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Khvalynsk is a river port town in Saratov Oblast, Russia, located by the Volga River. Population: 16,000 (1974).EtymologyIts name is derived from the name "Khwalis" for the inhabitants of Khwarezm. The Khvalynsk culture is named after the town.HistoryIt was founded in 1556 as a Russian outpost on the Sosnovy Island on the Volga. In 1606, the whole settlement was relocated to the spot of today's Khvalynsk and came to be known as Sosnovy Ostrov (, lit. pine island). In 1780, the settlement was granted uyezd town status and renamed Khvalynsk.In the 18th–19th centuries, Khvalynsk was known as a local center for trading bread and agricultural produce. It was also one of the centers of the Old Believers. Some scholars believe that Khvalynsk was used by Nikolai Gogol as a setting for his play The Government Inspector.Administrative and municipal statusWithin the framework of administrative divisions, Khvalynsk serves as the administrative center of Khvalynsky District, even though it is not a part of it. As an administrative division, it is, together with four rural localities, incorporated separately as Khvalynsk Town Under Oblast Jurisdiction—an administrative unit with the status equal to that of the districts. As a municipal division, Khvalynsk Town Under Oblast Jurisdiction, together with two rural localities in Khvalynsky District, is incorporated within Khvalynsky Municipal District as Khvalynsk Urban Settlement.Our Russia family vacation planner allows you to plan your trip to Khvalynsk and a wealth of other destinations big and small.
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