Svtloyar

The Invisible Town of Kitezh The Invisible Town of Kitezh Kitezhskaya Rus is a fantastic picturesque land with many legends about it. Pavel Melnikov-Pechersky wrote about Nizhegorodian Zavolzhye: «Russia has been standing on purity there since ancient times — it is preserved until now as it was in the times of our ancestors*. One of…

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Semenov

The Capital of Golden Khokhloma The Capital of Golden Khokhloma Semenov is an ancient centre for decorative woodworking. The area is rich with woods, and was largely settled in the 17th century. It gathered many skilled craftsmen from among the Old Believer community and as well as fugitive artisans who were experts in woodcarving and…

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Gorodets

The town of craftsmen Gorodets The oldest city of the Nizhny Novgorod region, the pearl of the region — Gorodets is situated 70 kilometers away from Nizhny Novgorod, on the left-hand bank of the Volga. The town was founded in 1152 by Prince Yuri Dolgorukiy as a fortress aimed to defend the most remote lands…

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Pavlovo

The Russian capital of metalworkers The ancient city of metalworkers, the Russian capital of metalworkers — Pavlovo — is located on the high right-hand bank of the Oka river. It was founded back in the 13th century. Various crafts started to develop rapidly in Pavlovo, which was situated along the waterway from Moscow to the…

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Bogorodsk

The Versailles of Nizhniy Novgorod The beautiful and cozy town of Bogorodsk emerged from a small 16th-century settlement, which was situated on the road from Nizhny Novgorod to Murom. The settlement got its name after a chapel of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin that was built there. In 1615 Bogorodsk was granted to one…

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Bolshoe Boldino

Bolshoe Boldino is an intimate nook that has much to do with life and wotk of great Russian poet Alexandet Pushkin. An old manor, a park with a seties of small lakes and waterfalls, an alley of silver birches and weeping willows, the sweet smell of an apple orchard, fairytale summer houses and bridges, a…

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