There are a lot of places all
over the world to visit, to live in, to like. But only one to LOVE.
We call this place Motherland. Our town is
a very nice place for living and recreation. And we are going to tell
you about Semenov with deep inner love towards our small Motherland
for you to adore it as much as we do.
Semenov is the centre of
Semenovsky municipal district. The population of the district is
about 50 thousand people (25 000 of them in the town). Our
town is situated on the left bank of the river Kerzhenets, a left
tributary of the great Russian river Volga.
The district has quite a
remarkable history. The first settlers of it were Christian
Old-believers persecuted by the official church. Dense forests of the
Kerzhenets sheltered the runaways, who feeling themselves quite safe
there decided to settle down and live in the territory of the
contemporary district. Old believers were
severe people with long beards. They were much devoted to their
religion and did their best to keep it. Their women wore long dresses
and shawls of dark colours, there children were being brought up in
the strict religious atmosphere and all the way of life was very
strict and traditional.
ruins of former old-believers’ monasteries may still be seen
near deserted villages. And nowadays there are two churches in the
town: one for old-believers, the other one for the orthodox
The geographical position of the district is rather an advantageous
one. Semenovsky district is crossed by 2 federal autoroutes and a
railway. Semenov is surrounded by dense forests, mostly coniferous,
they give much raw materials for wood processing industry, which is
widely developed in the North of our region.
There are several plants and factories
in our town. One of the largest is “SEMAR”
Another big factory is “KHOKHLOMA PAINTING FACTORY”. The
factory produces wooden utensils, decorated with Golden Khokhloma
painting, and Russian souvenir doll Matryoshka.
The Foundry Plant is rather important too.
Rather a notional part of the local industry is small business. Many
spheres of human activity are involved in it.
Due to the local industry developing at a high rate, the Government
of the district faces the task of providing it with workers, which
are in demand now.
And the great advantage is that the
youngsters have the ability to get education in their native town.
There are 5 secondary schools in Semenov, a technical school, where
technicians of wood-processing industry are taught, a professional
school for builders, house-painters and cooks, and an art college,
where future Khokhloma painters and turners study. There are also 5
branches of the institutions of higher education, a musical school
and a drawing school.
Day after day Semenov goes on growing and developing. A great amount
of money from the local budget is spent to make the town clean,
pleasant and convenient to live in. The town has recently been
gasificated, the pond in the center of the town has been cleaned and
the fountain in the middle of the pond has been restored, and it is
only the beginning. Much is to be done.
Semenov takes part in some National projects. A new museum called
“Golden Khokhloma”, a physical-training complex and a
contemporary maternity hospital are to be open soon. A house-building
plant is being built now and a plant for production of pressed fuel
is going to be built.
And there is also a number of so-called “grey” (with some
constructions) and “green” (without any constructions)
investment grounds for being used by potential investors.
Our town is one of Russian cultural
centres. The Festival of Golden Khokhloma is held here every year: it
is a chain of two or three bright and festive days of great cultural
value when tourists from Russia and other countries come to Semenov
to see our masterpieces of folk art, to visit different exhibitions,
concerts, to have interesting excursions, etc. In a word the Festival
provides a deep insight into the friendly and relaxed atmosphere of
traditional and joyful folk art. It is really worth being visited!
We must confess that we are extremely fond of our town. And we are
eager to show you all its advantages. That is why we would like to
invite you to our place to breath in its fresh air, to enjoy its
magnificent looks. It is lovely, isn’t it? And we consider our
small Motherland to be the best of all possible worlds.