VORONEZH CITIZENS ARE INVITED TO LISTEN TO «URBAN LEGENDS»
BY ARINA RAZMUSTOVA | 12 OCTOBER 2020
Residents of Voronezh and guests of the city will finally be able to walk along with the audio guide «City Legends» from MTS phone company. It includes 12 stories told by local residents and selected by popular vote.
— “Urban Legends” of Voronezh is a unique project created by the citizens of Voronezh themselves. Each of over a hundred stories was interesting and instructive. Some of the legends were repeated, and they were combined, some were not historical, some turned to mysticism. Most of all I liked the «poetic legends» about the visits to our city and the performances of Sergei Yesenin and Vladimir Vysotsky. In general, Voronezh is a city of poetry and poets. In the rating of the popular vote, the poetic theme took first place. And the leaders among those stories sent to the project were the stories and legends associated with the construction of the fleet in the times of Peter the Great, ”says one of the project experts, local historian Nikolai Sapelkin.
The «Voice» of the «Voronezh Legends» was the laureate of the «Golden Mask» award Kamil Tukaev.
— I often use travel audio guides. They helped me more than once. Maybe the Voronezh version will be useful to the guests of our city, — the actor believes.
In total, more than 100 different stories from Voronezh residents were sent to create the audio guide, carefully checked and selected by experts.
The most unusual legends are those that were passed from mouth to mouth, not recorded anywhere, since they are not very reliable, for example, about the fact that under the Voronezh River an underground passage was dug from the right bank to the left. Of course, they are not supported by any real fact. Another interesting story is that Voronezh is the capital of warlocks. Of course, this can only be viewed with a smile. This is more mysticism or fantasy, but people still come up with some facts, even when it comes to poltergeist. I have never touched on this topic and try to tell stories that are no less interesting, but closer to life. People still like everything unusual, such as the ghost of the Oldengburg castle or the curse of the sorcerer. This is all mysticism, on which local historians do not focus much attention. An ordinary city dweller, or as he was earlier called, “philistine”, this word has no negative meaning, that is, a person living in the real world is not so deeply immersed in the theme of Voronezh legends. Basically, they sent well-known, fundamental information about the city, and therefore many interesting objects «dropped out», for example, the Bristol hotel, the pearl of Revolution Avenue, so many interesting personalities and stories are associated with it, it is even mentioned in A. Tolstoy’s trilogy «Walking in agony, ”says Elena Ustinova, a guide, ethnographer and one of the experts.
The starting point of the route was Petrovsky Square, not far from the monument to Emperor Peter I you can find a plate with information about the project and a QR code.