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The Pearl of Russia

July 9 2007

Vologda is situated not far from St. Petersburg, and is therefore not surprising that there had called Peter I. Tourists usually with interest visit the house where he lived, which is called "Museum of Peter the Great" or "Peter's house." There awaited them a lot of interesting things: coat of Peter I, his death mask and even a bronze copy of his hands. One of the exhibits - fun for the soldier's flask of vodka with so relevant in our time the words "Drink wine, anise, but the mind does not propene. And it is exactly what not to miss - so it Borodovoy sign, reminiscent of distant times, when men who do not shave their beards, Peter I impose a tax on beards. Among the exhibits and the Goblet of Alexander Menshikov, with the inscription "Long live Prince Alexander Danilovich!, Two chairs, Dutch with the date" 1704 "," Mirror "with the decrees of Peter's arms - barrels of guns, Mace and a gun with shock-flint-lock and other items characterizing the Petrine era.

Walking around town, go look at one of the shrines of the Russian North - the majestic Hagia Sophia. This is the first stone church of the city, and it was built in the likeness of the Assumption Cathedral in Moscow Kremlin. After visiting the temple, pay attention to his painting - the author of this beautiful 17 th century famous painter Dmitry Plekhanov. Next to the grandeur of Sofia, affecting all its splendor, is amazing Vologda Kremlin. If you ascend the gallery of the cathedral bell tower, the kind of amazing just breathtaking. In the Kremlin's eyes just run away from what a beautiful and amazing monuments of wooden architecture is built.

There are not without interest in the city museum of "The World of forgotten things", an exposition which introduces the culture and daily life of citizens in pre-revolutionary era, as well as family portraits XVIII - XIX centuries. The Museum is known for his theatrical and musical salon.

And in Vologda is that's what attraction: a museum teacher Alexander Pushkin! K. Batyushkov was born in Vologda, and was indeed poetic guru, the great Russian poet. Mansion Museum Batiushkov can be found on the street named in his honor the same. Incidentally, in the Vologda is a monument, which locals nicknamed the horse monument Batiushkov. Do you know why? This sculpture portrays the poet's standing next to a horse, not sitting on horseback - that people and joking. Incidentally, the world's only equestrian monument to the poet.

Vologda warmly welcomes tourists, tired of walking, you can relax in another way: go to a river cruise along the Vologda region and explore the surrounding area from the deck of the steamer. 2 km to the northeast of the city an array of Vologda, in the bend of the same river, is located Prilutsky Saviour Monastery. It was founded in 1371 by Dmitry Prilutsky - associate of Sergius.

In the Vologda region very interesting, for example, Gryazovets Museum, where you can learn everything about the main occupation of the inhabitants of the county Gryazovetsky - flax. At 12 km from Vologda, on the way to St. Cyril and Ferapontov Belozersky monastery houses the Museum of Wooden Architecture. Here in its original form collected 19 peasant buildings since the beginning of XIX-XX centuries, in these houses, the interior of the era. Museum Mozhaiskii dedicated Vologda period of the life and activities of the Russian inventor in the field of aeronautics is in settlement Mozhaiskom.

And if on returning to Vologda you pull, say, a theater or an exhibition, please! The city has Vologda Drama Theatre, is quite suitable for leisure inveterate theatergoer, as well as the fairgrounds, where temporary exhibitions are held by authors from other regions.

Hotels and restaurants - of course, these little things, too, thought out, down to the fact that the city has a lounge for lovers of exotic Vietnamese cuisine.Some restaurants are discos, and one renowned for being located in a former church. Here, live music, a fireplace room and the original architecture have a romantic pastime.

Exquisite classical music can be heard during the weekend in south-west tower of the Vologda Kremlin. And if you get into the city on some local holiday, then you have a chance to hear not only classics, but also to participate in colorful folk festivals. They are held there, and nobody will be bored, when under the bells chime will come to speak folk choir and dance groups. By the way, if you're lucky, here you can catch some new art or photo exhibition.

Natalia Filippovich


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