Of course, many have heard about the city of Uryupinsk. Moreover, not everyone even knows - but where is he really? Strange, but for some reason it is Uryupinsk that is a symbol of provincialism. Meanwhile, this is a wonderful city in the Volgograd region with a very interesting history.
Currently, 36, 000 residents live in Uryupinsk. The date of foundation is considered to be 1618, although there is reason to believe that the city that existed earlier on this site was destroyed, and at the beginning of the 17th century it was rebuilt. It is assumed that at this place at the turn of the XIV-XV centuries. was the border fortress of the Ryazan principality.
The name of the city is also not so simple. Why it was named Uryupinsky, no one can say for sure now. According to one version, on behalf of the Tatar prince Uryupa, according to the other - from the word "uryupa", which in the dictionary of Vladimir Ivanovich Dahl is explained as "slob". Moreover, this may refer not to any specific person, but to the marshy area where the city of Uryupinsk was built.
Several years ago the city of Uryupinsk was issued an official certificate, according to which it is the "Capital of the Russian province". With such an initiative, the city administration turned to the Federal Service for Intellectual Property. Now no one, except Uryupinsk, can claim the title of the main city of the Russian hinterland.
In September 2000, a monument to a goat was erected in Uryupinsk. Volgograd sculptors Viktor Fetisov and Oleg Dedov worked on it. The monument to this animal was not built by chance, the Uryupino goats are famous for their light and warm down, from which local craftswomen make scarves, sweaters, mittens, which can compete in quality with Orenburg ones. But, as soon as you bring goats from Uryupinsk to other regions, their fluff loses its uniqueness. Perhaps the local climate is responsible for the high quality of the down?
The monument quickly became popular among both local residents and visitors to the city. There was even such a belief that in order for a cherished wish to come true, you need to take a picture against the background of a stone goat, and then rub its nose. After that, it remains only to wait and hope that the wish will really come true someday.
Three years after the opening of the monument, the Goat Museum was also organized in the city. Museum visitors can get acquainted with the history of the local craft of knitting down products. New exhibits regularly arrive here. Even many famous couturiers have become interested in the unique Uryupin down.
Uryupinsk gained wide popularity after the publication of the story "The Fate of a Man" by MA Sholokhov. According to the plot, it was in this city that the soldier Andrei Sokolov who returned from captivity met the orphan Vanya. The plot of Sholokhov's work was based on real events; in the spring of 1946, the writer met a man who told him about his difficult fate. The story was first published in the Pravda newspaper only ten years later.
Three years later, Sergei Bondarchuk's film "The Fate of a Man" was released. The picture received the main prize at the Moscow Film Festival, and Bondarchuk quickly became popular not only in our country. In 2005, a monument to Andrei Sokolov and Vanya was erected in Uryupinsk. The sculptural composition is located in the center of the city, where, according to the plot of the story, Sokolov saw Vanya next to the tea house.
On January 10, 1936, Yevgeny Yakovlevich Dzhugashvili, the grandson of I. V. Stalin, was born in Uryupinsk. the relationship between his parents, Yakov Dzhugashvili and Olga Golysheva, was not officially registered. Evgeny Dzhugashvili graduated from the Air Force Academy. Zhukovsky, taught at the Academy of the General Staff of the USSR Armed Forces. He died in 2016, in the last years of his life he worked on a book of memoirs about his grandfather.
Uryupinsky pigeon breeders bred a breed of Uryupinsky blue pigeons. They are unpretentious in maintenance, have good flight qualities, they can stay in the air for up to 7 hours. Pigeons of this breed are quite fertile, hatch and feed their chicks well.
The city is located on the left bank of the Khopra, one of the largest tributaries of the Don. Hopper is often called "the cleanest river in Europe". Despite such an honorary title, the river also has environmental problems, which is not surprising in our age. At the beginning of the XXI century, the water in Khopr belongs to the 3rd class of purity. That is, it is "moderately polluted".
The oldest church in the city is Pokrovskaya, built in 1792. The Church of the Intercession is the only temple in the city that has completely survived in the era of the USSR. Here is the icon of the Mother of God, which miraculously appeared in 1821. The source where the icon was discovered is called Holy. Water from it helps people get rid of both bodily and spiritual ailments.