Staraya Russa

What is Staraya Russa known for?


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The Dostoevsky family spent their summers in the healthy country climate of Staraya Russa from 1872 through 1914—well past the writer's death in 1881. His time here saw some of his most prolific work, most importantly his masterpiece ''The Brothers Karamazov''. The large, green, wooden dacha on the riverbank is today a carefully curated shrine to the great nineteenth century writer, having survived the revolutions and wars of the twentieth century unscathed. The first floor hosts exhibits


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: RUB150-300 content This eatery with a cryptic name offers what now became the most popular food in Russia: pizza and sushi. Fortunately, they are not mixing it. Free Wi-Fi. *


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Russa Railway Station alt  Железнодорожный вокзал url email address Zheleznodorozhnaya ulitsa, ~12 lat 58.00055 long 31.34435 directions One km from the City Center phone +7 816 5221882 fax hours There is a daily open cashdesk with a couple breaktimes price content From Moscow (nine-ten hours) or Pskov (three and half hours) you can take the Moscow–Pskov route, although this service is generally limited to one train per day, with trains running overnight

. A daily local train connects to nearest hubs: ''Bologoye'' (via Valday) on the Moscow–Saint Petersburg line and ''Dno'' on the Kiev–Saint Petersburg line. By bus * Buses run hourly from Novgorod

sanitoria. If the weather is OK, Staraya Russa is also just a really nice place to walk around. If you aim to simply walk by the various churches, you could spend several hours on a nice amble about the town. *


century buildings

. thumb The Transfiguration Monastery (File:Spaso-Preobrajensky mon.jpg) Monuments include the Transfiguration Monastery (Transfiguration Monastery, Staraya Russa), which includes a cathedral built in seventy days in 1198 and partly rebuilt in the 15th century, and several 17th-century buildings and churches. The principal city cathedral (1678) is dedicated to the Resurrection of Christ (Jesus Christ). Other notable churches are consecrated to St. George (Saint George) (1410


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The Dostoevsky family spent their summers in the healthy country climate of Staraya Russa from 1872 through 1914—well past the writer's death in 1881. His time here saw some of his most prolific work, most importantly his masterpiece ''The Brothers Karamazov''. The large, green, wooden dacha on the riverbank is today a carefully curated shrine to the great nineteenth century writer, having survived the revolutions and wars of the twentieth century unscathed. The first floor hosts exhibits, while the second floor is arranged and recreated in the same way as the Dostoevsky family kept it. * WikiPedia:Staraya Russa Commons:Category:Staraya Russa


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composed much of the novel in Staraya Russa, which is also the main setting of the novel. Since its publication, it has been acclaimed all over the world by thinkers as diverse as Sigmund Freud, Freud, Sigmund Writings on Art and Literature Albert Einstein, ''The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein,'' Volume 9: ''The Berlin Years: Correspondence, January 1919 - April 1920'' Ludwig Wittgenstein, Guignon, Charles. ''The Grand Inquisitor''. ISBN 0-87220-228-3, introduction page ix, retrieved 26-10-10 Martin Heidegger, Schalow, Frank. ''Heidegger and the Quest for the Sacred: From Thought to the Sanctuary of Faith''. ISBN 1-04-020036-7 WikiPedia:Staraya Russa Commons:Category:Staraya Russa


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1919 - April 1920'' Ludwig Wittgenstein, Guignon, Charles. ''The Grand Inquisitor''. ISBN 0-87220-228-3, introduction

of Leningrad. JG 54 was to stay there for nearly two years. Kurowksi 1996, pp. 270 –275. Each military settlement consisted of 60 interconnected houses (дома-связи) with a regiment of 228 men. Each such house had four masters with indivisible household economy. The life in a military settlement was strictly controlled. The peasants had to undergo military training, which caused tardiness and unseasonableness in agricultural activities. Corporal

to satisfy the army’s recruiting needs. '''Kholm''' ( southwest


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of Leningrad. JG 54 was to stay there for nearly two years. Kurowksi 1996, pp. 270 –275. Each military settlement consisted of 60 interconnected houses (дома-связи) with a regiment of 228 men. Each such house had four masters with indivisible household economy. The life in a military settlement was strictly controlled. The peasants had to undergo military training, which caused tardiness and unseasonableness in agricultural activities. Corporal


