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The Flooded Bell Tower of Kalyazin

Kalyazin is a small town with a population of about 13 thousand people located in the Tver region, on the right bank of the Volga River (Uglich Reservoir), 200 km from Moscow and 160 km from Tver.

In 1939-1940, part of the territory of the old town, including all the main historical and architectural monuments, was flooded during the construction of the Uglich hydroelectric power station.

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However, one architectural monument miraculously survived. It was the bell tower of St. Nicholas Cathedral built in 1800. The height of the bell tower, used as a lighthouse, is 74.5 meters.

Over time, this bell tower surrounded on all sides by water has become one of the symbols of Kalyazin. The Flooded Bell Tower of Kalyazin on Google Maps. Photos by: Andrei Kireev.

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Kalyazin before flooding. The artist Gennady Sotskov.

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