Did you know that in Bulgaria as well as in the Tula region, there is the village of Yasnaya Polyana? It is located 40 kilometers from Burgas, surrounded by ancient forests of Strandja.
If you turn from the highway Burgas-Sozopol and go on the road, surrounded on both sides of the spreading trees, twenty minutes away you can see the picturesque cluster of houses with tiled roofs, drowning in greenery, with many nests on the tops of electric poles. This is Yasnaya Polyana.
If you come here in the summer, all the sockets are populated by families of white storks.
Coming out of the car, breathing the local air and casting a glance delightfully green, bluish haze veiled the surrounding hills, you are likely to want to stay here even for a few hours.
Yasnaya Polyana lies on the banks of the river named Dyavolska. Notoriety and ominous name of this small and seemingly harmless little river owes its swampy, overgrown with forests of dense shores. Despite the dissonant name of the river, there is a real paradise for fishing enthusiasts. Moreover, the near Yasnaya Polyana is the reservoir of the same name and flows another river - Ropotamo.
These paintings grace the place people settled many centuries ago. In the area there are ancient ruins and cemeteries.
The tax registers Alan Caireac settlement on the site of the present Yasnaya Polyana is registered with the XV century, and throughout the period of Ottoman rule lived here only Bulgarian population.
After the Liberation and the subsequent humiliating Treaty of Berlin here Bulgarians migrated en masse from the territory remaining under Turkish rule. In the early twentieth century, the population present Yasnaya Polyana was actively involved in the preparation of the Transfiguration uprising, by making a contribution to the heroic struggle of the Bulgarian people for freedom and independence.
In 1906, at the invitation of the measure formed Stamo Grudova the village came a group of Bulgarian intellectuals - artists, poets, teachers, journalists, and was founded Tolstoyan commune.
Commune lasted until 1908, but the whole subsequent history of the village was illuminated by these two short years. Many years later, after the collapse of the commune, in 1934 Alan Caireac was renamed Yasnaya Polyana.
Unusual here in everything - in a special article, locals, and is not typical for Bulgarian villages guise of some houses, and in the noble charm of the surrounding nature.
I must say that the idea of Bulgaria Tolstoyism was very widespread, and the last Tolstoy Collon lasted until 1958. Alan Caireac vain is a great writer, according to some reports, wanted to see the end of his life.
Today in Yasnaya Polyana is a museum. Part of his exhibition, of course, devoted to Tolstoy commune.
Another part is related to another remarkable feature of Yasnaya Polyana. In addition to its unusual history of the village famous for its wood carving, as eloquently wooden sculptures that adorn the central square. The Yasnaya Polyana in 1984, held a symposium on wood carving, which eventually turned into an annual festival of sculpture and the visual arts.
Yasnaya Polyana today - is the center of agricultural and ecological tourism. The area is full of historical and natural attractions. Tourist routes lead you on the reservoir "Yasnaya Polyana" on protected areas at the mouth of the Ropotamo River, Arkutino marshland in a unique flora, a pristine beach, to the healing springs and holy places.
This journey will forever remain in the memory and heart.
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