Tourist information about the lake Svetloyar

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Lake Svetloyar is one of the most mysterious lakes in Nizhny Novgorod region and in Russia as a whole. The lake has an almost perfect oval form 470 to 350 meters, the water is always clean and clear. Features a large depth of 33.4 meters. Considered a Holy place.

With the lake associated with many legends. One of them, where a small lake is called Russian Atlantis – it's something in the water of the lake submerged the legendary city of Kitezh. As stated in the legend of Kitezh-grad was built by great Prince Georgy Vsevolodovich after he had built a Small city of Kitezh (today Ekaterinburg). Moreover, the city was built without any fortifications, despite the danger of the invasion of Batu's troops. When the conquerors-the Tatars approached the walls of Kitezh-grad, residents prayed to God for salvation, and then the city completely submerged. But the city is not lost. According to the legend, and today he is whole, and from the depths of the lake you can sometimes hear the sound of bells, and in the clear waters of the Svetloyar and the fog you can see his image.


But even if you don't believe in a beautiful legend, mysteries abound at the lake. Until now, scientists have not come to a consensus about its origins, but today the predominant version of its origin space, i.e. it is believed that it was formed because of the fallen here about three thousand ago smoldering meteorite. There are also versions of the hypothesis about the glacial, karst, starichna, volcanic, neotectonic and salt dome origin. It is also not clear why the water in the lake is always pure and fresh, never overgrown with slime. Water from Svetloyar may many years be kept in the vessel without losing the purity, clarity and taste.

Today the lake is a Holy place and a natural monument of Federal significance. The area around is environmental: it's impossible to put up tents, cut trees, make fires, litter, fish. To swim in the lake, although historically it here it was impossible to do, can only be washed clean by its waters.

Visit the lake, usually for one full day, but if you want to stay here longer or just sleep, you can stay in a hotel in Svyatogor (from 1200 rubles for a double room), in the private sector, or in a tent camp (tent camp on the map). Other tourism infrastructure and entertainment here. The locals on the street near the lake offer homemade food for visitors, as well as placement.


Also near the lake is a temple-a chapel of our lady of Kazan (the temple on the map), and a stone with a trace of the Theotokos (similar to the children's trail). Two kilometers from the lake is also a Holy spring key CYBELEC and grave of the three saints – the fallen defenders of the city (the key on the map).

We also recommend you to combine a visit to the lake with a visit to two museums in the village of Vladimir:

  • History and art Museum "Kitezh" tells the history of the village, the lake, there is an exhibition of ceramics. Open daily 10:00 to 16:00. Here you can book a tour to the lake (tel.+7 920 051 70 64). Located on the outskirts of the village in the old school building, St. Proletarskaya street, 37 (the Museum on the map).
  • Museum-tourist complex "Grad Kitezh" exhibits works of artists and photographers dedicated to nature in Central Russia. Located in the center of the village, Sovetskaya St., 51, (Museum map).
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If you drive further from the village of Vladimir in the direction of the village Voskresenskoe, you can visit the Museum of Epochs (Museum map). There are exhibitions on the history of the Vetluga region, including the existence of mythical creatures, allegedly once lived in these parts - "venugopala". The main exhibit presents an exhibition of paintings by local artists. Nearby are the remains of an ancient settlement Rustichello, observation deck, and ethno-ecological path on which at desire it is possible to pass. The Museum is open: Tuesday-Friday from 11 to 17 hours (lunch 13-14 hrs.), Sunday from 14 to 16 hours. Saturday and Monday are days off. Phone: 8-908-7213166, 8-904-9097875.

🕐 Time of work: round the clock, visit the best day in the summer

💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: free

🚶 How to get there: the lake Svetloyar is located 130 kilometers North of Nizhny Novgorod near the village of Vladimir (the Svetloyar lake on the map region). It's best to visit the lake by private transport or a bus tour of Nizhny Novgorod. Guided tours are available at travel agencies on the street are from 1200 rubles per person.

Independently you can get here by bus from Kanavinskaya bus station, which is located near railway station and metro station "Moskovskaya". With this bus three times a day bus goes in the direction of Voskresenskoye, in the way a little over 2 hours. You need to go to the village of Vladimir (not to get to the end before the resurrection), and then through the village, a walk of about two kilometers. Also on the train to reach the village of Semenov and there take a bus to Vladimir. For personal transport 300 metres from the lake Parking area.

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BorisVoronin 9 June, 2017
In this city I haven't been once - only read interesting information on the Internet and in Newspapers. And my girl was in Nizhny Novgorod when she was 15 years old, during a tour of the school. Don't know, here's something interesting in this city. I think at the end of July to take a tour to Nizhny Novgorod and to go there with a girl, she showed me this place: ...
35eg35 Jun 10, 2017
Nizhny Novgorod
... today is very diverse. Of course, old town attracts tourists. Finally, the Conception of the restored tower of the Kremlin.
A kind of unfinished since Soviet times. Today, this place looks attractive, very presentable :D .
The Kremlin remains the main attraction of the city and not only because he is handsome. In my opinion it is much prettier Kazan (be not offended at me the Tartars, nothing personal)
First drew attention to the location of the building. The banks of the Volga made him a symbol of the city and a favorite place of Nizhny Novgorod. I can not believe that the Soviet government had intended to demolish it.
The Kremlin
The Kremlin is beautiful in any season and at any time of the day.
With the Kremlin slopes with beautiful views of the city and its attractions.
View of the Volga river from Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin
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Walker 13 October, 2017
Lower a very different city in terms of architecture. Here, white-haired old man still not everywhere broken, and Stalin's houses enough, well, forty to sixty without comment, but a young architecture from the local "nuggets" are very curious sometimes. In the Lower architectural University and one of the most famous of its alumni.
The city had seven or eight times and not only on the notorious Pokrovka. There is something to see. ...
nausla 29 May, 2018
Added to bookmark. ...
Viktor1305 9 July, 2018
How to get there: the lake Svetloyar is located 130 kilometers South of Nizhny Novgorod near the village of Vladimir (lake Svetloyar on the map region). How long have you looked at a map? ...
guest from NN 15 August, 2018
The information is outdated. The fare is 28P, lots of public transport routes canceled, the reform is in full swing - soon we will travel only by taxi - FROM will remain. ...
admin 15 August, 2018

For all will not follow, thank you that corrected, I corrected the information in the article. ...
Vyacheslav IIR May 16, 2019
There are more museums in Nizhny Novgorod and in the region. Wonderful museums in the cities of Bor, Dzerzhinsk, Arzamas, ... Not all museums can be accessed at any time. Many accept only AT CERTAIN times by ORGANIZED GROUPS UPON PRIOR REQUEST. ...
admin May 16, 2019

Yes, we have other cities in the region is also written. But too bad that it is impossible to get into such museums, this limits independent travelers. ...
SUMMER18 5 January, 2020
Lived in Lower three months... can't tohno to say what feelings I have left of this city . Yes , no doubt there is just a lovely place , but such as I relocate this city has not considered.Heavy city like me .Very overcast . But the view is that ...for Example in Nizhny Novgorod ,so many beautiful and old temples (churches) . ...