There is one unique town in Russia’s Perm Krai (Region) in the western Urals with narrow streets and wide avenues, a square
There are several legends about the birth of this so-called Stone Town. One of them says that in ancient times a big, beautiful town stood in its place. All inhabitants adored it, except for the king’s daughter, who couldn’t see it since she was blind. An evil and insidious sorcerer promised the king to heal the princess. But the moment he did, he turned the whole town and its people into stones. The princess could finally enjoy the beautiful, but alas, stone town.
Stone Town is also known
In reality, the town was created by the river and wind, which
Stone Town has two “districts”: Big Town and Small Town, 150 meters apart. It takes hours to walk all the way around both of them. Stone Town is a real labyrinth and one can easily get lost there. Unfortunately, no town maps have ever been published.
Stone Town isn’t deserted. Among its inhabitants are “Big turtle,” “Small turtle,” “Rat,” and “Seal.” Such names were given by the locals to rocks shaped like these animals. Once a traveler enters the “gates,” he finds a local guard known as “Idol.”
Besides Stone Town
The “roofs” of Stone Town offer incredible views of the local Ural taiga. Tourists say the best seasons to visit “Devil’s Town” are autumn and
Paradoxically, Stone Town, once carved by water, is practically waterless nowadays. Two small sources near the town’s main “square” and in its most distant part can’t satisfy the needs of the numerous tourists who camp there — they should bring water with them.
To reach Stone Town, one should first take a bus from Perm to the town of Chusovoy, and then switch transport to the village of Usva, from where it is a 2 km walk.
Perm is the closest major city to Stone Town. It is both an industrial powerhouse and one of Russia’s major cultural centers. Read how to spend a perfect weekend there.
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