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ⓘ Tourism in the Volgograd region

Tourism in the Volgograd region is a part of tourism in Russia on the territory of the Volgograd region.

State management of tourism in the region is carried out by the tourism development committee of the regional administration. The region is one of the leading regions of domestic tourism in Russia. The greatest tourist demand is for memorial and historical, recreational, active, religious, ethnographic and event types of tourism. As well as for other regions of the Lower Volga region, the Volgograd region is characterized by autotourism, river cruises and fishing.

History of tourism development in the Volgograd region

In 1999, the Volgograd Regional Duma adopted the Volgograd Region Law of December 27, 1999 No. 358-OD "On the Development of Tourism in the Volgograd Region".

In 2013, by the decree of the Government of the Volgograd region dated April 23, 2013 No. 188-p, the regional target program "Development of domestic and inbound tourism in the Volgograd region for 2013 - 2017" was approved. Also this year, by order of the Ministry of Culture of the Volgograd region dated December 2, 2013 No. 01-20/388, the charter of the state budgetary institution of the Volgograd region "Tourism Development Agency" was approved

Since 2013, due to the fact that Volgograd was to host the matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the region has been invested in the restoration and construction of new collective accommodation facilities. As of 2017, 65 hotels with a total capacity of 5200 people, 16 sanatoriums with a total capacity of 2130 people, 217 tourist centers with a total capacity of 5500 people operated in the Volgograd Region. At the same time, the hospitality industry in Volgograd and the Volgograd region was underdeveloped. The average annual utilization rate of collective accommodation facilities was 60%, the level of service needed to be increased. As part of the preparation of the region for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, three hotels of international brands Hampton by Hilton, Park Inn by Radisson, and Hilton Garden Inn were built. Also outside the framework of this program, 21 new hotels were built in Volgograd and 35 complex accommodation facilities were reconstructed, which led to an increase in the number of rooms by 3,000 beds and amounted to the total capacity of collective accommodation facilities for more than 21,000 people.

In addition, as part of the preparation for the World Cup, a new stadium was specially built in Volgograd: "Volgograd Arena" with a capacity of 43,713 spectators during the championship. Over 160 thousand people visited the stadium for four matches held within the framework of the championship. After the end of the World Cup, the Volgograd Arena, in addition to holding football matches, also began to be used for cultural and sports events, holidays, exhibitions and concerts.

In 2014, the Volgograd region was visited by 796 thousand tourists.

In 2015, by the decree of the Volgograd Region Administration dated June 05, 2015 No. 295-p, the concept for the development of domestic and inbound tourism in the Volgograd Region for the period up to 2020 was approved.

When the church was given as a warehouse, it was burnt by lightning

Frolovsky microdistrict Grachi - far from the center. Here the steppe expanses begin, and it would seem that the land is not disposed to a riot of plants. However, on the territory of the Old Believers' church in the name of St. Nicholas, Bishop Mir of Lycia the Wonderworker, trees and shrubs surprise with lush foliage even in the first frosts. Rosehip is about the size of a quail's egg, and bright red strawberries, tacked by frost, lie in a small garden bed. Miracles are simply explained: the parishioners of the church are very hardworking people.

We are met by the rector of the church, Father John Gorshenin. Before being led into the new building of a spacious church, built, as they say, by the whole world two years ago, he opens the doors of a small hut. Once it served as a place for prayers, and parishioners often stood even on the street, since there was not enough space in the old church.

As the priest explains, local places on the Don land in the bed of the Archeda River have been inhabited since ancient times by the Orthodox of the old rite. The Hrachi farm itself and many other settlements of the region were founded by Old Believer Cossacks. According to the census carried out immediately after the revolution, the majority of the population here professed Old Orthodoxy, and in the vicinity of Rooks and in other farms there were more than 30 Old Believer churches, chapels and prayer rooms.

