd 1860 by N. N. Muravyov-Amursky governor general. In 1862 a military post was renamed in port, and in order to increase the volume of foreign trade he was awarded the status of porto-franco (Freeport).
In 1890-ies Vladivostok was gradually transformed into a place of concentration of Russian culture in the Far East. Vladivostok was the organizational center of the expeditions of Russian travelers and scientists N. M. Przhevalsky, S. O Makarov, V. K. Arseniev, V. K. Komarov and others.
In 1899 Oriental Institute, first place in Russia to study oriental languages, was opened in Vladivostok.
After the Soviet takeover in 1917 the city government repeatedly had been changing, and military landings of Japanese, British, French and American invaders landed.
Becoming in 1958 a naval base of the Soviet Navy, for 30 years Vladivostok was closed to foreigners.
In 1959, after a visit to the United States, Nikita Khrushchev (the leader of USSR) arrived in Vladivostok. Being impressed by his visit to America, Khrushchev put forward the slogan to make Vladivostok city better than San Francisco. The result of this visit was the rapid housing construction of 60-ies years and the strongest impulse to the development of the city at the whole Soviet period. In particular, funicular railway and Stoletiya Vladivostoka Avenue were built.
In Vladivostok city Leonid Brezhnev and Gerald Ford had conducted the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks in 1974. At that time, two countries decided quantitative limits on various nuclear weapons systems and banned the construction of new land-based ICBM launchers
In 2012 Vladivostok was hosting the 24th APEC summit. Leaders from the APEC member countries met on Russky Island, off the coast of Vladivostok. The city had great changes in addition the Vladivostok International Airport were renovated and upgraded.
For a decades Vladivostok residents have dreamt of a bridge connecting two parts of the city. Finally, in the beginning of the 21st century, the federal government has allocated funds for the construction of three bridges. The Golden Bridge is the bridge across Zolotoy Rog Bay, The Russky Bridge is the bridge to Russky Island (the span length is 1,104 meters—the longest in the world) and the bridge across Amur Bay. All bridges needed to be built in three years, by the 2012 APEC Summit. Today, a ride across all three bridges is a necessity for every person who visits Vladivostok.
Vladivostok is the closest city to the Asian Pacific region among all the European cities. The city is located only 80 minutes flight from Seoul, Niigata and Osaka. During summer time in July-August, direct charter flights from Narita (Tokyo) are operated.
FREGAT AERO invites you to explore this amazing city with a dramatic past and a great future