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Rylsk

Rylsk

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Description of Rylsk

Rylsk is located in Kursk Oblast. It is the administrative center of the Rila region. Quiet cozy historic city in which you can hear the famous Kursk nightingales. City is located on both banks of the Seim River (Dnieper basin), 124 km west of Kursk. Population - 16,319 people. (2017). Rylsk is one of the most ancient cities of Russia.

 

Most likely, Rylsk got its name from the river Rylo (formerly Ryla). The origin of the name of the river is not known for certain. The most common version of the origin of the Slavic "ryt" or "dig", although some researchers attributed the hydronym Rylo to the pre-Slavic stratum (of Finno-Ugric or even Iranian origin with different toponymic meanings). There are also several versions of the “folk etymology” of the name of the river and the city:

According to one of the versions, Rylsk owes his name to St. John of Rila. Although the saint himself was never in Rylsk of the Kursk region - he lived in Bulgaria in the Rila Mountain. And after his death, the Bulgarian monks of the Rila monastery were forced to flee the country because of the oppression of Byzantium, with them they took a piece of the relics of the saint - the right hand. This event, although it belongs to the pre-Christian period of Russia, is associated with the existence in the 17th century Rylsk of a church in the name of St. John of Rila (according to this version, this church was founded by Bulgarian monks, and the river and the city got their names).

Supporters of another version argue that the name of the city is connected with the large temple of Yarily (deities of spring fertility) located in the ancient settlement of northerners, and the city was originally called Yari (s) lsk. The temple itself was located on an elevation now known as the “Mount of Ivan of Rila”.

According to another ancient legend, the river got its name in the following way: a wild pig with piglets, digging a lair for itself, dug a source, which was the beginning of the river. Apparently, the consonance of the names of the river and the boar's head (snout-"rylo" in Russian) gave rise to this story.

 

 

 

Travel Destinations in Rylsk

Rylsky St. Nicholas Monastery. - a monastery with a wall.
Assumption Cathedral.
Pokrovsky Cathedral.
Resurrection Church.
Rylsky Interdistrict Local History Museum, ul. Uritskogo, d.81

 

 

 


 

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Hotels, motels and where to sleep

 

 

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