Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Vetka is a unique town

Part of photos was taken from http://vetka.ucoz.ru

Vetka - a small town in the south-east of Belarus on the river Sozh.
It was founded in 1685. Here come the family of Orthodox people who did not support the church reform in Russia. The rich owner of the village Halch give refugees lands on the other side of the river Sozh. And there was a Vetka town.

Before the disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant town is booming. New residents come to Vetka, new houses were built here. Immediately after the accident, nothing has changed. In official documents, town was listed uncontaminated by radiation. Only 5 years later it became known that Vetka district is the most affected areas in Belarus. Over the next year, the population of Vetka halved. People went out of town and wanted to go as far as possible from the radiation.
Now the population of Vetka is slightly less than 8000 people.There is a weaving factory, which does not work well. Many people goes to work in Gomel (it's very easy because the Gomel and Vetka divides only 15 kilometers).

Many things remind of the past life of the city. The main square in Vetka called Red Square (as in Moscow).
The buildings around the square were built in the 70-80 years of the 20th century. 
Most of the buildings in the town of one-story. But there is a five-story skyscrapers.

The two schools are located in the town. I often visit them at seminars and meetings for teachers.

Life in the city is flowing slowly and calmly. People are used to that area of ​​the city is contaminated by radiation. They do not pay attention to it. So do I.

There is one point of interest in Vetka that is visited by tourists from different countries. It is the museum of the country folk. It is located in a 19th century building. 

Massive wooden gate is near the museum. The building entrance is on the left.
Museum exhibition is famous not only in Belarus. Here you can see the unique wooden icons and kiots. I was shocked to the core when I saw them. Kiots carved out of wood and the top is covered with gold. At first I thought it was all made of metal (so finely carved kiots). I was amazed when the tour guide said it was not metal, and wood. Only in Vetka carving
masters could do this  miracle.

The museum has a rich collection of towels Negliubka. They are impressive wealth of colors and craftsmanship craftswomen.

I already showed pictures towels before, but re-post them here.

In general, the Vetka is a unique city, which differs from all over the country for its culture, traditions and customs.

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