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Ivangorod, town

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IVANGOROD, a town in Kingisepp District. Population: 11,200. Located at the western border of Leningrad Oblast. Established in1492, when a stone fortress named in honor of Ivan III, Grand Prince of Moscow and All Russia (see Ivangorod Fortress) was founded on the right-hand bank of the Narova River. In 1581-95 and 1612-1704 I. belonged to Sweden; in 1645 it was incorporated in Narva Town, center of a Swedish län (uyezd) at that time. From 1708, together with Narva, a part of St. Petersburg Gubernia. (in 1719-27, center of Narva Province), in 1727-80, in Revel Gubernia, from 1780, center of Narva Uyezd, and after its abolition in 1802, a part of Yamburg Uyezd, St. Petersburg Gubernia. In 1918-44, it belonged to Estonia (Estonian SSR from 1940.) In 1944, the areas placed at the east of the Narova River (so-called Estonian Ingermanlandia) were included in Leningrad Oblast. I. became a separate location, an industrial settlement of Kingisepp District, and from 1954, a district-subordinated town. Since 1992, it became a border town (state border with Estonia), an oblast-subordinated town, and it became the separate municipal entity in 1996–2005. An old trade route connecting Russia to Western Europe extended via I. The basis of the current layout of I. was laid by the first regular plan of the “Ivangorod Vorstadt” (1744), implemented in general by 1780. From the 17th century, the linen industry was developed in the town, using the energy of the falls on the Narova. Large enterprises appeared in the 19th century: Narva Cloth Factory (from 1845), Narva Flax Mill (from 1851). In 1857, the Krenholm Mill was started up on the left bank of the Narova . In 1870, the St. Petersburg – Tallinn railroad was built to extend across Narva/Ivangorod. The proximity to Hungenburg, a resort at the mouth of the Narova (Narva-Jöesuu, Ust-Narva) made I. a popular place of rest. In the late 19th and early 20th century, the town was visited by members of the imperial family several times. In 1890, a meeting of Alexander III and German Emperor Wilhelm II took place there. During WWII, I. was completely destroyed in fact. In 1955, the Narva Hydro Powerplant was commissioned. In the 1970s, machine-building and metalworking facilities were constructed in I. (KVOiT Boiler Equipment Factory; branch of Lenpoligrafmash Factory.) In 1980, the Ivangorod historic, architecture, and art museum was opened in I. Ivangorod Institute of Humanities and Technology, a branch of the Aerospace Instrumentation University, and a school of arts are located in I. “Prinarovye” Open Competition of Children’s Music Schools of Russia and Estonia, “SlIvKi” musical competition, open tournaments in rhythmic gymnastic, boxing, and table tennis (with participation of schoolchildren of Leningrad Oblast, St. Petersburg, and Estonia.) are among the annual events. In summer, during the “White Nights” festival, the Ivangorod Fortress hosts performances featuring actors of the Mariinsky Theater, and the “Song Without Borders “ oblast festival. The Town Day is celebrated in the late June. The “Ivan-Gorod” weekly newspaper has been published since 1996. In the Parusinka neighborhood, a complex of buildings of the 19th century factory architecture built by Baron A. L. Stieglitz has preserved. The buildings of the Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker (1557-59), the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul (1858, at the cemetery) have also preserved. The Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, and the Church of the Holy Trinity (on the “Parusinka”) are active.

Chistyakov, Anton Yuryevich

Alexander III, Emperor
Ivan III Vasilyevich, Grand Prince
Stiglitz, Aleksandr Ludwigovich, Baron
Wilhelm II, Emperor

Neighbouring Territories/Estonia
Historical Toponyms/Ingermanlandia, Estonian (Estonian Ingria)
Leningrad Oblast, the/Kingisepp District
Topographical landmarks/Krengolm Island
Topographical landmarks/Narova River, the
Neighbouring Territories/Narva City
Historical Toponyms/Narva Province
Historical Toponyms/Saint Petersburg Gubernia, the/Narva Uyezd
Historical Toponyms/Revel Gubernia (Province)
Historical Toponyms/Saint Petersburg Gubernia, the
Topographical landmarks/Ust-Narva
Historical Toponyms/Saint Petersburg Gubernia, the/Yamburg Uyezd

Арьев А.А. Ивангородская летопись. 1492-2001. СПб., 2001
Иванен А. Ивангородская Свято-Троицкая церковь барона А. Штиглица. СПб., 2004.
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Subject Index
"Ivan-gorod", a newspaper
Ivangorod Central Library, the
Ivangorod children art school
Ivangorod Fortress
Ivangorod History Architecture and Art Museum
Ivangorod Town coat of arms, the
Kramorskaya, a country estate
Musical competition "SLIVKI" ( Ivangorod Town)
Open competition of the children musical school of Russia and Estonia "Prinarovye" ("Land near the Narva River"), ( Ivangorod Town)
"Parusinka", a factory complex
"Song Without Borders", oblast festival
The Church of the Holy Trinity (Ivangorod Town)
The Church of the Dormition of the Mother of God (Ivangorod Town)
The Church of the Iberian Icon of the Mother of God (Ivangorod Town)