St. Petersburg. Russia
1. Preserved monuments of culture and spiritual heritage of ancient ancestors - this is only one aspect of the appeal of Staraya Russa
2. There is an opinion that the town was founded not later than X century, the town gave its name to the whole of Russia and became the birthplace of the Varyag - salter Rurik
3. Ancient emblem of the city, with the image of flowing water in the pan, fully symbolized the main occupation of its inhabitants
4. Modern Staraya Russa - a health and beauty spa, which has at its disposal several sources of mineral drinking water, and a network of salt lakes
The history of Russia is rich in secrets. One of them is nestled at the mouth of the river Porus, which is the administrative center of Staray Russa district of Novgorod region - the town of Staraya Russa. Special attention, given to the city at the time of Ivan the Terrible and Peter I, stirs interest in Staraya Russa . Economic power of the center of the Russian salt production exceeded the capacity of Moscow and Novgorod the Great by the end of the XVI century.
Known far beyond the fatherland, Staraya Russa is the third largest city in the Novgorod region of Russia and the famous resort of Staraya Russa. Remarkable for its natural mineral salt water fountains, gushing out of the ground in some places up to 10 meters in height, it hosted Dobrolyubov, Dostoevsky, Gorky and many other famous writers, thinkers and philosophers of the time. Creative activity of the majority of them bears the imprint of the ancient Russian spirituality that this land carried through the centuries and tribulations. And even razed to the ground by the Nazis during World War II, Staraya Russa has kept its old charm and the memory of its great guests.
Anyone can visit the museum of Fyodor Dostoevsky , that appeared in the famous house on the embankment,where the writer lived from 1872 to 1880, working on the novels "Demons", "The Raw Youth " and "The Brothers Karamazov". The war skirted and time spared priceless architectural monuments of XI-XIV centuries - the ensemble of Holy Transfiguration Monastery and the ancient settlement "Staraya Russa".
Healing properties of salt sources, since ancient times known to local residents, were officially recognized only at the beginning of the XIX century, and shortly thereafter the resort began to develope rapidly. Famous Muravyevsky blow-well was perforated in 1857 and to this day, adorns the town by its fountain.
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