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Tver Region

Tver Region was formally established in 1935. The area is 84.100 km2, the population is 1.3 mln residents. The region lies in Moscow Time Zone. The center is Tver; it was founded in

1135 and is located 167 km away from Moscow. During World War II, Tver became the first regional center in the world deliberated from the Nazi. The region stands on the Valdai Flatland.

The local climate is continental, average winter temperature is —18°С, average July temperature is +17°С. The major rivers are the Volga, the Western Dvina, the Tvertsa, the Mologa and others. Water divide between the Caspian and the Baltic Sea overgoes the area. 1.4% of the territory is occupied by lakes, in particular famous Lake Seliger.

Seliger is more of a system of lakes housing a plentitude of animals; the forests are full of mushrooms and berries. Come to Seliger in August for an unforgettable impression of the wild ash grove on Klichen Island.

Tver region boasts the Central Forest Conservancy Area established in 1930. The area of the reserve is 24 447 hectares. The reserve is washed by numerous rivers — the Tudovka, the Zhukopa, the Tudma, the Mezha and others. It has two swampland areas: Katin Mokh and Staroselsky Mokh («mokh» stands for moss). The nature of the conservancy is representative of the original ecosystem of the central part of Russian Plain. It features a unique southern-taiga spruce grove complex untouched by cutting. 195 bird and 55 animal species inhabit the conservancy. Environmental routes include «Mysteries of Okovsky Forest», «Forest’s ABC», «Staroselsky bog» and «Krasny Stan Stow» with beaver settlements.

Tver has always been considered a perfect example of architectural and town-planning arts; it was designed and developed with participation of distinguished architects Bartolommeo Francesco Rastrelli, P.R. Nikitin, Matvei F. Kazakov, Giacomo Antonio Quarenghi, Carlo I. Rossi, Vasily P. Stasov and Nikolai A. Lvov. The central city’s resembles that of St.-Petersburg. Most of historic buildings are situated at Sovetskaya and Tryokhsvyatskaya streets and Stepan Razin Embankment. One of the city symbols is the Old Bridge. The bridge is really rather old — over a hundred years old. For devoted travelers, it is a must to visit the monument of great explorer Afanasy Nikitin.

Tver houses Natural History Museum, and newly established Communications Museum open in 2002 and several religious constructions of various confessions — Catholic Transfiguration Cathedral built in 1864 and the cathedral mosque of 1906.

Apart from Tver, tourists are recommended to visit Bezhetsk located in thick Tver and Novgorod woods. The first references of the town date to 1137. The oldest construction is the bell tower of the Church of the Entry of the Holy Virgin erected in 1680. Urban development of 19 — 20th centuries was also preserved in the town.

October 1 is the start of hunting season. In one hunting season, one hunter may shoot no more than 100 spotty deer and 60 red deer, 6 thousand beavers and 100 otters.

Every year, Potters of Russia Exhibition is held in Lisa Chaikina Museum Center showing various clay subjects — toys, whistles, kitchenware and souvenirs as well as cotton, leather and other artworks.

Talented musicians gather at Open Doors Song Festival named after Yuri I. Vizbor.

In winter, many extreme sports lovers from all over Russia are attracted by Moscow Sea Festival held on the shores of Ivankovskoe Water Reserve. In commemoration of Kalinin town deliberation from the Nazi, which is annually celebrated on December 16, 1941, an off-road race called Tank Breakthrough is organized. Over one hundred and fifty crews from all parts of Russia participate in the race.

For more detailed information on the Region, please refer to Internet resources of governmental authorities of the constituent entity of the Russian Federation.

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