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Gorodets. This house is Museum of samovars

Gorodets (Russian: Городе́ц) is very old town in Nizhny Novgorod Region, Russia, located on the left bank of the Volga River, 53 kilometers (33 mi) north-west of Nizhny Novgorod.


Gorodets was founded in 1152 by Prince Yury Dolgoruky (also the founder of Moscow) as a large fortress on the Volga River, the first Russian fortress in today's Nizhny Novgorod Region.


In the past, the town was also sometimes referred to as Gorodets-Radilov (Городе́ц-Ради́лов), or simply Radilov.


Gorodets today is an interesting tourist destination.


The main attraction of the city and witnessed his heroic past is an earthen rampart of the 12th century. This majestic monument of ancient Russian art of fortification, which has all-Russian importance. Rampart and moat cover Gorodets as arc from the north, east and south. On the west side of the city was natural fortifications of steep and high banks of the Volga.


Gorodets is interesting for its architecture. There is no usual town square with public agencies and streets diverging from it fan out. Disposition of Gorodets naturally tied to the landscape - to the lines of rampart, numerous ramps, ravines, but above all to the banks of the Volga. Gorodets facing the river - to the "main street of Russia," as they called once the Volga. In its lower part, near the coast, was a market and a shipyard, and a free upland part of the city formed a wealthy residential quarter.


The cozy and picturesque streets of Gorodets keep the spirit of a provincial merchant city. Many have remained almost unchanged.


The architecture of houses of local merchants organically combines the features of urban architecture and folk wooden architecture. In many homes remain carved window frames, cast-iron porches, wrought iron gates and decorative grilles, flowerpots, drainpipes and smoke bonnets from grooved iron.


Read more about Gorodets here


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Taken on September 16, 2011