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June 22, 2016 00:38


Medvezhyegorsk is a small and quite cozy town. Unlike the majority of Karelian towns, the landscape is not as flat as a table, and it is coming down from the hills to Lake Onega. There is not any quay there, but if you get to the beach you will enjoy a beautiful view.

Once the village was called Bear Mountain (in Karelian - Karhumägi). It was situated quietly on the lake, until it became an administrative center of construction of White Sea Canal in 1930. It is a notorious building area that gave birth to many cities from the White Sea to Lake Onega. In 1938, the village got the city status, and Bear Mountain became a big city of Medvezhyegorsk. Number of title animal sculptures in the city runs high: bears in bronze, marble and gypsum. There are also sculptures a la "Morning in a pine forest", and bears in the north - with the fish and with bread and salt. Places are scenic and huge here. That is why sleepy Medvezhyegorsk became a cinematic capital of Karelia: films "The Fourth Height", "The trees grow on stones too", "Platinum 2" and «Piranha Hunting" were made here.

Most of all the inhabitants are proud of the fact that in 1984 Vladimir Menshov chose their city for the filming of "Love and Pigeons". Since then much has changed here. A house with a small courtyard at Street Nizhnyaya, 12, on the outskirts of Medvezhegorsk, where a team of Menshov was chasing pigeons, was not preserved. There was a fire. Then the new owner dismantled the "historic" building. Now a new house is located here, where a young family lives. Today Medvezhyegorsk makes timid attempts to become a ski resort. Lifts are far from perfect (it is necessary to clamber by oiled hook that is scary and dirty), and there are not many hills there. But there is a lot of snow there and you can ski even in April.


Author: Anna Dorozhkina


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