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Veliky Ustyug

On the eve of 1999, Veliky Ustyug was proclaimed the birthplace of Father Frost. Since then, this ancient city in winter regularly transforms from a living monument into a splint for the little ones. That is why it is better to go here in the summer

Veliky Ustyug

On the eve of 1999, Veliky Ustyug was proclaimed the birthplace of Father Frost. Since then, this ancient city in winter regularly transforms from a living monument into a splint for the little ones. That is why it is better to go here in the summer

Veliky Ustyug

Every winter, defying inhuman frost, ice and blizzard, crowds of compatriots and individual brave foreigners go to the homeland of Santa Claus to meet with the promised fairy tale. Although this role, invented by officials, does not at all reflect the nature of the most beautiful northern city.

When you see Veliky Ustyug, you are surprised how little it looks like a lacquered Slavic souvenir. Yes, and on the coat of arms of the city is not at all Santa Claus in a fur coat, but the god Neptune topless. The deity casually hugs two amphoras, from which flow large northern Russian rivers – the Yug and the Sukhona. At the meeting place of these two rivers in the XII century, the first settlements arose, which later grew into a city. Here, stone baroque and wooden modernity are combined in architecture, severity and irony in the faces of the townspeople, and soulfulness and arrogance in their characters.

The main sightseeing routes in the city center run along Sovetsky Prospekt and Naberezhnaya Street. Walking along them, you will not miss the accumulation of sights, the brightest of which is the Cathedral Courtyard, the main temple ensemble of Veliky Ustyug. In total, in this small town, for 36 thousand inhabitants, there are 28 churches of the 17th-18th centuries and several dozen architectural monuments of the 19th century.

If you continue along Sovetsky Prospekt, you will see a wide football field on the left, and behind it a strange eclectic building. Once the district court was located here, and now it is the city clinic. The facade of the house resembles the Tretyakov Gallery and ends with a unique roof with a checkerboard pattern of red and white diamonds. The composition will be complete if you are lucky enough to see how frisky Ustyugians in colorful uniforms are chasing a soccer ball against the background of this building.

A little further away stands a slender snow-white mansion – the house of the merchant Alenev. Coming closer, you can see amazing reliefs above the windows depicting women's faces with northern cheekbones and sarcastic grins, which are quite typical for today's women.

In general, the inhabitants of Ustyug are filled with pride: you leave the excursion in the local museum with the firm conviction that not a single event in world history could have happened without their participation.

Turning off Sovetsky Prospekt, shimmering with churches, you find yourself on the wide embankment of the Sukhona River. The view from the high bank is incredibly good and may well be compared with man-made beauties.

Landscape lovers will find a place to take a walk besides the embankment: there are 22 protected natural zones in the Veliky Ustyug district. The most impressive is the geological outcrop Opoki tract. In the 1940s, there was the GULAG zone Opokstroy – the prisoners built a hydroelectric power station for four years, until in 1947 spring waters washed away all the targeted construction. The darkened dwellings of prisoners to this day stand against the backdrop of cyclopean terracotta sections – the height of these clay walls reaches 60 meters. And at the foot of the red canyon, a natural fountain beats into the sky. The sight is depressing, but it is impossible to take your eyes off it.

How to get there

Direct trains from the capital to Ustyug run only in winter. The rest of the time, Moscow – Vorkuta or Moscow – Syktyvkar will do. Get off at Jadrikha station, and from there by bus. By car – through Vologda – about 950 km.

Where to stay

Thanks to Santa Claus, there are a lot of hotels in Veliky Ustyug. As a convenient and not the most expensive solution, you can choose the Sukhona Hotel located in the city center with rooms from 1200 rubles per day.

Where to eat

Finding a restaurant is no more difficult than finding a hotel. It is enough to wander along Sovetsky Prospekt, and you are provided with a choice. There are a lot of establishments here – from expensive restaurants to penny cafes.

What to buy

Since the 17th century, Ustyug has been famous for its blackened silver. Now a variety of metal products of the 925th test are produced by the local jewelry factory Severnaya Chern. Unique rings, earrings, dishes, brooches are elegant and inexpensive.