Lipetsk region is an ancient wonderful land where there are no tourists. Here are one of the oldest mineral resorts and one of the smallest nature reserves in the world - Galichia Gora, the domes of the Orthodox cathedrals in Zadonsk and Yelts, where local craftsmen weave wonderful Yelets lace and enjoy the cozy scenery of Central Russia. If you haven’t been here, go to this beauty soon! This region is a real Russian fairy tale.
Top 10 interesting places to visit:
Cathedral Square, Lipetsk
Cathedral of the Nativity, Lipetsk
Local History Museum of the Lipetsk region, Lipetsk
Ascension Cathedral, Yelets
Museum of Folk Crafts, Yelets
Zadonsky Monastery, Zadonsk
Safari Park "Kudykina Gora", Alekseevka
Suspension bridge in Volotovo
Kurapovsky rocks, Kurapovo
Vorgolsky rocks, Dernovka
Sights map of the Lipetsk region
Detailed map of all places in the region can be seen on the website of the national tourism portal of Russia:
Travel around the Lipetsk region
Some regions are attractive for their thousand-year history, which tourists from all over the world come to know. Some are famous for their incredible natural beauties, to see which means to enjoy the splendor of our planet. In some settlements, local residents produce unique household items or art, the secret of which is keep in safe. There are places where entertainment and idleness rule the ball. Each of these places wants to attract as many tourists as possible (after all, this is their income), and therefore takes care of advertising and events, which notify everyone about the opportunity to spend leisure time here. The logic is simple: who will come to us if we don’t tell about them? Another thing is true: people who choose a place for their next trip or journey, much more often pay attention to those places that they have already learned or heard about somewhere, often ignoring something little-known. With this logic, tourism becomes cyclical: stable flows of tourists are sent to "untwisted and publicized" places, where local residents, guides and companies receive a steady income, and most people become tourists through visits to long-known places. But if you imagine tourism in this form, the picture will be clearly incomplete...
It is amazing how new sights appear on the map of the tourist landscape of Russia with enviable frequency. Vibrant and interesting places that no one had heard of before. They arise from nowhere, as if before this place did not exist at all. In a certain sense, it is, because few people knew about this place. But this does not negate the fact that it has been here a long time ago, and even more so does not make it less beautiful. I suggest you to take on a trip in the region, where you can find a lot of such places - unknown, a little wild, but incredibly beautiful. In a region where everything is simple: roads, houses, leisure and life. In the cities that live from paycheck to paycheck, that don’t know about tourists but have a lot of beauty and folk crafts. In places where there are almost no people, but which amaze the imagination and fill the spiritual energy of everyone who came here. Ladies and gentlemen, we are going on a travel around Lipetsk region!
In tourist areas, all the necessary infrastructure has been created so that every tourist can quickly and conveniently learn about all the information about the place: history, how to get there and what to pay special attention to. In the Lipetsk region (with the exception of the museums of Lipetsk) it is impossible to find a place that is at least half adapted for the "pampered tourists" - and this creates a special atmosphere for the traveler and the discoverer. Coming here, you are fully immersed in the life of local residents, you see the world through their eyes and interact with reality for real. Tourists here are not separated from the surrounding by an invisible wall of comfort and detachment - here we are on a par with everyone, we feel soul and body unity with the nature and life of the region.
The history of the Lipetsk region is as fragmented as one can imagine. To put together all the information about the region means to shovel hundreds of archives and sources, bring together the threads of the destinies of individual people and in the end find out that reality is much more complicated than it seemed in historical references. The Lipetsk region, although comparable in size to a small European country, until the beginning of the 17th century was the Wild Field, where endless plains were only rarely replaced by rare forests and small rivers that can easily be wade. The smallest reserve in the world "Galichya Gora" seeks to preserve those rare forests that are still in the region. Life here was a constant risk, which only certain daredevils and people took, who for various reasons fled from the state. The risk arose due to the relief: more than 90% of the territory is occupied by plains, which provide an excellent opportunity for sudden horse raids. It is not surprising that these lands often came into the possession of nomads (like the Khazars) and small Russian principalities, but after the Mongol conquests they finally became empty. The Mongols did not need to inhabit these lands, because they were not sedentary people. As a result, in the 1230s, the territory of the Lipetsk region became a wasteland for another five centuries. There was nothing here. Nothing at all. Only field without boundary.
At the end of the 16th century, the Romanov dynasty reigned in the Tsardom of Russia and began extensive transformations and conquests. Having pushed nomadic peoples to the south and east, as well as building protection from the Polish-Lithuanian neighbor, the Russians began to actively develop wild southern lands. They were attracted by fertile chernozem soils, a warm southern climate and vast empty spaces that perfectly increased the territory of the young state. There was a problem with the raids of nomads and Cossacks, and to solve it, the fortified cities of Dankov, Yelets and Lebedyan were rebuilt. The first subsequently became the agrarian leader of the region, the second formed a thriving center of folk crafts, and the third founded fruit orchards, which made it the Russian leader in the production of juices. Having built fortresses, it was possible to move further south, but the army needed more weapons for the navy, the need for which prompted the Romanov dynasty in 1700 to establish the Lipsky ironworks, around which settlements of workers arose. One of these workers' settlements was the Lipetsk settlement, which gave rise to the city of Lipetsk in 1709.
