The number of cities, towns and villages that make up Russia is really vast, of all types and sizes and with all possible cultural varieties.
Each site stands for something in particular, whether its beauty, whether its history and its importance to the country’s development. A city that is distinguished by its antiquity is Yelabuga, an ancient city that bears the burden behind a history of over a thousand years. Originally, the city was a small Bulgarian settlement founded for the tenth century the people of this place had the need, and hit upon, to build a bridge that would allow passage through the Kama river.
This step quickly became part of a trade route that connected with the Arctic Ocean Bulgaria which led to a strong and rapid development of Yelabuga. Currently they are still visible ruins of this settlement, with a tower that, according to legend, was built in one night by demons. Visiting these ancient sites as old and definitely is an opportunity, so if you are about to take a tour of Russia, remember to include in your itinerary one pass through Yelabuga.
Due to its strategic location, this city soon became an important trading and housed several renowned personalities in Russia. You can visit, for example, the house of the poet Tsvetaeva that not only retains its original structure but all the furniture used by it. You can even see the exact spot where he hanged himself and the newspaper that was found in his clothes.
Another house that is now a museum is the famous painter Ivan Shishkin, here you can see where the painter grew and haunts for inspiration for his works.