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Sviyazhsk, Republic of Tatarstan

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Initially a dense forest, became a fortress larger than the one in Moscow within four weeks of building. Over time, it grew into a wealthy merchant town, which eventually morphed into a sophisticated Orthodox spiritual center with 10,000 residents. Its growth lasted from 1551 until 1932, when the city slowly diminished. Today it is nearly an abandoned village. You can stroll along its medieval streets and see former homes of the less fortunate. In contrast, you'll observe eclectic mansions that belonged to wealthy merchants. You can tour 16th-century monasteries, ride a horse, and try your hand at archery. Arrive at the site by train, taxi, or ferry. Arrange your visit to Sviyazhsk and discover more family-friendly attractions in Sviyazhsk using our Sviyazhsk vacation planner.
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  • Visited in March on a weekday, there was almost no people, but the monastery was closed for restoration, so inside is not hit. Probably better to visit Sviyazhsk summer when heat and water everywhere. Unpleasantly struck by the abundance of buildings in "novorusskom" style. In such a place, perhaps they were inappropriate, very little is left of authentic buildings XYI of the 19th century. Impressed by the Museum of the history of Sviyazhsk-a very interesting and informative Exposition, a good civil war Museum, a Museum in water tower-loss of money and time. Perhaps falling into the season, so it is not found any open cafes, chic restaurant only "Tavern". There go not steel, as in a hurry.
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  • Very interesting to visit the place, peace and quiet, traveled with his family, an interesting history of Sviyazhsk, beautiful temples, just come here to kreshhenskoe bathing, always civil and little people. All guests of Tatarstan advise visit this holy place, I think everyone will enjoy.
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  • Visited in March, on a weekday, it was completely empty, and this was the charm. I read almost everything on the Internet about Sviyazhsk, so a little upset modern houses and mansions. How so you can? In this unique location, next to the 16-century buildings and graves of unfortunate, they zabubenit' themselves with depicting a brick fence à la ancient Rus '! Be sure to come here during the season, when it will be possible to walk with a guide, particularly interested in the gulagovskaja component, because on the Internet everything is vague and not specific.
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