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The Strizhament Preserve Has a New Ecological Route
5.09.2017 12:54
The Strizhament Preserve Has a New Ecological Route

A tourist ecological route with a length of 12 kilometers was opened in the Stavropol Territory, the Strizhament preserve, the press service of the head of the region reports.

"Tourists are given the opportunity to get acquainted with the flora and fauna of this protected area for free," the report said. The press release notes that on the new eco-route one can meet 18 species of animals and 13 species of plants listed in the Red Book.

      The central Caucasus begins to arise from the steppe in a fascinating landscape studded with mineral springs, mountain chains and dead volcanoes. The springs’ curative power has always attracted wounded, sick or holiday-minded people from all over Russia. Today this land known as Kavkazskie Mineralnye Vody (Caucasian Mineral Waters) is the biggest holiday resort in Russia for both holidaymakers and patients. The parks and elegant spa buildings recall the late 19th century, when fashionable society came here for rest, balls and even for a spouse. The whole region is also connected with the name of Mikhail Lermontov, great Russian poet, who lived here for some time, described the area in his bets novel ‘A Hero of Our Time’ and was killed in a duel in 1841. Many local sites tell about the poet and his life in the Caucasus. Mild climate, over 130 healing springs, verdant parks, 19th century Baths and glass galleries are the highlights of the resort experience in Stavropol Territory.

      Stavropol was the Russian military supply center throughout the Caucasus campaigns that lasted until 1850s. The region is still an important industrial and cultural center of the Central Caucasus. Stavropol, the capital city of the region, was founded in 1777 as one of the defense fortresses protecting the southern border of Russia. Since 1822 Stavropol – which means ‘town of the cross’ – became the center of the Caucasus region. In the 18-19th centuries Stavropol was on the main post road connecting the Caucasus with central regions of European Russia, which contributed to the city’s development into a large commercial and administrative center. In 1935 the city got the name of Voroshilovsk after the famous Soviet statesman K.E. Voroshilov (1881-1969). Yet, in 1943 when the city was liberated from Nazi troops, it got its ancient name of Stavropol.


Author: Anna Dorozhkina


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