Most modern people love to travel. In their personal list of favorite cities you can find New York, Paris, London, Barcelona, Moscow and many other world famous settlements. Have you ever heard of Spas-Klepiki (Ryazan Region)? And maybe, even lucky to be there to visit? No? And in vain ...
Today we will talk about this amazing place.
Section 1. Getting acquainted or general information about the village
The city of Spas-Klepiki is a district center, which is by right considered the smallest settlement in the Ryazan region. Geographically, it is located in the middle of the Meshchera lowland, on the north-eastern side, at a distance of 67 km from the regional center of the city of Ryazan. It should be noted that there are two rivers at once. Almost the whole city lies on Sovkoy, and only a part of it is on the left bank of the Pra (tributary of the Oka). The population is quite small. In 2013, it was only 5788 people. Spas-Klepikami settlement began to be called in the early twentieth century, and in 1920 it received the status of the city.
Section 2. History of occurrence
Historians argue that in the place where the Spas-Klepiki are now, the village was formed in the XIV-XV centuries, although it was first mentioned in writing in 1676 only in writing. Then the name was a little shorter - Klepiki. The town received its name from the word "klepik", which in translation from the Old Russian language means "a knife for cleaning fish."
Over time, the second part of the name appeared - Spasskoye. It happened in the XIX century due to the opening of the Church of the Transfiguration of the Lord. By the way, there are two legends about the origin of the church. According to one of them, it is known that in the distant past there was a ferry in these places, through which trains of merchants passed. The impassable swamps and dense forest made the crossing a hot spot for the robbers, among which the Klepikov brothers were very famous. After the brothers got rich on robbery, they repented, that's why they built a church in honor of the Savior. The second legend says that the robbers were beheaded, and the Church of the Savior was built by merchants in honor of getting rid of robberies.
But anyway, a modest settlement played a huge role in the history of the country's formation. Why? The fact is that through the Spas-Klepiki in the XVII century were laid very important trade routes: one led from ancient Ryazan to Vladimir, and the second - from Yegoryevsk to Kasimov. The crafts actively developed. In the II floor. XVII century here already worked linen factory. Due to such circumstances, the village became a subject of interest of wealthy merchants and turned into a fairly large center. Merchants in the center of the city built their houses, thus forming a square square from which the streets stretched the streets with less wealthy houses. There lived artisans, petty officials, handicraftsmen.
At the beginning of the 19th century the settlement became quite large. There were several dozen small shops, two churches, a pharmacy, a Zemstvo hospital, a postal and telegraph office, three schools and a hotel. Among other things, there were fifteen cotton factories in the Spas-Klepik, producing cotton wool and cotton, leather and soap making plants. Also here was built a narrow-gauge railway, which by the beginning of the twentieth century joined Ryazan and Vladimir.
A few years ago, in 1999, there was a big fire. It burned down the railway bridge over the river Pra and the railway station. To the great joy of the local residents managed to save from the fire museum of wooden architecture.
Spas-Klepiki now does not have its own railway station. The nearest is located in the village. Tuma, 25 km from the town.
Section 3. What city lives now?
Today, the factory Interlok, which produces shoes, is actively functioning and providing jobs. But it is famous not only for its excellent quality, but also for its low price. That's why often dishonest suppliers give out the factory's products for Italian or French, thereby raising prices several times. Also in the city work textile knitwear, sewing and cotton mills. In addition to the above production, Spas-Klepiki have also established the production of sanitary hoses. Now there is a construction of a factory for manufacturing plastic windows. Not far from the city, in woodlands, timber and peat are mined.
Section 4. Major Attractions
There are several interesting museums in the city:
- Combat and labor glory;
- Wooden architecture;
- A branch of the museum-preserve of the famous poet Sergei Yesenin.
Until today, preserved stone buildings of the XIX century, among them the church and teachers' school, where the brilliant Yesenin studied. At the building of the school and on the street. Enlightenment installed his bust.
In the city there is the Meshchera National Park, which is sure to visit every tourist. Here you can stay alone with nature, have a picnic, read or take a walk with the children in the fresh air. Three times a day in the park is an excursion. Experienced guides will gladly tell you about the memorable places associated with the park, and about several unique plants preserved here thanks to the caring leadership of the city of Spas-Klepiki.
Three kilometers from the village there is the village of Polushkino, in which there is a recreation center, known in tourist circles. From it you can go camping along the Klepikovsky lakes and along the river Pra.
In the city park in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of victory in the Second World War, a genuine L-29 fighter was installed on the pedestal.
Section 5. Interesting facts
- In the school of Spas-Klepikov in 1909-1912, the brilliant poet S. Yesenin studied.
- K. Paustovsky in his numerous stories, for example "Australian from Pilyovo station", "Meshcherskaya side", "Road conversations", sang the very nature of the Meshchera National Park.
- Young people will like the fact that the town is considered the birthplace of the now famous thrash metal band called "Sledgehammer".
- By the way, you can also get acquainted with the village more closely on TV. In 2006, the shooting of the film "Graffiti" directed by Igor Apasyan took place here.
Section 6. How to get there
Intrigued? Do you want to visit here personally? Well, then, remember the way: buses from Ryazan and Shchelkovo bus station are constantly running to Spas-Klepiki . In addition, the city passes routes: Egorievskoe highway (P105) and 67 km of the road Ryazan - Spas-Klepiki (P123). From Moscow to Spas-Klepikov can be reached in about three hours on the motorways Z105, P105, M5.