But even before that moment, on the high bank of the Sosna River there was a military fortress of Yelets. Although the settlement itself was founded here in 1146, it was repeatedly destroyed by raids by nomads and it finally became desolate after the invasion of Timur’s troops. The fortress on the site of the settlement was built in 1591, and mainly servants, Cossacks, serf peasants and rare boyars lived there, who, after turning the fortress into a city, began to actively explore the surrounding lands. The Renaissance of Yelets fell on the 18-19th century. The first elevator in the country appeared here, which processed grain from vast arable lands, and local needlewomen founded the production of especially thin lace, which are now famous far beyond the borders of Russia. This time was also marked by the construction of one of the most beautiful and largest cathedrals in the country - the Ascension Cathedral. Its massive arches are decorated with gilding and art paintings, and the carved iconostasis along with the altar are the real pieces of art. Although the Cathedral was devastated in Soviet times, it was completely restored by the early 2000s and today is the main sight of the town. Its height along with the spire is 74 meters, and therefore it can be seen far beyond the borders of Yelets. By protecting the southern borders of Russia, Yelets contributed to the construction of one of the richest and most famous Orthodox monasteries nearby - the Zadonsky Monastery. It brought faith and prosperity to the locals, and later the largest Orthodox educator of the XVIII century - St. Tikhon Zadonsky, who served here and was ranked as a saint; nowadays, his miraculous relics attract thousands of pilgrims from all over the country. Along with the Nilo-Stolobensky Monastery, the Trinity-Sergius Lavra and some other monasteries, the Zadonsky Monastery is one of the most beautiful Orthodox complexes in Russia.
There are many wonderful places in the Lipetsk region. The nature is represented by endless plains, where arable lands and fields ears in the spring and summer; small rivers with high banks, sandy beaches and plenty of fish; dense forests where you can enjoy the tranquility and rustle of foliage. In my opinion, the most beautiful and picturesque landscapes of the region are concentrated near Lebedyan town, where cozy villages are scattered among wide fields and picturesque ravines. Volotovo, Kurapovo, Troekurovo, Teploe ... although each separately is not of great interest, together they create an emotional picture of the Russian hinterland - one that you want to enjoy forever. There are many Orthodox churches in the region, many of which have a history over 200 years old. The art, science and heart of the Russian intelligentsia of the 19th century intertwined in the Church of Dimitry Solunsky in Berezovka: it was created at the expense of the landowner Yuri Nechaev-Maltsev, who lived nearby at the Polybino Manor and built the Pushkin Museum in Moscow, painted according to drawings by Viktor Vasnetsov, designed according to drawings by Vladimir Shukhov, who created the world's first hyperboloid tower ... In Balovnevo and Veshalovka there are hidden pearls of Russian pseudo-Gothic - Vladimir Church and Znamenskaya Church - authored by architect Vasily Bazhenov, who designed many beautiful buildings in Moscow: the palace in Tsaritsyno, the Pashkov House, the internal project of the Moscow Kremlin, the church in the Bykovo estate ... And also many remote and now abandoned temples, in some of which life is still warming ...
However, starting from the 18th century, the main life of the region proceeded in Lipetsk. Founded as a working settlement at ironworks, today Lipetsk is a major regional and industrial center of the country. Its largest Russian metallurgical plant NLMK was founded here thanks to the actions of Peter the Great, who built shipyards on the Voronezh River, ensuring the development and prosperity of this deserted land. So he became a local folk hero, whose real handprint is stored in the local history museum. According to legend, it was Peter the Great who discovered here mineral springs, the healing properties of which formed the basis of the Lipetsk resort. Long before the sources in the Caucasus were discovered, Bohemia and nobility came to Lipetsk and spent the long summer months here for treatment, balls and a discussion of the cultural life of Europe. In Soviet times, Lipetsk received its main architectural sights: the administration building and the drama theater, classical buildings in the center and the railway station. The city mixed all the styles of Soviet architecture, which today can be enjoyed at a leisurely promenade in the center.
Although Lipetsk was and remains the main city in the region, the most powerful impressions can be obtained only beyond its borders. Go to study ancient Orthodox monasteries, visit the Leo Tolstoy Memorial Museum at Astapovo station, learn about folk crafts in Yelets, learn about Russian fairy tales and legends in the "Kudykina Gora" Safari Park or simply enjoy the nature of the region. The local beauty is simple and minimalistic, and therefore great for a calm and relaxed trip, which will leave you alone with your thoughts and fill your soul with warm memories that you want to come back for.
Welcome to the Lipetsk region!