Kargopol

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Kargopol (English)
Каргополь (Russian)
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Location of Arkhangelsk Oblast in Russia
Kargopol is located in Arkhangelsk Oblast
Kargopol
Kargopol
Location of Kargopol in Arkhangelsk Oblast
Coordinates: 61°30′N 38°56′E / 61.500°N 38.933°E / 61.500; 38.933Coordinates: 61°30′N 38°56′E / 61.500°N 38.933°E / 61.500; 38.933
Coat of Arms of Kargopol (Arkhangelsk oblast).png
Coat of arms
Administrative status (as of June 2011)
Country Russia
Federal subject Arkhangelsk Oblast[1]
Administrative district Kargopolsky District[1]
Town of district significance Kargopol[1]
Administrative center of Kargopolsky District,[1] town of district significance of Kargopol[1]
Municipal status (as of March 2013)
Municipal district Kargopolsky Municipal District[2]
Urban settlement Kargopolskoye Urban Settlement[2]
Administrative center of Kargopolsky Municipal District,[2] Kargopolskoye Urban Settlement[2]
Statistics
Population (2010 Census) 10,214 inhabitants[3]
Time zone MSK (UTC+04:00)[4]
First mentioned 1146[citation needed]
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Kargopol (Russian: Ка́ргополь) is a town and the administrative center of Kargopolsky District in Arkhangelsk Oblast, Russia, located on both sides of the Onega River, several miles north of Lake Lacha, in the southwestern corner of the oblast. Population: 10,214 (2010 Census);[3] 11,192 (2002 Census);[5] 12,495 (1989 Census).[6]

History[edit]

It is not clear when Kargopol was founded, but, when first chronicled in 1146, it was a trade station of the Novgorod Republic and one of the most northerly permanent Slavic settlements.[citation needed] Although documentation for its early history is scarce, it is believed that Kargopol was the most significant trade center of Bjarmaland throughout the 13th and 14th centuries. In 1447, it was the place where Dmitry Shemyaka found refuge from Vasily II's ire.

Situated on the ancient route between Moscow and Arkhangelsk (then the only Russian seaport), Kargopol became one of the most prosperous cities of Russia, especially after the Muscovy Company started to operate in the mid-16th century. During the Time of Troubles it withstood a siege by Polish and Lithuanian brigands. The peasant rebel Ivan Bolotnikov was executed in Kargopol in 1608.

After Russia regained access to the Baltic Sea and St. Petersburg was founded, Kargopol gradually faded to obscurity. However, the people of Kargopol were still active in the exploration of Asian Russia. Alexander Baranov, the first governor of Russian America (Alaska), was born in this town.

Administrative and municipal status[edit]

Within the framework of administrative divisions, Kargopol serves as the administrative center of Kargopolsky District.[1] As an administrative division, it is incorporated within Kargopolsky District as the town of district significance of Kargopol.[1] As a municipal division, the town of district significance of Kargopol, together with the village of Zazhigino in Pavlovsky Selsoviet of Kargopolsky District, are incorporated within Kargopolsky Municipal District as Kargopolskoye Urban Settlement.[2]

Economy[edit]

Industry[edit]

Timber industry serves as the basis of the industry of Kargopolsky District. The linum production factory, which used to exist in Kargopol until the 1970s, is defunct.[7]

Transportation[edit]

Kargopol is connected by a paved road with Nyandoma and further east the principal highway in the region, M8 connecting Moscow and Arkhangelsk. There is a road to the north, which connects to M8 via Plesetsk and Brin-Navolok. This is the historic trading route which connected Kargopol with Arkhangelsk before the railroad was built and long stretches of this road are still unpaved. The stretch between Kargopol and Plesetsk was paved in 2011.[8] Another unpaved road in the western direction crosses the border with the Republic of Karelia and heads to Pudozh.

