Cultural tourism in
Russia > Kirov region
Sovetsk , the center of the Sovetsk are of the Kirov region, is located
in the south part of the region on the Pizhma River. The distance to Kirov
is 140 km. The population is about 18 thousand persons.
The town was known as a village of Kukarka before 1918. Sovetsk is included
into the list of Russia’s historical sites.
The village of Kukarka was founded in the 16th century at the site of a Mari
settlement. A lot of crafts and mechanical arts were developed here.
The village was famous for its lacemakers. The beginnings of this art date
back to the 18th century. The legend tells that in the times of Peter the
First, a former ship carpenter with his Dutch wife settled down in Kukarka.
His wife trained local women in lace-making. That hobby became very popular
late in the 19th century: about 2,000 lacemakers worked in the village. The
local zemstvo opened a lace-making school. Orders for the articles of lacework
were received from St. Petersburg, Vilna, and Warsaw. Late in the 19th century,
the articles of Vyatka lacemakers were awarded with golden medals at the fairs
in the USA and Belgium.
A vocational school No.28 located in Sovetsk trains lacemakers and hand-embroidery
and golden needlework craftswomen.
The most interesting natural monuments are located on the territory of the
Sovetsk area along the Nemda River. Thanks to them, the region is spoken of
as “Vyatka Switzerland.”
The Sovetsk area has resources for promotion of cultural, sports, health-improving
and recreation tourism.
The Sovetsk Local History Museum
6, Malkov Street, Sovetsk, the Kirov region, 613340
Tel: +7.8337. 2-24-97