Kremlin of SMOLENSK and Russian Rivers

Smolensk Cathedral

Smolensk Cathedral

The city Smolensk is located on the Dnieper River. This city which is well-known for textiles, electronics as well as diamonds faceting is just of 320,000 population. This name, Smolensk used to be from the name of Smolnya Rivulet. From the old Slavic, this word ‘smol’ is black soil, smola means tar, resin or pitch. Indeed this city was once a center for resin trade and also resin processing. Lots of pine trees also grow in this area.

Oldest Russian City

Being one of the oldest Russian cities, Smolensk was recorded to be founded only after the ancient Rus. It has been a popular place partly due to the local cathedral housing one of the most venerated Orthodox icons named St. Luke. It also has a key fortress that defends the route to Moscow. Several known people were from Smolensk, for example Mikhail Glinka who is a composer, Maria Leotyavna Itkina who is a runner and Aleksandr Tvardovsky who is a writer and the swimmer Natalia Ishchenko, to name a few.

The Dnieper River

Dniester River

Dniester River

This is better to be classified as the major rivers of Europe. In length, it is ranked the fourth. Dnieper flows from Russia through Ukraine, Belarus and then to the Black Sea. Being an important navigable waterway, it contributes lots to the economy of Ukraine thereby connecting it to the other waterways in Europe. Borysthenes was its name during the time of the Antiquity. Goths capital, Arheimar, was located on the Dnieper.

The Dniester

Or rather the iranic Sarmatian name ‘the close river’ and sometimes people know it as the river on the far side. Rapid, call it in any form even Danaster. It was historically and during the prehistoric Neolithic Era one of the most advanced civilization on Earth. One of its tributaries is the Stryi River and it starts fro the Carpathian mountains in westerm Ukraine. The rocks are arranged in three main layers, thus its unique form. In the upper tracts, the river flowers through hard dense rocks, then through softer shales and alluvial desposits. You get to see a medium sized river bed, pebbles and medium sized rounded rocks and rounded gravels and sand in the middle and lower tracts. Adventurous tourists will like this, it is a popular river for canoeing as the rapids in the upper tracts to the lower course gives it such a beauty along the way.

 

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