Gus-Khrustalny is a small city in the
Vladimir Oblast of Russia. It's name is
translated as a Crystal Goose. It was found in the 17th century
and was named Gus (Goose). In 1756 rich merchant family of
Maltsovi started glass production in the village that quickly
grew and eventually was renamed to Gus- Maltsovi and later
renamed to Gus- Khrustalny or Crystal Goose after main
business of its residents.
The main tourist attraction is former St. George's Cathedral (Kalinin
str., 2a). The building was built in 1904 in the pseudo-Russian style
designed by Benoit. After the revolution, the cathedral was rebuilt (in
particular, lost the dome), but the layout and exterior decor remained.
Inside the building you can see a huge canvas “The Last Judgment” by
Vasnetsov. In general, the cathedral is located crystal museum, which
collected the products of the plant from the middle of the XVIII century
to our time. Among the exhibits are many interesting products made to
special orders, as well as works of authorship, which undoubtedly belong
to works of art.
The city also houses the chapel church of Great Martyr Varvara
or Barbara. The chapel was built in 1765 on the site of the
image of the Great Martyr Barbara. The church itself was built
only in 1885. It is an octahedral structure with side porches,
covered with a low tent with a cupola. The church was closed
during the Soviet period, in 1991 it was returned to believers,
and three years later it was restored and consecrated.
Gus-Crystal Museum of Art and History
Not far from the museum of crystal there is a historical and art
museum. It is open daily from 10.00 to 17.00, except Monday and the
third Tuesday of every month. Tickets to the museum are; adult - 40
rubles, children - 20 rubles, preferential (students, pensioners) -
20 rubles, preferential “free” - for pensioners with disabilities,
participants of the Great Patriotic War and every third Wednesday of
a month for persons under 18 years of age. The museum opened on the
day of the 255th anniversary of Gus-Khrustalnog, June 18, 2011. The
Stone Chronicle of Meshchera and the Goose Museum are open, telling
about the history of Meshchersky Krai’s development, about the
nature of Meshchera and about Gus, like a bird, like a sacred totem
for the ancient inhabitants of Meshchera, as a character of myths
and legends about the creation of the World, as the name of the
river Gus (Goose), which is part of the ancient trade route (“Silver
Way”) from Persia to Rostov and Veliky Novgorod.
City building City building Gus-Khrustalnogo uninteresting. Not
far from the cathedral, the so-called "Maltsov houses" stand out -
one- or two-storeyed red-brick buildings built for the workers of a
crystal factory at the end of the 19th century.
Also in the
city there are several monuments: Monument to Vladimir
Ulyanov-Lenin; Eternal flame; Cenotaph; Monument to Akim
Maltsov; Monument to victims of the liquidation of the Chernobyl
disaster Stele, installed on the site of the house in which the
psychiatrist SS Korsakov was born.
By train Commuter trains from Vladimir. When driving from
Moscow, you can take an electric train or a long-distance train from
Kazansky railway station to the Nechaevskaya station, and from the
station, get to the city by taxi or hitchhiking.
Buses from Vladimir or from the central bus station in Moscow (Metro
station blue.png Metro station Shelkovskaya)
Gus-Khrustalny There are 9 bus routes in Gus-Khrustalny. The fare
in January 2014 was 15 rubles.
Below is a list of
bars, cafes and restaurants in the city. "Volcano" (bar-variety)
st. International, 53 "Wolves House" (restaurant and hotel
complex) st. Hunting, 1 "AlmaZ" (cinema) st. Kalinin, 22
"Valley" (cafe) st. International, 103 "Maltsov" (restaurant) ul.
Kalinina, 30 (ground floor) "Flashlight" (cafe) st. Old
Bolsheviks, 7 "Barinova Grove" (entertainment complex) st.
International, 114 "Bar" st. International, 42a Wasabi (cafe)
st. Kalinina, 19 (from the former cafe "Spartak") "Visit" (cafe)
st. Dobrolyubova, 4 "TIME IS" st. Kalinin 28A "Iriska"
(Children's cafe) Teplitsky pr-t, 43 Cafe. Snack Bar. Shot glass.
st. International, 22 "Cafe" st. International, 22 (2nd floor of
the hotel) "Cafeteria" st. Kalinina, 19/16 "Cafeteria" st.
Kakhovskogo, 5 (Titanic, from the Field-Miracles) "Cafe at
Mikhailovna" st. Mayakovsky, 38 "Cranberry" (cafe) st.
Rudnitskaya, 3 (TC "Rainbow" 3rd floor) Coffee Shop "Cream" st.
Kalinina, 21 (opposite the city court) "Gourmand" (cafe) Ave
50-letie Sovetskoy vlasti, 10 "Master" st. Old Bolsheviks, 11
"Meschersky Zori" (restaurant) ul. International, 22 (1st floor)
Youth (snack bar) Microdistrict, 50 Olga (cafe) st. 2nd People's,
369k Pizza Bar "Sausage" ул. Kalinin 28A "Cellar" (cafe - bar)
ul. Kakhovskogo 5a "Expanse" (cafe) st. Kalinin, 9 Retro
restaurant "Roman" st. International, 11 (building "GKKD")
Restaurant "Venice" Revolyutsii Street, 2 (TC "Spring", 1st floor.)
"Romance" (cafe) st. Red Army, 23 "Samovar" (cafe) st. 2nd
People's, 6a Dining str. Rudnitskoy, 3 (entrance through the
entrance of the Textile Mill) "Dining room RPS" st.
Volgogradskaya, 4 Dining room "Pyaterochka" st. Transport, 36
"Dining room №47" 50-letie Sovetskoy vlasti, 5 "Tavern" (cafe)
Teplitsky pr-t, 37 "Refectory" st. Kalinina, 19/16 "At
Alekseeva" (cafe) ul. International, 42a "Manor Meshcherskaya"
(hotel and restaurant) st. International, 105 "Delight friends"
(cafe-bar) ul. Kalinina, 19 "Crystal Forest" (cafe) st. Mendeleev
25a Crystal Faces (kids cafe) ul. International, 53 "Edem"
(cafe) 50-letie Sovetskoy vlasti, 39
Entertainment center "Almaz". Includes a cinema, pizzeria, game
room, bowling and disco.
Of course, in Gus-Khrustalny you need to buy
crystal, and the sellers are likely to find you right next to the
crystal museum. However, it is worth bearing in mind that the most
widely used products are usually sold from the hands (approximately
the same range is present at the Vekovka station, where all trains
go to Kazan and the sellers besiege these trains at any time of
Street vendors are extremely annoying, but it is better
to reject their offers and go to one of the company stores located
in the basement of the cathedral (entrance from the opposite side of
the entrance to the museum) or at ul. Kalinina, 28. In stores you
can buy pretty products made of crystal at rather low prices,
although the assortment is not very large (there are no analogues of
museum exhibits here). Prices for ordinary products (glasses,
glasses, dishes, etc.) are markedly lower than in other cities. When
buying with hands, bargaining is appropriate and even necessary.
Connection Internet cafe is located in the entertainment
center (Kalinin str., 22) The official website of Gus-Khrustalny:
Precautionary measures Gus-Khrustalny is not safe. Even in the
central part you can meet a drunken company. Walking in the dark
around the city is not recommended.