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Reference on historical and cultural features of Muezersky region

It is located in the West of middle-Karelia along the border with Finland. It is the second-largest region of the republic with low population density (0.01 people per hectare). The region is crossed by the West-Karelian height, being the watershed between the White Sea and the Baltic Sea.

Historical and Cultural Potential

In the South of the region, 20 km from the settlement of Sukkozero the mountain of Vottovara is located, the highest point of the West-Karelian height (417.1 m). The mountain is registered by the government as a cultural and historical (archeologic) monument of the republican value. At the top of this mountain there was a sanctuary of ancient Laplanders - till now there remained hundreds of worship stones - seids and stone ornaments. Among other similar sanctuaries found in the northern regions, this monument is the Southmost and is featured for easy transport access. Vottovara is interesting as a nature sanctuary. Its slopes and top are covered with well-preserved wood and forest-tundra communities, and the mountain itself has bright traces of tectonic activity: blocks broken by cracks, lift up or, on the contrary, brought down huge fragments of rocks, many various boulders. All this creates a picture of protogenic chaos and has already drawn attention of both geologists, and artists. Popularity of the mountain grows, wild tourists began to appear there, and it may lead to irreparable consequences for its worship and natural complexes. At the same time, the mountain can become the most interesting tourist object not only in the region, but also in the republic as a whole.

By virtue of frontier position population of the region suffered from the Swedish attacks, sometimes strongly fighting the Swedes off. The leader of Karelians Ivan Rokachchu managed to defeat a large Swedish detachment, thus, having become history. In the cultic grove near the village of Tiksha there is a tomb of this national hero and a memorable sign. Sculptural portrait of Rokachchu has been recreated by academician Gerasimov. Now the Rokachchu's place of burial place became the object of tourist pilgrimage.

Memorable event of modern history was the legendary ski campaign of the Red Army cadets under the command of Toivo Antikainen in 1922 to the village of Kimasozero. Following this campaign the all-Union ski itinerary was organized, and thousands of fans of winter tourism have passed it.

The region has very few monuments of architecture. They are 16 and scattered in different villages. Therefore, needless to say about development of cultural and cognitive tourism. At the same time, Muezersky region is a unique ground, where any kinds of natural, ecological, rural and sports tourism may develop.

In the region there are 7 folklore groups, Muezersky national chorus which take part in traditional national festivals on the Pancake week, Christmas, calendar holidays. Interest of the population to applied arts and crafts has been growing recently.

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Created: November 4, 2002. Last updated: January 20, 2009.
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