Over the course of the last hundred years, Volgograd has often been a prominent figure on the Russian and global stage. Many events have left their mark on the city in monuments, places and traditions. Over the last century the city has changed its name three times: at the beginning of the twentieth century it was called Tsaritsyn and it was a backwater place on the banks of the Volga River. Then it became Stalingrad - the fortress that played a pivotal role in World War II, and later was renamed Volgograd, having become in the process a sunny and hospitable city whose residents love fishing, football, boat rides and beaches.
Volgograd 2018 | UryupinskThe town of Uryupinsk is symbolic of the provincesThe town of Uryupinsk is symbolic of the provinces
The town of Uryupinsk is symbolic of the provinces. Tourists love the local prices: a night in a hotel is 700 rubles, while lunch in a café will set you back 350 rubles. In August, Uryupinsk hosts Fisherman Day, and in September or October it holds the Pokrovsky Fair, which has been bringing together local craftsmen for the last 200 years. The symbol of Uryupinsk is a locally bred goat with a particularly soft fleece. Shawls made from this fleece are believed to be the softest, warmest and most wearproof shawls there are. The shawls can be bought at the market which opens twice a week. The local population is made up of Don Cossacks who settled here in the seventeenth century. Their main business is goat breeding. Uryupinsk has a monument to the goat, a touching sculptural group called Seamstresses, and the Goat Museum.