There is no railroad in Kargopol, even though at the time of construction of the railway between Vologda and Arkhangelsk—a decision taken by Tsar Alexander III in June 1894—it was the biggest town in the region, and the railway was constructed through unpopulated areas. There is an urban legend stating that Kargopol merchants were unhappy with the prospective of the railway construction in Kargopol, thinking it would deteriorate the trade, and therefore requested the railway to be built in detour. As a matter of fact, the local governance body, the Kargopol Duma, in September 1894 twice discussed the issue, came to the conclusion that the railroad construction indeed would deteriorate the trade, but that if it does not pass Kargopol, the damage would be much stronger. Therefore, on both occasions, the Duma sent a petition requesting that the railway would be rerouted via Kargopol. This did not occur since the construction had already started in August 1894, and since the detour would have been too big, as Kargopol is not on a straight line connecting Vologda with Arkhangelsk.[9]

The Onega is only navigable between Kargopol and Lake Lacha, since there are rapids downstream of Kargopol.

There is an airport in Kargopol, but since at least the early 1990s it has only been used for transporting cargo.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Kargopol
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) −9
(16)
−7
(19)
5
(41)
13
(55)
18
(64)
20
(68)
17
(63)
11
(52)
3
(37)
−2
(28)
−6
(21)
5
(41)
Daily mean °C (°F) −12
(10)
−10
(14)
−4
(25)
1
(34)
8
(46)
13
(55)
16
(61)
13
(55)
8
(46)
1
(34)
−4
(25)
−9
(16)
2
(36)
Average low °C (°F) −16
(3)
−13
(9)
−8
(18)
2
(36)
4
(39)
9
(48)
12
(54)
9
(48)
5
(41)
−6
(21)
−12
(10)
−1
(30)
Avg. precipitation days 28 23 22 18 17 17 16 18 18 23 27 29 256
Source: Weatherbase[10]

Culture and recreation[edit]

Today, Kargopol is a sleepy historical town adjoining the Kenozersky National Park. It is best known in Russia for Kargopol toys (Kargopolskiye igrushki), which are small, simple clay figures painted in traditional style.[11]

During its golden age in the 17th century, Kargopol became home to a highly localized brand of medieval Russian architecture. Quite a few wooden and white stone churches survive in the town and its vicinity. The earliest of these buildings is the black-domed Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ, built of dolomite by Novgorodians and consecrated in 1562. The interior features a curious iron hand sticking from the drum. A hallmark of Kargopol churches is delicate stone carving.

The 17th-century churches of Kargopol are decorated with unique stone carving

The Kargopol stone churches are classified as historical and architectural heritage and include:[12]

The Annunciation Church (left) and the St. Nicholas Church (right)

Kargopol is classified as a historical town by the Ministry of Culture of Russian Federation, which implies certain restrictions on construction in the historical center.[13]

The only state museum in the town is the Kargopol State Museum of History, Art, and Architecture, founded in 1919.[14] This is a cloak organization, which not only holds ethnographic, art, and historic exhibits, but also protects some of the architectural monuments in Kargopol and surroundings. Fifteen buildings, including a number of churches, are museum property. There are also two private museums in Kargopol.

Kargopol "Bigfoot"[edit]

Kargopol is also known throughout the Russian northwest for its numerous alleged sasquatch (bigfoot) sightings. The best known legend is reported to have happened in the early 1990s and was documented by authors.[15] Maya Bykova and Vadim Makarov (in his book Atlas of the Snowman[16]) According to the legend, about 6 kilometers (3.7 mi) from Kargopol, two hairy creatures, one a large "mother", the other its "child", made their way towards a military barracks. A young soldier on guard duty noticed the creatures and hurried back to the barracks for help. The sasquatch, carrying its young, entered behind the soldier. Although making non-threatening gestures and sounds, the creature was attacked by a soldier (who promptly passed out due to the overwhelming stench coming from the creature). Frightened, the creature ran away into the forest. As many as a dozen soldiers are reported to have witnessed these strange creatures on this night.

