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Sebezh

Sebezh

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Description of Sebezh

Sebezh is located in the south of the Pskov region. Picturesquely located on the isthmus between the two lakes, Sebezh is a rare city in Russia, which had a strong western influence, and by the end of the XVIII century it belonged to Poland altogether, being also a reference Jewish town. Although the events of the last two centuries have deprived Sebezh of a significant part of the historical heritage, it remains a cozy and completely charming small town in the middle of a beautiful lake region.

Sebezh was first mentioned in the annals under the year 1414, then the next time under 1535, when Prince Ivan Shuisky built an earthen fortress here, and it is even unknown if one and that Sebezh is meant. One way or another, from the very beginning the city was located on the territory that constantly moved from Russia to the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, then to Poland and vice versa. Finally it was annexed to Russia only after the First Partition of Poland in 1772, while it had every chance to be in Belarus now - in 1924, the Vitebsk province, to which Sebezh belonged, was abolished and incorporated into the Byelorussian SSR, and only three districts Sebezhsky, Nevelsky and Velizhsky - were transferred to the Leningrad region and ended up in the RSFSR. In the 1990s, Sebezh quite unexpectedly turned out to be a border town, and due to its convenient position in the middle of the lake region and around the national park, it began to develop tourism.

Population: 6375 people (2010). Before the revolution, Sebezh was a typical place: Jews made up two thirds of the total population. Lithuanians, Poles, Latvians and even Germans also lived here. However, after two world wars and a revolution, Sebezh turned into a completely ordinary Russian city.

City tours are organized by the Sebezhsky National Park Tourism Center.

 

 

 

 

 


 

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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