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Russian : Ста́рая Ру́сса, STAH-rah-yuh ROOH-suh) is a small, historic town in the centre of Novgorod Oblast, long famous domestically for its balneologic mineral waters resort, but much more famous among international travellers as Dostoyevsky's summer retreat, and the basis for the fictional town of Skotoprigonievsk in '''''The Brothers Karamazov'''''. Understand Staraya Russa is one of the oldest cities in Russia, founded in the tenth century as one of the principal cities of the then-powerful and wealthy trading nation of the Novgorod Republic. It gained greatly in prestige with the establishment of the Monastery of the Transfiguration in the twelfth century. Its salt works made it the regional leader in salt and brine production, driving its economy, and leading to the growth of the town to nearly 5,000 inhabitants by the fifteenth century, when it was incorporated along with Novgorod into the Princedom of Muscovy. Owing to its northwestern location, Staraya Russa has seen many battles. Well after its wooden walls had been burnt down and later replaced by stone fortifications, the town fought bloody battles against Swedish invaders for centuries, but the most devastating years of its history would come after the reign of Ivan the Terrible, during the Russian ''Time of Troubles'' in the early seventeenth century. Until the establishment of the Romanov Dynasty, the surrounding area was under the control of armed gangs and brigands, and the once-important city dwindled to a mere 38 people. Over time Staraya Russa recovered, but its fate as a town on the invasion route would come back to haunt it one last time in the twentieth century, when Hitler's forces invaded during WWII and virtually levelled the historic town. Despite the destruction throughout the years, though, many old wooden houses (including the Dostoevsky residence) and several important churches remain intact, and other institutions, like the balneologic resort, have been rebuilt. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the town's population is shrinking (along with the rest of rural Russia), and feels a sleepy backwater—actually, a great change of pace for travellers who have been spending most of their time in Saint Petersburg or Moscow. The residential areas near the rivers are quite peaceful, the locals are friendly and laid-back, and there is a lot to see with all the Dostoevsky sights. Better still, despite the Dostoevsky connection, the place is pretty much devoid of any international travellers outside of the high tourist season in summer, so you'll have the place to yourself. Get in thumb 451px (Image:Staraya Russa map.png) Transport connections to Staraya Russa are somewhat limited. The city is best visited as a side trip from Novgorod, or as a detour stopover on the way from Moscow (or Valday) to Pskov or Novgorod. By train * WikiPedia:Staraya Russa Commons:Category:Staraya Russa


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, with the trip taking about two hours. Even if coming from Moscow, this is a good way to avoid the hassle of limited train service and to see another incredible historical destination on the same trip. From Saint Petersburg, you can take one of six direct buses reaching Staraya Russa in six hours. Note that many of the buses terminate in neighbouring towns, e.g., ''Kholm'', ''Parfino'', ''Volot'', and will have their names specified as the main destination. By car From Novgorod, follow the A116 to Shimsk, then P51 to Staraya Russa (96km). From Moscow, follow the M9 to Rzhev and take the turn for Selizharovo. Continue on the P87 to Ostashkov, then local roads to Demyansk, and then to Staraya Russa. Alternatively, follow the M10, pass Valday, and continue left along the P48 to Demyansk and Staraya Russa. Both routes are about 600km and involve unpredictable road conditions in Novgorod Oblast, although the second track is believed to be more safe and reliable. Get around While it is not a ''tiny'' town, it's still possible to get around everywhere via walking. Hailing a "cab" is a good way to speed things up if, say, you want to get back quickly to the bus back to Novgorod. A taxi from Dostoevsky's House-Museum would run only about RUB50. From the train bus station, you can take buses 1, 4, 6, or 11 to the centre, but given how slow the buses run, it's probably quicker to walk. See and Do 320px thumb Dostoevsky's own place of worship at Saint George's Church (File:Георгиевская церковь - Старая Русса.jpg) If you are spending just a half day in town, focus on the main Dostoevsky sights—above all the house museum, with a stop by St. George church and a stroll along the river—and pay the Monastery of the Transfiguration a visit. If you have a bit more time, perhaps take a tour through the Cultural Centre, and consider wandering over towards the Balneologic Resort to acquaint yourself with the very Russian Soviet tradition of mineral water sanitoria. If the weather is OK, Staraya Russa is also just a really nice place to walk around. If you aim to simply walk by the various churches, you could spend several hours on a nice amble about the town. * WikiPedia:Staraya Russa Commons:Category:Staraya Russa

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