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Kargopol

Kargopol

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Description of Kargopol

Kargopol is located in the south-west of the Arkhangelsk region, in Zavolochye, and is among the most interesting cities of the Russian North. It was found on Onega in the XII century and about 400 years ago it was one of the ten most important cities in Russia. Having survived the heyday, Kargopol gradually faded away and would have turned into a little-known northern town, if not a couple of remarkable temple ensembles were preserved in it. But this is not all: a lot of wooden churches around the city, magnificent landscapes and the nearby Kenozersky National Park are a good reason to spend at least a few days in these parts.

 

 

 

 

Travel Destinations in Kargopol

In Kargopol there are two first-class ensembles of temple architecture - the Old Torg and the New Torg. The Resurrection Church, located next to the remains of the fortress, also deserves attention. The historical buildings of the end of the 19th – beginning of the 20th century are, on the whole, inexpressive, but constitute a rather solid ensemble of wooden and stone low-rise buildings with the same low-rise intersperses of buildings of the Soviet era. Historical houses are easily found by information signs, and at the intersections there are signs with old street names: Bazaiha, Potanikha, Poltonikha, Ponomariha, Shelkovnya. The Stalinist Kargopol is represented by wooden barracks on the southern outskirts of the city.

Except for the neighborhoods and museums, a cursory inspection of the main monuments of the city should be enough for 2-3 hours.

 

History Kargopol

It is not clear when Kargopol was founded, but, when first chronicled in 1146, it was a trade station of the Novgorod Republic and one of the most northerly permanent Slavic settlements. Although documentation for its early history is scarce, it is believed that Kargopol was the most significant trade center of Bjarmaland throughout the 13th and 14th centuries. In 1447, it was the place where Dmitry Shemyaka found refuge from Vasily II's ire.

Situated on the ancient route between Moscow and Arkhangelsk (then the only Russian seaport), Kargopol became one of the most prosperous cities of Russia, especially after the Muscovy Company started to operate in the mid-16th century. During the Time of Troubles it withstood a siege by Polish and Lithuanian brigands. The peasant rebel Ivan Bolotnikov was executed in Kargopol in 1608.

After Russia regained access to the Baltic Sea and St. Petersburg was founded, Kargopol gradually faded to obscurity. However, the people of Kargopol were still active in the exploration of Asian Russia. Alexander Baranov, the first governor of Russian America (Alaska), was born in this town.

 

 

 


 

Transportation

 

 

Hotels, motels and where to sleep

 

 

Restaurant, taverns and where to eat

 

 

Cultural (and not so cultural) events

 

 

Interesting information and useful tips

 

 

 

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