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Государственный комитет Российской Федерации по статистике. Комитет Российской Федерации по стандартизации, метрологии и сертификации. №ОК 019-95 1 января 1997 г. «Общероссийский классификатор объектов административно-территориального деления. Код 11 218», в ред. изменения №243/2014 от 18 апреля 2014 г.. (State Statistics Committee of the Russian Federation. Committee of the Russian Federation on Standardization, Metrology, and Certification. #OK 019-95 January 1, 1997 Russian Classification of Objects of Administrative Division . Code 11 218, as amended by the Amendment #243/2014 of April 18, 2014. ).
  2. ^ a b c d e Law #258-vneoch.-OZ
  3. ^ a b Russian Federal State Statistics Service (2011). "Всероссийская перепись населения 2010 года. Том 1" [2010 All-Russian Population Census, vol. 1]. Всероссийская перепись населения 2010 года (2010 All-Russia Population Census) (in Russian). Federal State Statistics Service. Retrieved June 29, 2012. 
  4. ^ Правительство Российской Федерации. Постановление №725 от 31 августа 2011 г. «О составе территорий, образующих каждую часовую зону, и порядке исчисления времени в часовых зонах, а также о признании утратившими силу отдельных Постановлений Правительства Российской Федерации». Вступил в силу по истечении 7 дней после дня официального опубликования. Опубликован: "Российская Газета", №197, 6 сентября 2011 г. (Government of the Russian Federation. Resolution #725 of August 31, 2011 On the Composition of the Territories Included into Each Time Zone and on the Procedures of Timekeeping in the Time Zones, as Well as on Abrogation of Several Resolutions of the Government of the Russian Federation. Effective as of after 7 days following the day of the official publication.).
  5. ^ Russian Federal State Statistics Service (May 21, 2004). "Численность населения России, субъектов Российской Федерации в составе федеральных округов, районов, городских поселений, сельских населённых пунктов – районных центров и сельских населённых пунктов с населением 3 тысячи и более человек" [Population of Russia, Its Federal Districts, Federal Subjects, Districts, Urban Localities, Rural Localities—Administrative Centers, and Rural Localities with Population of Over 3,000] (XLS). Всероссийская перепись населения 2002 года [All-Russia Population Census of 2002] (in Russian). Retrieved August 9, 2014. 
  6. ^ Demoscope Weekly (1989). "Всесоюзная перепись населения 1989 г. Численность наличного населения союзных и автономных республик, автономных областей и округов, краёв, областей, районов, городских поселений и сёл-райцентров" [All Union Population Census of 1989: Present Population of Union and Autonomous Republics, Autonomous Oblasts and Okrugs, Krais, Oblasts, Districts, Urban Settlements, and Villages Serving as District Administrative Centers]. Всесоюзная перепись населения 1989 года[All-Union Population Census of 1989] (in Russian). Институт демографии Национального исследовательского университета: Высшая школа экономики [Institute of Demography at the National Research University: Higher School of Economics]. Retrieved August 9, 2014. 
  7. ^ Нефёдова, Татьяна (2004). "Каргопольский район: Прошлое, настоящее и будущее русского Севера". Отечественные Записки (in Russian) (4 (18)). Retrieved June 12, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Запущена "Дорога в космос"" (in Russian). «Дорожное агентство «Архангельскавтодор». 22 September 2011. Retrieved September 25, 2011. 
  9. ^ Студенцова, Е. О. (2009). Уездные города России / Влияние Вологодско-Архангельской железной дороги на экономическое развитие г. Каргополя в конце ХIХ—начале ХХ в. (in Russian). Kargopol. 
  10. ^ "Weatherbase: Historical Weather for Kargopol'". Retrieved June 30, 2011. 
  11. ^ Дурасов, Г. П. (1986). Каргопольская глиняная игрушка. Leningrad: Художник РСФСР. 
  12. ^ "Памятники истории и культуры народов Российской Федерации" (in Russian). Russian Ministry of Culture. Retrieved June 12, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Приказ Министерства культуры Российской Федерации, Министерства регионального развития Российской Федерации от 29 июля 2010 г. N 418/339 г. Москва "Об утверждении перечня исторических поселений"" (in Russian). Российская газета. September 29, 2010. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Каргопольский государственный историко-архитектурный и художественный музей" (in Russian). Каргопольский государственный историко-архитектурный и художественный музей. Retrieved June 12, 2011. 
  15. ^ http://www.parascope.com/en/articles/bigfootRussia.htm
  16. ^ Atlas of the Snowman

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