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Yuryevets is a Russian city, the administrative centre of Yuryevets District of the Ivanovo area.

The city with the population of 11,3 thousand dwellers (as of 2009) is located on the right bank of Volga River (the Gorki water basin) and opposing the mouth of River Unzha, at the 159 km distance to the north-east from Ivanovo, and 58 km away from Kineshma railway station.

Yuryevets is the oldest city in the Ivanovo Region. It was founded in 1225 by the Prince George II of Vladimir and named Yuryev-Povolsky. In 1237 the settlement was destroyed by the army of Baty Khan.

Founded for protection of the Central and Northern Russia against attacks of nomads, it later turned into an important trading junction.

Yuryevets gained the status of a city in 1778. For the services it performed for its country, Catherine II bestowed a personal coat of arms on Yurevets: in spite of the fact that it was not a provincial centre, the heraldic board carries only the city symbol, without the provincial arms on it. The emblem of Yuryevets is a silver watchtower against blue background.

In 1954-57 the Gorki water basin has been filled. Unlike many other settlements, which were flooded by the Volga water basins, the centre of Yuryevets was protected with a dam. By a normal water level in the water basin, the old part of Yuryevets is one and a half metre below the water basin surface.


A cross in memory of the flooded Krivozersky Monastery was set up two kilometres away from Yuryevets.

The city has the Local Lore Museum, Museum of Architects Vesnins, who were born in Yuryevets.

There is also Andrei Tarkovsky Museum there; it is located in the house where Andrei Tarkovsky with mother and sister lived in evacuation from 1941 to 1943 during the Great Patriotic War.

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