River cruises to the village of Mandrogui
Valaam travel agency offers a wide range of river cruises in 2012. This page will provide you with interesting information about the craft village of Verhniye Mandrogui. While visiting this village during a river cruise you will enjoy the following programme:
Green camping. A picnic in the open air. A visit to the crafts district. For additional payment – tasting of strong drinks in the museum of “Russian Vodka”, clay pigeon shooting, horse riding, Russian bath.
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The village of Verhniye Mandrogui is unique for its geographical position, history, nature. This region was prosperous even in the era of birchbarks and gusli. The greatest in Europe Ladoga and Onega lakes like living organisms enrich Mezhoserye – the region where our village of Mandrogui is situated – with invisible but powerful energy forming up specific, mysterious spirit of the area. Vepsians – the native residents of these places – are hardworking, proud, talented and hospitable people involved in fishing, hunting, shipbuilding.
Vepsians always actively traded with European and Asian countries supplying furs to the international markets. Thus, since the ancient times, the Svir became a part of the water route between Varangians and Bukhara. The river was not easy to move on. Shoals and water rapids were so frequent in some parts of it that people had to unload the cargoes and carry them, along with the boats, in hands or drag.
Hence the name of our village is Verhniye Mandrogui which means “upper rapids”, and the name of the nearest village is Laptevshina reminding us that in this place people had to put on bast shoes to carry the load on their shoulders.
To navigate ships through six most dangerous rapids of the Svir, Peter I ordered to drive here masters familiar with river tricks. They and their families made up the first in the XVIII century settlement which later turned into the town of Podporozhye. The name of Peter I is connected with the origin of the town of Lodeynoye Pole as well as with building of numerous dockyards on the Svir which created the glory of the Russian fleet. Peter’s choice was not accidental. Besides the navigable Svir (which is translated from Vepsian as “deep”), besides abundance of slender mast pines in the nearby forests, these areas had always been famous for skilled carpenters who had no equals in the work with the ax.
These traditions are still preserved. The village of Verhniye Mandrogui is amazing, but it main feature is unique architecture – it is a real museum of modern wooden architecture in the open air (carver – Gusev Yury Ilyich).
The economic development was most intensive in the pre-Petrine era before opening of the Baltic sea route. Iron production, granite extraction, shipbuilding, trade were main activities of that time.
During the war of 1941-1945 the village of Verhniye Mandrogui consisted of 29 houses was burnt. The people settled in other villages.
In the 50-ies worker’s settlement appeared in the place of the former village where builders of Podporozhye hydro-electric Power Station lived.
The old basements of former constructions were used to build dwelling houses, a post office and the museum of Vodka.
The village of Verhniye Mandrogui saw its revival in 1997.
This revival was aimed at bringing back Russian national traditions and organizing tourist business. The profit gained from these activities is directed to financing a project of education of talented children in a lyceum in the town of Pavlovsk. The lyceum was created to resemble the one in former Tsarskoye Selo (now the town of Pushkin) in which such Russian celebrities as Pushkin, Delvig, Gorchakov got their education. The children are taught free of charge and get a scholarship. Tutors are with the children the whole day. They organize holidays in various countries of the world where they study the history of our planet and its peoples. The teachers live in flats built specially for them. A part of the expenses of the village of Verhniye Mandrogui goes to restoration of architectural monuments of Pavlovsk (the summer residence o K. Briullov, the fortress, the musical rotunda).
Nowadays the village has become an independent geographic and social unit. Its permanent population is more than 100 people. More than 300 people come to work here every day. The village has its own kindergarten, a school, a stable and a cowhouse, a quail and a rabbit farms, everything Russian people may have needed since the ancient times.
In the village tavern you may taste bread and pies baked under “old grannies’” recipes and in the museum of Vodka – a 40-degree strong herbal tincture of noble families prepared under old recipes of Catherine II.
In the Crafts Sloboda you can buy souvenirs and objects of everyday life handmade by the local craftsmen in the face of tourists.
You will enjoy fresh and creative air of the village and gain unforgettable impressions. It is a real pearl of the cruise on the North-West and Central part of Russia.
The village is extraordinary because of its nature, people and architecture. In the whole Russia you could hardly find another place where the President of the country could make a clay pot on a potter’s wheel and paint a “matreshka” – a nested girl, and a world known grandmaster Mark Taymanov could give a session of chess game directly in the museum of Vodka on the chessboard where the glass figures are filled with the traditional Russian hard drink. Both most outstanding and ordinary people from the countries all over the world enjoy here similar comfort.
We welcome everybody! People will remember our home land not only due to the names of Taimanov and Putin, but also due to such celebrities as N.A. rimsky-Korsakov and painter Vasily.
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