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Mezen

Mezen

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transportation

Hotels, motels and where to sleep

Restaurant, taverns and where to eat

Cultural (and not so cultural) events

Interesting information and useful tips

 

Description of Mezen

Mezen (in Russian: Мезень) is a city of Russia pertaining to the Arkhangelsk Oblast and the administrative center of Raion of Mezinski. It is located north of the Oblast, very close to the autonomous district of Nenetsia, on the banks of the Mezén River, about 30 kilometers from its mouth in the White Sea and 224 kilometers northeast of Arkhangelsk, the capital of the Oblast. Its population in the year 2006 was 3813 inhabitants. Mezen has an airport located 4 kilometers north of the city. It is used to communicate with the regional center.  A seaport is located near the city (port Krivka).

 

The town of Mezen is located on the right bank of the Mezen River at the confluence of the Tovy River, 45 km from the White Sea, 390 km from Arkhangelsk. Opposite the Mezen is the village of Kamenka. Permanent road service valid since 2008.

 

 

 

History of Mezen

The settlement at the location of the present-day Mezen was founded in the 16th century and was known as Okladnikova Sloboda (Окладникова Слобода). It was subsequently developed into the trading center of the Mezen River valley where annual trade fairs were held. Besides the trade, the main occupations of the Mezen inhabitants were fishery and seal hunting. In 1780, Okladnikova Sloboda was merged with the nearby settlement of Kuznetsovskaya Sloboda into the town of Mezen. In 1784, Mezen became the seat of Mezensky Uyezd of Vologda Viceroyalty. In 1796, the territory was transferred to Arkhangelsk Governorate. In 1929, several governorates were merged into Northern Krai. On July 15, 1929, the uyezds were abolished and Mezen became the administrative center of Mezensky District.

 

 

 


 

Transportation

Mezen Airport (Russian: Аэропорт Мезень) (ICAO: ULAE) is an airport in Arkhangelsk Oblast, Russia located 4 km north of Mezen. It handles small transport planes. There are several weekly flights to Arkhangelsk and several flights per month to the remote locations of Mezensky District — the selos of Koyda, Moseyevo, and Safonovo.

In 1883, a weather station was open in Mezen. It was operating under the authority by the Russian Geographical Society but run by single individuals. In 1939 the observations suitable for aviation started, and from 1942, the weather station was used to support the flights.

 

The Mezen River is navigable; however, there is no passenger navigation in Mezen except for the ferry boat to Kamenka. There is an all-season road to Arkhangelsk (which crosses the Mezen near the village of Kimzha), completed in 2008. During winter, temporary roads (zimniks) are built in snow.

 

Hotels, motels and where to sleep

 

 

Restaurant, taverns and where to eat

 

 

Cultural (and not so cultural) events

 

 

Interesting information and useful tips