Sunday, October 16, 2011

Yelabuga - Алабуга

Yelabuga in Tatarstan.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Coordinates: 55°46′N 52°02′E

The Devil's Tower (Şaytan qalası), a unique architectural monument surviving from Volga Bulgaria

Kazan Street

Spasskaya Street

Gassar Markovo

Yelabuga (Russian: Ела́буга; Tatar Cyrillic: Алабуга, Latin: Alabuğa, also spelled Alabuga or Elabuga, is a town in the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia, located on the right bank of the Kama River and 200 kilometers (120 mi) east from Kazan. Population: 70,750 (2010 Census preliminary results) 68,663 (2002 Census)  53,537 (1989 Census)
The history of the settlement dates back to the 11th century, when a Volga Bulgarian border castle was established. The castle was later abandoned, and its remains are now known as Şaytan qalası (Shaytan's castle).

In the second half of the 16th century, a Russian village was founded on the same spot. It is known for its oil industry and as the birthplace of painter Ivan Shishkin.

Yelabuga is famous as the place where Russian poet Marina Tsvetayeva committed suicide in 1941. The poet is buried at the municipal cemetery.

In the 1990s, a General Motors assembly plant operated in the town.

Near Yelabuga is the Nizhnyaya Kama National Park.

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