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Ethnographic Cluster Will Be Created In Tambov
12.02.2016 15:54
Ethnographic Cluster Will Be Created In Tambov

 An ethnographic cluster that recreates the life of a Russian village of late XIX - early XX centuries will be constructed in the village of Atamanov Ugol.

      The project of tourist and ethnographic centre provides for the establishment of three functional areas: a playing field, tourist and ethnographic museum complexes. For this purpose an open competition for development of the architectural concept of the cluster has been announced.

      A living tradition of fisticuffs has been preserved in this village. Since 2010 ethnographers and historians have been holding the “Ataman Fists” Festival here, it involves competitions in traditional Russian sports and amusements. In 2013 “Ataman Fists” has been included into the register of the intangible cultural heritage of the peoples of Russia.


      “Tambov” is a Mordovian word meaning “deep pool”. Since Tambov territory was inhabited by the Mordovians, many places still keep their Mordovian names. The city of Tambov was founded in 1636 as a fortress to protect southern territories of the Muscovy from nomad attacks. Later, when borders moved southwards, the town lost its defensive status. For a long time the town looked like a large and unkempt village. In 1779 Tambov became the chief city of Tambov vicegerency, and seven years later famous Russian poet Gavril Derzhavin arrived to rule the town. Tambov’s coat-of-arms appeared in 1781 – it showed the hive and three golden bees on sky-blue, symbols of hardworking and beekeeping. Development of Tambov started only in 19th century – at that time 12 thousand citizens dwelled in the town. Alexander Kornilov became Tambov’s governor in 1838 and ruled the city for five years, bringing many good changes to the region. The World War II (Great Patriotic war) brought grief to the city and killed many Tambov dwellers. The city hosted zillions of refugees and served as an enormous hospital for wounded soldiers and civilians. Since Tambov was located very close to the front, large military elements were formed in the city for further transportation to war theatre. Today the city of Tambov is a large industrial centre, but also has many cultural and educational institutions for its population to follow the beat of civilization. Green areas on the banks of the river Tsna are perfect for having a rest and walking around.



Author: Anna Dorozhkina


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