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500 Thousand Tourists Visited Udmurtia In 2015
25.01.2016 15:45
500 Thousand Tourists Visited Udmurtia In 2015

 500 thousand tourists visited Udmurtia last year which is 30% more than the year before, claimed the Prime Minister of the republic Viktor Solovyev on Tuesday.

      He added that the biggest attraction of the region – “Tol-Babay Mansion” (the Udmurtian Santa Claus’ house) – has been visited by 30% more tourists than the year before it. “Even though it was extremely cold, the visitors kept on coming. This is actually a megaproject,” said the chairman.

      He said that the government of Udmurtia is working on reserving another tourist attraction – “The residence of Baba Yaga” (a famous Russian fictional witch). Unfortunately the investor came from Tatarstan. Now he needs to leave and sell off his project. He wants a really high price for it. We hope to get a bargain though.” – said Solovyev.

      Udmurtia is the motherland of the world famous Russian composer PI Chaikovsky, author of numerous musical plays, operas and ballets, such as 'Schelkunchik', 'Sleeping Beauty', 'Swan Lake', 'Eugene Onegin', etc. that make a significant part of cultural heritage of the country. Over 40 years Izhevsk houses annual PI Chaikovsky International Musical Festival, one of most important cultural events in Russia. Udmurtia is also famous for its numerous archeological sites that unveil treasures of the ancient peoples that inhabited the area thousand years ago. Unique cultural traditions and history of the native population if the region – the Udmurtia culture - may be of great interest because of their ancient folkloric traditions and pagan beliefs that are still alive in the memory of Udmurts. Izhevsk Guns Plant museum is another popular attraction of the region famous for its rich traditions in arms industry. The Udmurts have congnate languages with Finnish and Hungarian people (renowned for Finno-Ugric). The people's name is supposed to be translated as "meadow people". Today the Udmurts make up one third of the population in the Republic (31%). Besides the Udmurts, Russians (58%), Tatars (about 7%) and some other 100 nationalities live in the Republic.




Author: Anna Dorozhkina


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