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Yuzha is by coincidence the most southern (the towns name sound a lot like South in Russian) and, perhaps, the saddest district centre of Ivanovo Oblast. Yuzga means swamp in Finno-Ugric, and the ancient village, which was called by this word, almost got bogged down in some depressive swamp by XIX century.


Vesyegonsk completely fits the description of a provincial town with a shade of rural past. Locals themselves gave Vesyegonsk the nickname of The Bears Corner: reaching this place in the North of Tver Oblast and Rybinsk reservoir can be long and dreary.


The name of the town hints that Vesyegonsk is ancient and has a rich history. Not many things preserved from old times: the ruins of the Kazanskaya Church at Sokolova Hill, a couple of small churches, several pre-revolutionary wooden houses and Vesyegonsky Winery founded in 1914.


If you take pictures of Vuktyl from a helicopter, the entire town may fit in a single shot. Six kilometers long (along the banks of the Pechora), one kilometer wide, slightly more than ten thousand of residents.


The tourist menu of Smolensk Oblast includes the following objects: Vyazma Kremlin, Smolensk fortress wall, the sadly remembered memorial complex of Katyn Forest, the beauties of the Smolenskoe Poozerie Park, the ghost town of Verzhavsk.


Valdai is an ancient town located in the marvelously beautiful nature reserve. And this magnetic beauty attracts numerous travelers here.


Smolensk was originally built on the lands of the Krivichs. The city was first mentioned in the year 863.


Valda translated from Finno-Ugric means light, clean. Apparently, the crystal-clear water of the local lakes gave the name to the town and its surroundings.


The settlement of Olgeti located opposite to Erzi is noteworthy in its own way.


One can reach the Shelter 11 station (The Shelter of Eleven, 4100 m on the South-eastern slope of the Elbrus Mountain) only by foot or by a snow groomer. There are no cableways here anymore. It is one of the last stops for the conquerors of the Elbrus Mountain, a landmark with a large and interesting history.


Vovnushki is an ancient village in the mountainous Dzheirakhsky district of South Ingushetia, near the border with Georgia. But more often, when people talk about Vovnushki, they mean the famous castle complex: the majestic impregnable towers rising from the mountain ridges on both sides of a narrow gorge.


It is believed that there was time when the two castles were connected by a suspension bridge.


The medieval tower complex of Erzi is located in South Ingushetia, in Dzheirakhsky district, opposite to the village of Olgeti. Nine martial towers that are surprisingly well-preserved and reach the sky above the Armkhi River, stand on a mountain slope.


The town of Alagir which has been entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for the number of shops is standing on the place of exit of the Ardon River from the Alagirskoe Gorge.


The Gunib mountain village (aul) where Shamil was hiding got virtually destroyed during the bloody battle. After the events a Gunib fortress with a Russian garrison was built there.


Belgians came to develop ore deposits in Alagir in 1896. They organized Alagir Joint-Stock Company, rented Sadonskie Mines, Alagir Plant.


The main attraction of Gunib is most commonly called the gazebo (or the rotunda) of Shamil, pushing aside another Hero of the events that happened here on August 25, 1859 - the Prince Baryatinsky.


The Gunib Plateau is a vast flat top of the Gunib Mountain of the Big Caucasus rising between the rivers of Avarskoe Koisu and Karakoisu.


The Past Dyavola (Devils Mouth) Waterfall (Psechiako) is located in the vicinity of Goryachiy Klyuch, in the upper reaches of the Maltsev Brook. The waterfall has four cascades, its overall height amounts to 23 m.


Greater Sochi is a truly gigantic metropolitan area stretching to 105 km along the sea. Mountains are coming close to the coast which does not let it grow wider, only longer.


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