In 1907, a church dedicated to St. Nicholas was consecrated in the Grachi farm. But the years of revolution broke out, and then collectivization. In the 30s, the Grachevskaya church was closed. The chairman of the collective farm, according to the testimony of old-timers, was himself a believer and decided to fulfill the instructions of the party authorities in a sparing way - not to arrange dances with a pub in the holy place, but to equip a grain warehouse. They just poured wheat into the temple - thunder rumbled, lightning struck. After the fire, there was no harvest left, no church. The judgment of God? Father John does not utter these loud words. He says that lightning is a frequent occurrence in their places.

The Lord is our "sponsor"!

In 1946, when Stalin announced a religious thaw, the Old Believers began to build a new church, but again a wooden one. Father John showed it to us. And one of the parishioners, a dry and small elderly woman, noted: the ancestors also built the church, by the whole world. The times were hungry, post-war.

- They donated money to the church - eggs, milk, - says a retired children's doctor Nadezhda Serafimova. - Companions went to the market and sold these products, even though they themselves were hungry. And so they were able to buy materials for the prayer house.

However, the construction of the post-war period has now fallen into disrepair - the roof is leaking, the ceiling sags in places. Dampness could have ruined the ancient icons, and several years ago each of the parishioners began to make feasible donations for the construction of a white-stone church.

- If any of the guests sees the temple, he certainly asks a question about sponsors, - says Father John. - And I answer: the Lord is our "sponsor". He helped build the monastery. Some donors found out about us as if by accident. Others, local residents, have kept relics since pre-revolutionary times. One of the parishioners brought a small bell from home: when the first building of the temple burned down, her ancestors saved and preserved the shrine.

Father John opens the doors of the new church. On our own and with the involvement of professional church builders, walls were erected, domes were installed, interior decoration was completed, and an iconostasis was erected.

We enter the monastery - it's already warm here and a special, prayerful atmosphere. Icons of modern masters are side by side with the relics of saints, ancient crosses, Cossack marching icons. The parishioners of the church in Grachi contribute to the restoration of ancient shrines - the priest demonstrates an eight-pointed cross. It is the size of a human being and was cut down over 100 years ago. But the colors are bright enough. The hour will come, and the icon painters will take the relic for restoration - Fr. John often travels to Moscow, he is familiar with many famous masters.

Where to spend your vacation - thousands of families are now racking their brains over this question. Due to well-known events, many familiar routes have disappeared altogether or have become unattractive, but you really want to relax! But an unforgettable vacation can be spent with the whole family without leaving the region. Natural parks of the Volgograd region are getting ready to open. The most interesting options are in our review.

Natural Park "Donskoy"

Where is: Ilovlinsky district of the Volgograd region, floodplain and adjacent steppes of the Big Don bend.

What is unique? The natural park is located in places where the Don and Volga are as close as possible to each other. The places are unusually rich in natural, historical and cultural objects. The decoration of the park is the Don valley with flooded meadows, its width reaches 8 km. About 40 springs can be found on the slopes of picturesque steppe gullies. Here are the highest chalk hills in Europe, flood meadows, floodplain and upland forests, cultural objects of the Cossacks, the mysterious object "Sanctuary", the largest protected island on the Don.

The routes operating in the park (car, walking, water, horse) with a visit to deserted mysterious corners, modern farms with racehorses and ostriches allow you to plunge headlong into the present and past of these places.

The best time to visit is from April to October.

Address: Ilovlinsky district, Ilovlya town, st. Lesnaya, 8; phone: 8 (84467) 5-27-66.

Natural Park "Volgo-Akhtubinskaya Poima"

Where is located: in the southeast of the Volgograd region, between the Volga and Akhtuba, on an area of ​​over 150 thousand hectares.

What is unique? The special value of the floodplain is the richest floodplain meadows, islets of forest with tall trees (urems), oxbows and estuaries - wetlands that serve as a staging post for thousands of migratory birds from all over the continent.

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