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July 30, 2015 01:25


A small provincial town of Kingisepp attracts tourists by its rich history, the remnants of an ancient fortress, cozy streets with well-preserved old buildings and a regular layout.

Local peculiarities

The Day of the Town is celebrated on the second Sunday of June. The traditional autumn agricultural fair is held in the end of September. They sell potatoes, meat, fish and seafood, honey, fruits, nursery plants. All these products are made by local farms and farmers.


Finno-Ugric tribes of Vod, Izhora and Chud have lived in the basins of the rivers Narva and Luga since ancient times. The Slavs also began to settle in these places from V-VI centuries. Kingisepp – “a stone town on Luga, on Yam” - was founded by the Novgorod boyar Ivan Fedorovich as a fortress of Yam in 1384. It was built in 33 days. The fortress received its name from the Finnish tribe “yam” that lived on the banks of the Luga River since time immemorial.

The chronicles mention this town as Yama (1395), Yamsky town (1397), and Yama-town (1444). The town was called Yamburg from 1703 to 1922, in 1922 it was renamed as Kingisepp by the surname of the Estonian Communist. The town passed under the jurisdiction of Sweden two times - at the end of the Livonian War, in 1583 (returned to Russia in 1585), then under the conditions of the Treaty of Stolbovo in 1617 – almost for 100 years.

Finally the town returned to Russia during the Great Northern War in 1703. In 1708 Yamburg was transferred to the possession of his Highness Prince Menshikov, and after his exile the town was given to the treasury. Yamburg was given the status of a town by the decree of Catherine II.



Author: Anna Dorozhkina

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