1. I like the theme of wooden architecture in the small towns in Russia.
 In the oldest village of the Ivanovo region in the settlement of Luh, I managed to find the type of dwellings that are peculiar to this place, which is interesting from the point of view of ethnography and anthropology.

2. The songs of local senior women from the village after the end of the celebration on May 9 in honor of the end of the Great Patriotic War.

3. Just listen. On MTV you will do not hear music like this.

4. Luh is a sleepy village with a slightly strange name, the district center of the Ivanovo region. It is known since 1404 and a little later it even was the capital of the principality, in 1775-1925 it had the status of the city, after which Luh at the request of the residents was transformed into a village to prevent the reduction of personal plots on which local people grew vegetables for themselves and for sale.


Now there about 2800 people live at the time of 2016 with a maximum population of 3900 inhabitants in 1979. The name of the village traces the Finno-Ugrian influence, in any case, the word "luh" in Lithuanian means "swamp" (the language itself refers to the Baltic group of languages). According to the legend, the monk who founded the monastery there called the settlement that way.

5. Although development stopped here in the 19th century, Luh is the most beautiful place. By the way, forests cover 20% of the area.


6. It is - a real Russian outback And this naturalness allows you to feel the atmosphere of Russia much better.


7. It is Luh river, the tributary of the Klyazma, on which the city of Vladimir stands.


8. Left you can see Trinity Cathedral built in 1754 with a pencil-shaped bell tower, in the middle of the image the Assumption Church (1775) and the Resurrection Church built in 1680. View from the trees.
  Because of all this, I want to return to Luh. Wonderful!


9. In Luh the ramparts preserved, the remains of the ancient fortress.


10. At the present time, Luh is the only town in the region built according to the type of ancient Russian fortress.


11. It is a monument to Hero of the Soviet Union Nikolai Bobrov, a native of Luh, when he was 19 years old accomplished his first feat during the liberation of Left Bank of Ukraine namely during the crossing of Dnepr River. The platoon under his command destroyed 8 machine-gun points, destroyed dozens of fascists. October 4, 1943 in one of the offensive battles Nikolai Bobrov was killed.


12. There is a legend that Tsar Ivan the Terrible preferred to eat only onions grown in Luh, which here were grown with special love and sent to Moscow in large numbers in wagons.
     It is curious, but the onion is still an important vegetable in the life of the people of Luh. So, some of them believe that this root crop lies in the sources of the name of their village. In addition, every year in Luh, the Fair "Onion Festival" is held, during which competitions are organized for the most bitter onions, the largest onion, the sculpture of onions, the best onion rippers, runners and throwers onions.


13. The Trinity Church (1775). In the external features of the monument you can see the features of two architectural epochs: the 17th century and the Baroque.


14. Resurrection Cathedral built in 1680 on the left in the square, on which two main streets of the city are oriented to Puchezh and to Ivanovo. The building belongs to a large group of large-scale temples, characteristic of the architecture of the Volga trading cities. The tiles decorating the facade. They are referred to the Yaroslavl school of temple architecture.


15. The Temple Assumption-Troitsko-Resurrection ensemble on the central square really looks very picturesque.


16. Monument to Nikolai Benardos - the inventor of electric arc welding and metal cutting, a native of the village of Luh.


17. Obelisk in memory of people of Luh who died in battle of the Great Patriotic War (1969).


18. Luh is "the small homeland" of the richest merchant of the Russian Empire, Nikolai Vtorov. His father, Alexander Vtorov, was a philistine in the town of Luh, before he left for Siberia, and made his fortune there. Already at the beginning of the 20th century, Nikolai was nicknamed the "Russian Morgan" (in honor of the American banker John Morgan, who created the largest financial company in the world in the second half of the 19th century) for business acumen. According to Forbes, he was the owner of Russia's largest state of the early twentieth century (more than 60 million gold rubles).


19. In Luh in disgrace Artamon Matveev lived, who was an influential nobleman during the reign of Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich. As the head of the Russian government, Artamon Matveev sharply intensified his relations with the countries of Europe after half a century of isolation, connected with overcoming the consequences of the Troubles and the Polish intervention. Matveyev valued communication with foreigners. He organized a printing, assembled a huge library and was among the organizers of the first pharmacy in Moscow. In his house there was an acquaintance of Alexey Mikhailovich and his future wife Natalia Naryshkina, the future mother of Peter I.


The death of Tsar Alexis (1676) entailed the fall of Matveyev. According to one version, he tried to put on the throne of a minor Peter in spite of the supporters of Tsarevich Fedor. On the other version, the family of Miloslavsky, who gained dominance, decided to kill Matveev of vengeance. Accused of insulting a foreign ambassador, Matveyev was exiled to Pustozersk with his whole family, then to Mezen and to Luh. After the death of Fedor III, the minors Peter and Ivan V became tsars, returned all positions to Matveyev. He died in 1682 a few days after his return to Moscow as a result of the streltsy rebellion.
    By the way, Andrei Matveyev, son of Artamon Matveev, became the first permanent ambassador of Russia abroad, received the title of count in the Holy Roman Empire.

20. The local house of culture.


21. Monument to Vladimir Lenin.


22. There is no gas in Luh, so there are stacks of firewood everywhere and there is a special smell in the air.




24. Kindergarten.




26. Pervomaiskaya street.


27. Luh is still valuable for its private wooden building. Look, the farm buildings are in the same style.








31. This entry was built 100 years ago.
















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