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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.
Rylsky Interdistrict Local History Museum, ul. Uritskogo,