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Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Name: Pavel Byrkin
Profession: Photo editor
City: Mtsensk, Orlov oblast
How long have you been doing photography? What style or genre most interests you? I have been doing photography since 2010. I love to shoot when I travel, outdoors. Recently I have been doing lots of portrait work.
Can you give us a short description of your city? Where is it located? What is it famous for? Mtsensk is a small city with a population of 40,000, located 300 kilometers south of Moscow. The city is best known as the location for Nikolai Leskov's story "Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk Region."
What is something about your city that only locals would know? One of the city's regions is named BAM, since it was built at the same time as the famous railway.
Which places or sites are a must for someone to see if they visit your city? Ten kilometers from the city is the estate of Ivan Turgenev, Spasskoye-Lutovinovo. You must also climb to the top of Samorod Mountain and view the city from this high point.
Anything else? My website is here.
The only hotel in town. Sometime, there was next to another hotel, a bigger size. But about three years ago in this building made a furniture store.Pavel Byrkin
The first mention of the town in the annals refers to 1146. We can see it is just one year older than Moscow. Its name comes from the name of a small river Mtsna. At its confluence with the deep river Zusha was the town castle.Pavel Byrkin
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