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Valday

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Description of Valday

Valday or Valdai is a city (since 1770) in Russia, the administrative center of the Valday urban settlement and the Valday district of the Novgorod region. Population - 14,379 people. (2017). Valday is an old (first mentioned in 1495), although not very remarkable city, is the center of one of the main resort areas of North-West Russia. The location of Valday on the post road between Moscow and St. Petersburg contributed to the prosperity of the city and the development of bell-casting. Valday is the starting point for visiting the Valdaisky National Park.

 

 

 

Travel Destinations in Valday

Valdai Iversky Monastery of the Holy Monastery, Selvitsky Island. Open from 7 to 21. Located on Selvitsky Island in the middle of Valdai Lake, 10 km from the center of Valdai. The monastery was founded in the middle of the 17th century by Patriarch Nikon, several original buildings remained: the Assumption Cathedral (1655–1656, one of the largest buildings of the 17th century in Russia), the Church of James Borovichsky (1702), the later Epiphany Cathedral and the Church of St. Michael the Archangel. The monastery is perfectly visible from the city and due to the location features it seems a bit submerged in water. The monastery can be reached by car (on the M10 Valdai — Vyshniy Volochek, exit from the highway in the direction of Borovichi).
Church of Catherine, st. Truda, 2A. Open from 10 to 18, weekends - Tuesday and the last Monday of the month. The magnificent rotunda, designed by N. A. Lvov at the end of the XVIII century. Now in the church is a museum of bells.
Trinity Cathedral, pl. Freedom. Rough baroque building, built in 1744.
Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin in the Church of the Lord, pl. Svobody. Another Baroque monument; in the worst condition and without domes.
Roadside chapel of James Borovichsky, Komsomolsky Avenue. Chapel in the name of James Borovichsky. Built in 1826 in memory of Emperor Alexander I.
Peter and Paul Church, city cemetery, st. Lunacharsky. The red brick church was built in 1858 through the efforts of the local merchant Vasily Kolobov. During World War II, the church was closed, its building was first used as a dyeing shop, and then the military telegraph was located here. The iconostasis and church values ​​were lost during a fire in 1943. The church was revived by father Nikolay Listov, now his grave is located near the church. The iconostasis for the reviving temple was brought from the destroyed church of the village of Lamerie, Krestetsky district.

Museums
Museum of bells, st. Truda, 2A. Open: from 10 to 18, weekends - Tuesday and last Monday of the month. The only museum of bells in Russia, one of the main attractions of the city. You can ring some of the bells on display.
County Museum, st. Lunacharsky, 7. Open 10-18, closed - Monday.

 

 

History of Valday

Valday was first mentioned in a chronicle in 1495. At the time, it was a part of Derevskaya Pyatina of the Novgorod Republic. The growth of Valday was facilitated by construction of a road connecting Novgorod to Central Russia and by the foundation of the Valday Iversky Monastery in 1653, which became a major cultural center. The famous monastery, built under the auspices of Patriarch Nikon in the 1650s, is located on one of the islands of Lake Valdayskoye.

In the course of the administrative reform carried out in 1708 by Peter the Great, the territory was included into Ingermanland Governorate (known since 1710 as St. Petersburg Governorate). In 1727, separate Novgorod Governorate was split off. In 1770, Valday was chartered and became the seat of Valdaysky Uyezd of Novgorod Viceroyalty. In 1796, the viceroyalty was transformed into Novgorod Governorate. Located along the road connecting Moscow and St. Petersburg, Valday developed as a major trade center. The town became the leading center of bell manufacturing in Russia. It also became a major pilgrim destination.

In August 1927, the uyezds were abolished and, effective October 1, 1927, Valdaysky District was established, with the administrative center in Valday. Novgorod Governorate was abolished as well and the district became a part of Borovichi Okrug of Leningrad Oblast. On July 23, 1930, the okrugs were abolished and the districts were directly subordinated to the oblast. Valday was close to the eastern front line for Russia during World War II, but was never occupied by German troops. On July 5, 1944, Valdaysky District was transferred to newly established Novgorod Oblast and remained there ever since.

 

 

 


 

Transportation

How to get there
Railway communication
The railway station of the October railway on the line: Bologoye - Valdai - Staraya Russa - Bottom
Long-distance trains: Moscow - Pskov,
Suburban trains from Bologoe station, Staraya Russa.

Bus service
Valdai - Sacraments - Veliky Novgorod - St. Petersburg
Valday - Borovichi
Valday - Vyshniy Volochek - Torzhok - Tver

Transport
Intracity transportation is performed by a municipal road transport company and several taxi companies.

 

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