NIZHEGORODSKY OSTROG is a branch of the Nizhniy Novgorod State Reserve Museum of History and Architecture. This former regional criminal and transit prison is situated behind the high houses in Svoboda square. The building of the Prison with four corner towers was built by the talented Russian architect I.E.Efimov (1795-1841) in outskirts of Nizhniy Novgorod in 1823. The architectural complex consists of the prison building itself with a church and cells under it? And a house of guard connected with brick walls having gate.The Ostrog is connected with soldiers - the participants of the Decembristskiy uprising in 1825, the writers M.Gorky and V.Korolenko, the revolutionaries F.Dzerzhinskiy, Ya.Sverdlov, D.Pavlov and others wyo were imprisoned here in different periods of the XIX-early XX centuriesIn October of 1914 the Nizhegorodian regional prison was moved to new buildings on Arzamas road. Since the remained buildings of the prison have been called Old Castle.
In 1981 a decision was made to include all the buildings of the Ostrog into the Nizhniy Novgorod State Reserve Museum of History and Architecture.
Nowadays the building of the Ostrog covered with legends inseparably linked with the history of our city is being restored with the appearance being renovated.
This place living by its history has recently opened wide its doors and shows its mystery with people