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2009 Jul by Jorge Sanchez
Although I had crossed Vologda Oblast in the past, stopping for a while in some cities during my train journey from Moscow to Vorkuta, in Komi Republic (what is enough to count it as “visited” in MTP), I did not have any humane experience in that Russian province, so as a traveler I felt the responsibility to go again to that Oblast and visit it properly to consider it like really visited, seeing something more than a train station during half an hour; I did not want to fool myself.|
The opportunity came in the year 2009, in my way down by boat and train from the Solovetski islands to Bashkiria Republic.
I stopped in the pleasant town of Vologda and visited its kremlin (Vologda is one of the few Russian cities possessing a kremlin, or fortress) and the historical downtown, with constructions dating from the XII century.
The next day I took a bus to Ferapontov Monastery, a UNESCO Patrimony of the Humankind, to admire the famous frescoes painted by the monk Dionysius the Wise.
It was easy to get to Ferapontov; I just catch a bus early in the morning and after 1 hour or so I reached the gates of the Ferapontov Monastery, where I visited the famous frescoes of Dionysius the Wise, a monk from Moscow who painted icons and created was is called the “Muscovite mannerism art”.
The ticket that I bought to visit the monastery and the Dionysius frescoes also allowed me the access to a museum of art crafts and a small chapel (very interesting), plus an exposition of contemporary paintings (not interesting at all).
To return to Vologda was more difficult since from Ferapontov Monastery there was a daily bus back to that city only at 6 PM; consequently I hitch hiked to get sooner to Vologda.
It is difficult to hitchhike in Russia (although not impossible). People are not used to practice that original and cheap type of transport. Only after two hours a car driven by a young man stopped and dropped me in Kirillov, from where I already had frequent buses to Vologda.
While waiting one of those buses I had the opportunity to visit near the bus station the monastery of Kirillo Belozersky, another wonder of the religious art in Russia, founded in the XIV century on the shores of the lake Siberskoye, which during many years was the largest monastery north of Russia.
Once back in the city of Vologda I boarded a train that after two days brought me to Ufa, the capital of the Republic of Bashkiria, to visit that city properly, as a traveller.
After my journey to Vologda city and its monasteries in the surroundings I felt morally ready to mark Vologda Oblast as visited in MTP.
2008 Sep by Veikko Huhtala*
Vologda is the capital city of the same named oblast, about 500 km north of Moscow, and takes around eight hours to go there by train.|
We were going to Komi Republic and our train stopped there twice, going to Syktyvkar and coming back to Moscow, altogether 50 minutes. This was not a long time, but quite enough for me.
Vologda is the city with almost 300,000 people.