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Solotcha, Russia
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Posted By: zztopd, 08-19-2019, 05:02 AM

Solotcha - microdistrict, exclave, as part of the Soviet district of the city of Ryazan.

The former village (known since 1390) and the former urban-type settlement (in 1958 - 2004). Population (2013) - 2544 people.


A specially protected natural area is located on the territory of the district - a monument of nature of regional significance “Solotchinskaya Staritsa (oxbow)”.


Mixed forests cover more than 50% of the lowland, along the valleys of large rivers - meadows.


Burs are located on the sands, oak forests in low places, birch and aspen grow on felling areas and aspen, and spruce grows on watersheds.


There are alder, mountain ash. There are two types of burs: with lichen litter and with lingonberry and blueberry litter. In forests and meadows there are a lot of wild strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, viburnum, buckthorn, rose hips, sea buckthorn, black currants, mushrooms (oak trees, mushrooms, mushrooms, boletus, chanterelles, russula, oily, mushrooms, meadow mushrooms, etc.), a lot hazel.


There are many snakes and snakes on the peatlands drained during the Soviet era. All of them are not dangerous to humans, but poisonous vipers can also be found.


The Ryazan-Vladimir narrow-gauge railway passed through the territory of the district. On the developed peatlands, people created the infrastructure, laid roads, and developed the meadows and lands obtained.


The origin of Solotcha is from the Old Russian word (salot is marshy, marshy)


This is a paradise of impassable peat bogs and lakes of the lowland, a place terrible, dangerous and impassable.


And although the center of the flat lowland lies some 200 km from Moscow, until recently, the cave was relatively little populated and developed. The reason for this is a lot of swamps and low natural fertility of its lands.
On floodplain lakes and elders live muskrats, beavers. In the forest and floodplain there are snakes, lizards, spindles, copperfish, and vipers. A lot of game: capercaillie, ducks (including teal), snipe, hollows.


There is 23 thousand square kilometers of sand, forests and the famous mshars - monotonous marshes at the junction of three regions: Moscow, Ryazan and Vladimir.
There are many animals in the lowland forests. Sika deer, elk, and wild boar can be found in the forest; in recent years, a bear is rarely found (mainly in protected areas). There are wolves, lynxes, ermines.


The area is surrounded on all sides by the Meshchera National Park; Forests located in the territory of the district are protected - multi-storey buildings are prohibited here.


There are a lot of old wooden houses in Solotchа.


The village of Solotcha grew around the monastery of the Nativity of the Virgin, founded in 1390.


After 1917, the Solotchinsky monastery was closed; later, a colony for juvenile delinquents was located on its territory (in 1993, the Solotchinsky monastery was revived - but already as a female).


From the 14th century to 1682, a convent was operating in Solotcha, on the site of which is now the temple of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God.


In the 17th century, an icon-painting school flourished in the monastery.


The interior of the monastery was decorated with an apple orchard.


This is a two-story sister building.


The monastery has a subsidiary farm (animal husbandry, poultry farming).


Behind me is the invisible city.

Old Ryazan (until 1778 - Ryazan, unofficial “Russian Troy”) is one of the largest ancient Russian cities of the 12th – 13th centuries, the capital of the Great Ryazan Principality and the largest archaeological site of Russia. By the beginning of the XIII century, about 8 thousand people lived in the city.

In the fall of 1236, the Mongol army approached the borders of the Ryazan land near the Voronezh River. His leader Baty demanded that he give “a tenth” of all the property, to which the Ryazans answered:
“When all of us are gone, then everything will be yours then. The grandfathers and fathers did not give our tributes to anyone and were not in slaves to anyone, they died for their honor and fatherland. So we want to preserve our honor with arms or death. ”


The city was destroyed in the winter of 1237 during the Mongol invasion of Batu Khan, and all of its buildings, including stone temples, turned to ashes. Ryazan at this place has never been restored.
Ryazan held on for six days and nights, but the enemy's forces were great. Having burst into the city, the Mongols destroyed everything they could, turning the fortress into ashes.


Later Mongolian troops more than once invaded Ryazan lands. They robbed, burned, took prisoners. The remaining population went under the protection of forests.


The forester's house.


Lake Urzhenskoye. In the distance - Lake Poganoe (Filthy) and Lake Chyornoe (Black)


Next was Lake Laskovskoye (Affectionate).


The End.


All are welcome.

Last edited by zztopd; 08-19-2019 at 11:09 PM.
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08-19-2019, 06:22 AM   #2
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Thanks so much for this pictoral and informational trip through this area. You have told a story of an area that I knew nothing about, but which has a treasure of beautiful and interesting things to see that you brought to us.
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Great series, both in photos and history. I enjoyed your presentation very much. Thx for posting.
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Your photos have given me an insight that I was lacking . Thanks .

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very interesting photographic report, thanks for sharing

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