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The village Of Voznesenka
December 30, 2016 20:45


The village of Voznesenka strikes the approaching travelers immediately and from a long distance: a huge seven-headed stone Cathedral of the Byzantine style stands in the Bashkir province, among the nearly pristine nature - the mountains, the valley, the lake. It is ragged, but still magnificent, rising above the roofs of the village houses.

By this cathedral one can guess that Voznesenka is historically a Russian village and that it had seen better days. Now there are no more than five hundred people living here, Russians and Bashkirs, almost in equal parts. Real wilderness reigns around: it seems as if they have not heard about asphalt roads, there is no transport or communication with the “Mainland”, almost no work, men traditionally drink strong alcohol. It remains only to recall the distant past, when the nearby copper mines and gold mines were feeding the entire population of a huge village, almost the fifth part of them have survived until today.

Pre-revolutionary Voznesenka houses - solid, semi-stone – have also survived. An impressive cathedral was erected in the village centre at the end of the XIX century on the gold miners’ money; and it was painted by the specially invited Italian artists. Today the paintings are in a miserable state, and these remains, multi-colored half-dead images of saints among the devastation, seem even more impressive. A monument is erected near the cathedral - a white obelisk without inscriptions. This monument has also left from another, former life of Voznesenka, and few outsiders can guess what it is dedicated to: not to the memory of the fallen warriors of some war, as one may assume, but to the abolition of serfdom. The obelisk appeared in 1883. Initially it had a commemorative inscription in honor of Aleksandr II, and was topped by a gilded crown with a double-headed eagle. In Soviet times the Tsar’s eagle was, of course, replaced by the tin hammer and sickle.


Author: Anna Dorozhkina


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