Seliger Lake, Ostashkov

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Seliger is a lake in Ostashkovsky District of Tver Oblast and, in the extreme northern part, in Demyansky District of Novgorod Oblast of Russia, in the northwest of the Valdai Hills, a part of the Volga basin. It has the absolute height of 205m, the area of 212km2, and the average depth of 5.8m.Lake Seliger is a large system of lakes linked by effluents, has many small islands and is surrounded by forests, including pine woods with many berries and mushrooms. It is one of the biggest natural lakes of Central Russia. The only outflow of the lake, the Selizharovka River, has its source at the southern end of the lake and drains into the Volga. The drainage basin of the lake includes the major part of Ostashkovsky District, south of Demyansky District, as well as minor areas in Firovsky District of Tver Oblast.Seliger is situated within a picturesque landscape of forests and hills. The lake is a protected nature reserve and is sometimes known as the "European Baikal" due to the diversity of its unique flora and fauna, similar to Lake Baikal. Valdaysky National Park covers the northern part of the lake.Every Year, Seliger camp forums bring together young people to study and discuss issues in political science, economics, art, literature and culture.
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  • Active monastery nilov monastery. Tverskaya oblast, Stolbnyj island on Lake Seliger. The name of the monastery received on behalf of the hermit Saint nil. In 1528, he gave God a vow never to sit and stay, in 1555 year Neil died on the island of Stolbnyj. In the year 1594 hieromonk Herman got permission from Patriarch Job open on the island into the monastery. Nilov monastery became one of the most famous monasteries in Russia. Miracle-working Saint nil imperishable relics were discovered may 27 year 1667. The old monastery buildings have not survived. The complex of the monastery was built in the 18th and 19th centuries. The photo of Neil Stolobenskogo Church. When Soviet rule over the remains of the Nile publicly desecrated. In 1927 year the monastery was closed. In 1939 there was a concentration camp for Polish officers prisoners 6311. In 1940, they were shot in the basement of the Kalinin NKVD. During the great patriotic war, the monastery was hospital, then a camp for former Soviet citizens repatriated. In 60-ies in the monastery was arranged Invalides. By the time the monastery buildings were in disrepair. Only in the 1970-ies in the cloister began restoration work in connection with a decision to make in her Cottage "breaking dawn." Only in the year 1990 the monastery Saint nil Stolobenskogo was reborn. Now the monastery is open for visits to the many tourists and pilgrims. You can visit the temple, to venerate the relics, climb the Bell Tower panoramic Lake, Islands, villages and temples on the banks.
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  • On the island of Stolobnyj is a monastery, which is a place of pilgrimage for believers and artists: first go to touch the shrines, the latter leave the beauty of the Holy places in the canvases.
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  • During the pilgrimage trip happened to live in the Nilo-stolobenskoy (Monastery). The monastery great Abbot, a wonderful male choir. There is a hotel for pilgrims. Monastic food is very simple, but very tasty. We were told that this place bring on treatment of addicted people. Just as there can turn people in trouble. On the territory of free admission, of course you need to abide by the rules of prilija-men should be wearing pants, women in headscarves and skirts. (if you don't have, then they are given). The monastery stands on a separate island and with the main island is connected by a bridge. Have the opportunity to rise up and see the beautiful panorama of the Seliger. Good place! rest for the soul. The lake itself incredibly beautiful! especially in sunny weather! The same inexpensive motor boat ride. In addition to the pilgrimages in deserts, many machines come with tents. Also on the Lake Seliger has a variety of summer camps. Most good impression. P.s. on the Lake it is possible to observe the magical sunsets
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