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10 REASONS TO VISIT

Komi is a land of unique natural monuments, pristine nature, a kaleidoscope of cultural authenticity of peoples intertwined by eras, times and events. Here you can breathe the purity of virgin forests. Get an adrenaline rush in extreme snows. Take a trip to medieval Russia, hidden behind the centuries-old taiga on the banks of the Pechora River. There are 10 reasons to come to the Komi Republic and get your impressions.

TAKE A WALK THROUGH THE RELICT TAIGA.

The wildland ― the "lungs of Europe" ― has been protected by UNESCO since 1995. The Pechora-Ilych Reserve and the Yugyd Va National Park are the “Virgin Komi Forests”.

 

TO SEE THE ARTIFACT OF THE MESOLITHIC ― YIRKAPA’S SKI FRAGMENT.

The exhibit of the National Museum of the Komi Republic dates to 7,000 years ago. Earlier, the most ancient ski was considered the Dubokray find of Norway, which is about 4,500 years old.

Лыжа. Фото Андрея Ретанова
Photo by A.Retanov 

VISIT UKHTA ― THE BIRTHPLACE OF THE INDUSTRIAL OIL PRODUCTION OF THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE

By decree of Peter the Great, the merchant Fedor Pryadunov from Arkhangelsk founded an oil refinery. This is the first oil refinery in the world. Extraction began in 1746.

TO TOUCH THE MIRACLE OF RUSSIA ― ROCK FORMATIONS.

The natural monument is shrouded with legends and superstitions of Mansi. The age of the weathering pillars is 200 million years. The magical riddle of the mysterious Urals.

Столбы выветривания на плато Маньпупунер

TAKE A TRIP TO THE MEDIEVAL RUSSIA.

It’s real. This is a unique authentic world of the Old Believers in the village of Ust-Tsilma. Descendants of the Novgorod people who did not recognize the church reform of Nikon live here. Ritualism, cultural traditions, melody of the Old Russian language ― all are not touched by civilization. Krasnaya Gorka attracts ethnographers, historians, linguists from around the world.

Горка в Усть-Цильме. Фото Алексея Торопова

 

FOLLOWING THE FOOTSTEPS OF WASSILY KANDINSKY IN THE ZYRIAN LAND.

A student at the law department of Moscow University made a scientific expedition. Folklore, ceremonies, lifestyle of Komi changed the worldview of the young researcher: “Here I learned not to look at the painting from the outside, but to mix into the painting, to live in it.” After 8 years, he chose to abandon his law career and laid the foundation for modernism in art.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​GO ON AN EXCURSION TO THE HOMELAND OF THE WORLD-RENOWN SCIENTIST

the founder of sociology Pitirim Sorokin in Turya, Knyazhpogostsky District. As an inquisitive child, Pitirim quickly learned how to read and write; and mastered the craft of the church items restorer. At the age of 11, he was given the largest order to restore Yarensk Spassky Cathedral. ​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​TOUCH THE HISTORY OF THE EXILE TERRITORY.

Bear's corner, as it was called in Tsarist Russia. Captured Frenchmen of Napoleon’s army were exiled there. In the 19th century, the land of Zyrians became a place of exile for political suspects. The Gulag system of the 20th century is now a museum complex that has preserved the atmosphere and way of life of prisoners in the USSR.

Часовня памяти жертв политических репрессий в Сыктывкаре

IMMERSE IN THE WORLD OF THE IZHMA KOMI

Фото Владислава Костылева
Photo by V. Kostylev 

traditionally engaged in reindeer husbandry, visit a chum, try on malitsa and taste the venison ― aybarch.

​​​​​​​ENJOY THE TASTE OF KOMI CUISINE.

Sur is beer brewed in villages. Its recipe has been preserved for several centuries. Few people know: the word "shanga" came to Russian from the Komi language. Bake a loaf of bread with your own hands, well, who will indulge in such a pleasure?

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