Tver region, Russia
On the Upper Volga, 250km north-west from Moscow towards St. Petersburg,
population 10th. Hilly countryside
TOO MUCH, TOO OUTDATED, TOO INVOLVED...
I am hoping to make a readable summary out of old Staritsa pages, which are too
numerous and outdated to make it easy to re-work them. My too intense of an
involvement with Staritsa doesn't make the task easier either but here..
HOW IT ALL STARTED AND WHERE IT ALL IS
My attempt to write the story of this project started turning into something
smacking of whining and self-pity while I seems to have lost the vector. So
let's move the nostalgia stuff to a
A town of 10th., on the Volga
river, about 1/3 of the way from Moscow
to St. Petersburg, surrounded by picturesque hilly countryside. A natural
stopping point for a traveller who wants to see a cross-section of the country.
Among its attractions is an extensive system of CATACOMBS.
[Misc. photos of Staritsa, with comments]
Getting to Staritsa from
Moscow | from
St. Petersburg | train station
bus station |
Getting to Staritsa VIP style [an offer that I personally transport
To see & do
sights and attractions
Russian in Staritsa | alternative tourism
Horse riding at site owner's dacha.
No time limit, accommodation included, only $25/day.
Want to die beautifully?
The Tver Gliding Club visits Staritsa regularly.
Write to me about their trips
to Staritsa or visit them in Tver.
The Tver Gliding Club
Chose between the Volga hotel, one of three private
houses, several cozy caves complete with bats, or sleeping in a tent.. . [DETAILS]
| Internet |
Food and drink
Staritsa is considered a high-crime high-murder town. The character
and type of these murders, however, makes local dangers largely irrelevant to you. Your typical
Staritsa theft is neighbours steeling each others' spuds, and your typical Staritsa
murder is neighbours splitting each others' heads open with wood-choppers after old
resentments of three generations of them stealing countless generations of each
others' chicken come up to the surface following a long weekend of mutual raw
potato vodka consumption. No professional theft, no robberies, no real premeditated
crime in Staritsa. Relax.
Russian brides from Staritsa
So far Staritsa has remained untouched
by the Russian brides export industry. You personal ad, published in Staritsa,
is likely to receive very few responses - but responses from women who are in no
habit of posting their faces on dating sites - a practice that quickly teaches them to pick and choose.
Tourism in Staritsa
The Staritsa Center of Tourism
171360 Staritsa, Tver oblast, ul. Volodarskoya 16. Five min. from the bus
station. Try them for tour guides, including people able to keep you safe during
your exploration of caves. Telephones: (08263) 23669, 21552, 23548. Their
coordinator, Elena Orekhova, can be contacted at
Cultural Center took over the function of promoting tourism and
organizing tours. Details coming up.
Travel agents that specialize in the
Tver region are likely to offer bus tours
of Staritsa. Also ask agents that specialize in the Golden Ring about travelling to Staritsa.
Arts, crafts, and even lowly souvenirs
Staritsa was a major center of
craftsmanship and low-tech industry before the unfortunate series of
events early in the 20th century. There are rumours that there still are
ironsmiths and weavers and felt boots makers somewhere in the district.
I will of course be adding to this page people who make useful and
beautiful things with their hands.
first artisan, the scrappy-maker Lyuba. Further, I am proud to be the first
one who recognized the business potential of her hobby, and to be the first
paying customer to order a horse blanket of her making.
Staritsa in the Internet, in English
This page was first established around 1998
or '99, when I got myself into this silly project. The last overhaul happened a
couple of years ago (2002??), when I was left in Dubrovki for two weeks with
nothing particular to do.
And now a commercial message from this site's owner, the
famous Uncle Pasha, your Russian living, working, travel, and
Very soon INVITATIONS and REGISTRATIONS will be available
from me directly, together with detailed instructions on what to do.
Details will be announced soon but for now please
WRITE TO ME
whole point of the site was to
entice you to Staritsa and to get you to commit a further insanity by taking
a chancy boat ride
the Volga to my dacha,
and that, in turn, to further tempt your fate by
riding my horses
all-the-while contribution $30/day to my project.
www.russian-horse-rides.com for details.
gallery of Staritsa winter images on my dacha / horse riding site
Staritsa is famous for
its caves. Here is a good site on Russian caves and caving, with a lot of
Recommended site on caves and caving:
From our in-house historian, the famous
Vovchik from Ryazan
established at the end of the13th century and remained
independent from Moscow till Ivan the Terrible ordered the last
prince of Staritsa knived during a feast. After that Staritsa
was frequently used as a place of exile for those whom even
Ivan the Terrible did not have enough power to just kill without
any ceremony. Among its famous unwilling guests was Iov (Job),
the first Patriarch of Russia, who was sent to Staritsa in 1605.
Comment supplied by the famous
Vovchik of Ryazan