"A Town on the White River" Novoaydar by hunterV
Novoaydar Travel Guide: 18 reviews and 88 photos
Novoaydar is one of the towns I have often passed on the way to my hometown - the city of Rubizhne Luhansk region.
Novoaydar is the center of a county in Luhansk region.
I have always wanted to see the town of Novoaydar itself. The thing is the town is far from the main road, so I only passed the town so many times on my way to Rubizhne to see my parents. I did not see anything of the town except small private houses on the way.
On my way to my parents' home by bus I could not see the town center when the bus passed the turning to Lenin Street.
One day I made a business trip to the local school, which was a good chance to explore downtown.
During my day trip I had the chance to discover Novoaydar.
My aim was to visit the secondary school and to invite its students to study at our regional high school.
Also, I had some time to take a stroll about the town, visit its sites and take some pictures.
The town is located 58 km (36 miles) to the northwest of Luhansk and is about 4 km (2.5 miles) away from Luhansk-Starobelsk highway.
You can reach downtown if you turn right to Lenin Street that leads directly to the town center and to the River Aydar.
I enjoyed the town's quiet atmosphere and the views of the river from Nataly Leisure Center located at the beginning of Lenin Street.
I visited the school, that is called gymnasium and opens its doors to 750 school students. It was a business trip and my task was to encourage school students to come to Luhansk to study at our high school that prepares school students from Luhansk region to enter the medical university.
Also, I managed to visit the local lore museum, the market and the newly dedicated Nataly Leisure Center where I was kindly shown around and met the staff and the owner of the leisure center. The leisure center consists of a hotel with five rooms (a suite and four standard rooms), a restaurant, a summer terrace, a billiards room and two saunas. The leisure center was dedicated in 2005.
I have also visited the town's leisure center where the traditional concerts and meetings take place. Luckily, there was a poetry concert there. So I could sit and listen to some of the poems of the local amateur poets.
The river's name originated from the languages of nomadic tribes that used to make their raids into this land four or five centuries ago. The tribes spoke Turks languages. So the name "ay dar" means nothing less than "a white river".
Novoaydar was founded by Russian Don Cossacks in the second half of the 17th century.
The year 1687 is the town's official foundation date.
The area was also settled by the peasants who had fled from their masters in search of a better lot.
The river was used by the Russian Don Cossacks as a natural border to repulse the numerous raids of the nomadic tribes and the Crimean Tatars. There were several Cossack forts on the riverbanks in the 17th and 18th century. The land was also settled by the peasants who fled from their villages in Russia in search of a better lot and received the land for free there.
Therefore the ethnographic situation in the district is very special and diverse now. There are 38 administrative units in Novoaidar County and every single village represents this or that county of Russia and Ukraine from where the 17th century refugees and settlers came from. The village inhabitants differ not only in their dialects, but also in their folk costumes and customs. Perhaps no other county in the entire Luhansk region has such a diverse ethnographic situation as this one.
The employees of the county local lore museum advised me to travel to the village of Koliadivka located 25 km (15.5 miles) to the north of Novoaydar, if I am interested in history and folk lore. I explored that village afrterwards and saw that the folk museum in Kolyadivka is unique indeed and worth visiting.
It was a pleasure to meet the local people: the school students, the museum employees, the leisure center and the cafe employees. They were all pleased to know I was going to write an article about their hometown and said they would be glad to meet foreign travelers there.
The town and the county are well known for their rich black soil and hence rich agricultural production. They grow wheat, rye, sunflowers, barley, buckwheat, melons, cabbage, cucumbers, aubergines, potatoes here. In Soviet times there were lots of famous collective farms and collective farm workers.
Now every house in the town in Novoaydfar County has a garden and a vegetable garden where people grow vegetables and fruit.
Besides, the villages have allotted pieces of former collective farm fields where they grow potatoes, wheat, etc.
Here's town's web site.
- Pros:Hospitable people, a quiet atmosphere, a nice river, a good leisure complex to stay
- Cons:no taxis in the town
- In a nutshell:Hospitable Rural Center
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Written Feb 2, 2007
Museum of Local Lore
Written Jan 27, 2007
"Nataly" Leisure Center
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