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Kalyazin (Tver Region) now is a pretty provincial town with 13, 000 tenants, situated on the banks of Volga and Zhabnya Rivers with forests along river banks and great spaces of Uglich water reservoir, of course. It is still and pictoresque. Kalyazin is very old and young at the same moment, because the most part of it is now retired under waters, including market square, Holy Trinity Monastery and Nikolsky Cathedral, the bell tower of which is still to be observed. Kalyazin was mentioned in written sources in the 12th century for the first time, but archaeologists say it appeared earlier. Old Kalyazin is partly saved, and we can recommend you historical buildings of churches Epiphany (1781), Ascension (1787) and Presentation in the Temple (1882). They are situated in the eastern part of the town, in urban area of 18 - 19th centuries.

Moreover, Kalyazin Museum of local history is also worth to peep into. Museum is situated in the building of already mentioned Epiphany church (1781), its exhibition tells visitors about history of the town before and after inundation. You can see town plans, sights of Kalyazin on the old photos and models of buildings which do not exist any more. New Kalyazin was built in the middle of 20th century, just before the World War II began for Russia.

The main sight of Kalyazin is a bell-tower of St. Nicolas church, sunken in 1939-1940, when water reservoir was created. It is worth to see the bell tower close and realize something, not only about Russian history but about yourself as well, because all of us can create and destroy as well, so we must remember about conscequences and responsibility. Especially on our making history. A church bell tower sticks out waters of Uglich water reservoir as a monument to human blindness and faith of early Soviet period that nothing but future is valuable.

This place is a monument to such human vices like pride, blindness and disrespect to the history, a monument which was constructed not by design, but appeared almost naturally: it was only protected from destruction during floating of ice: the bell tower is overblown with ground and sticks not directly out water. Other buildings, cathedral and monastery cannot be observed, even by divers: they were blown up and ruins bulldozed. That happened in 1939 - 1940. It leads us to the bottom of the Russian history, in all senses: first, to the early Soviet times, when whole towns and settlements disappeared under waters and bulldozers, because the people believed that they were building a new world, or even universe, much more better one, and history was not a thing to regret. The people thought, that everything was beginning then. On the other hand, Kalyazin's history began in the times when Russian medieval history was in its early days.



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Kalyazin
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