Wandering Camera

Album 308
(Translated b
y Olga Smirnova)


Having passed another 20 kilometers, let's wander around the old region of Ivangorod which is called "Parusinka", same briefly as we walked around Kingisepp.
Hoping that persons present are not too inclined to depressive state of mind…


Jute Factory premises belonging to baron Shtiglitz. Nowadays there is still a plant.
The former canteen for the factory workers.
Ivangorod was founded in 1942 - the year when cognominal fortress was built (the theme of the next album).

In 1613 Ivangorod fortress was invaded by the Swedish and was returned only in 1704.

In 1744 appeared the first plan of the city itself, which was implemented by 1780. Almost the same city structure remained up to 1950.

In 1918 the Germans invaded the city.

In 1919 Ivangorod was invaded by the White (by "our people" as the guide said : ) and after their defeat at Yamburg in 1920, the town was passed over to Estonia under the treaty of peace (USSR didn't exist by then). The Estonians named the town Yanalin.

In 1940, when Estonia joined the USSR, Ivangorod became a Soviet town.
In 1941 German invaded it.

In 1944 it was freed and the border with Estonian SSR was fixed along Narova river and Ivangorod became a part of Leningradskaya district.

Up to 1954 Ivangorod was regarded as a settlement.

After the collapse of the USSR Ivangorod became a borderline town - just across the little river Estonian city Narva is located.

In Soviet times Narva and Ivangorod had the combined infrastructure - electricity, heat supply. Narva is bigger and a lot of Ivangorod residents worked at the Narva enterprises. Therefore, the appearance of the border primarily hit Ivangorod.

Besides, due to the fact that the town is a borderline one, tourism is not thriving since the permission is required to enter the city.

Though, boarder guards are also people. For instance, they like to smoke cigarettes. A pack of cigarettes. This is what dishonest citizens take advantage of… :)


Around 12 thousand people inhabit Ivangrod.
Those are Narva rapids. Here used to be a decent waterfall of 6-10 meters high.

But after the hydroelectric power station had been built here, the waterfall grew shallow. (Upon the power station processing water is thrown not to the river, but to the special channel)

On the other bank must be Narva (Estonia).
According to one of the versions, the name "Narva" is derived from western-finish "narvaine" - "water rapid, waterfall".
Narva hydroelectric power station (not far) was built in 1955 to secure the constructions of Leningrad underground railway. At the same time the surrounding channel was dug and the dam was built.

Hydroelectric power station is situated on the Russian bank.

Troitskaya church. Architect A.I. Krakau, 1875.

It is considered that the church started to ruin because of the power station construction. (the water level in the river has heighten)

The church has a romantic cellar in which Shtiglitz family vault is located. The lock got frozen and we had to open it with the help of matches and other things at hand. There is no light in the cellar. Pure romance :)

That's how it is. The season and the weather influenced greatly the spirits of these shots.

In the next album we will pass on to the major attraction of Ivangorod - the fortress. We will also touch Narva, since it is in the clear visibility from there.




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