The civic center, as it were, is between Mir Street and Central Street.It includes several government offices, among them the old school, the village leisure center and the war memorial.The old school is worth visiting. Its building dates back to 1914. It is still a school - an elementary school with forty students.The village leisure center is...more
It was great to visit the local church some parts of which are still under construction.The building itself is ready, but there is still a lot of work in the church courtyard. The cathedral's foundaton stone was laid on June 3, 1994. The construction was going on for more than ten years.The new cathedral was consecrated on May 24, 2006.The...more
It was especially pleasant to walk about the cathedral after the liturgy and the pilgrims' lunch were over.The walls are adorned with a lot of icons and murals pedicting Bible scenes and showing the portraiots of prophets and saints.The inscriptions are all in Old Slavonic that is not always easy to understand as there are a lot of contractions in...more
During the Feast Day I was surprised to meet a fool-for-Christ for the first time in my life.I even talked to him asking him for his blessing.A lot of pilgrims upon seeing him approachined him, brought him gifts and asked him for his blessing.Anatoly the fool-for-Christ is a frequent visitor of such festivities.He does not stand in the cathedral...more
There are no restaurants or cafes in this village.
My friend and I were privileged to have lunch together with Father Sergiy, the church dean.
He invited us to the church kitchen where our lunch was served.
He prayed at the beginning of the meal and blessed it.
Everything was according to church laws.
Father Sergiy was eating and kept listening to Gregory's stories about Elder Philip and St.Matrona of Moscow - the saints he reveres most of all.
During our pilgrimage on the Feast Day of Vladimir-root icon of the Most Holy Mother of God in June 2011, 2012 and 2013 we had meals along with other pilgrims in the church courtyard.
All the young people who live in this village tend to buy drinks and snacks and to consume them sitting at the tables located behind the store on the territory of the village civic center, next to the village club building.
Favorite Dish: Village soup, chicken village style;
Everything was delicious!
Thanks a lot!
There is practically no nightlife in thus khutor as we are used to in the city.
The villagers can attend a party at the local leisure center located opposite the old school.
However, they tend to stay at home or visit each other, watch TV and have a drink or two.
I always had my flashlight with me when visiting such villages.
The roads are familiar only to the locals...
Dress Code: casual
You can see horse-drawn carts in Mozhayevka - the traditional Russian village transportation.I have seen such carts during every stay in this village.They are usually used for cargoes, for example, I saw them deliver materials for decoration of the church in such carts.I couldn't help approaching the hard-working horses and asked the owner for...more
We arrived to Mozhayevka via Gerassimovka - a Ukrainian border village located across the river.The bus fare is less than $2 and the travel time is about an hour and a half.There are only two big streets in Mozhayevka - Central Street and Mir Street. They run parallel to the border (the border runs along the middle of the Derkul here).The roads are...more
To the best of my knowledge, there are four stores in Mozhayevka.There is one next to Natasha store in Central Street and a households goods store located opposite the leisure center.We passed a small kiosk in Mir Street several times on the way to our lodging. The Mir Street kiosk was closed. It is closed on Fridays and Saturdays and is open from...more
This store in Central Street may look a bit old from outside, but inside it looks OK and has everything you might need.Our driver Sasha bought some tea for his family here.Since I had no spare roubles, I did not do any shopping. Perhaps next time. But I could merely compare the prices by dividing all Russian price tags by four to get a UAH price. I...more
The Divine Liturgy of Vladimir-root icon of the Most Holy Mother of God begins at 8 a.m. on June 3, the Feast Day of this icon, and lasts for about four hours.The Divine Liturgy is then followed by Procession of the Cross.On June 2 there is an evening liturgy that starts at 4 p.m. and lasts until 8 p.m. and is then followed by dinner. All pilgrims...more
There is a strict order of Crucession to which active parishioners are used.First comes the lantern. It is carried by an honorable parish member. Then comes the cross, flanked by processional banners and icons. The Choir and Clergy will come next, followed by the faithful. The altar servers carry the incense and big candles.The Crucession circles...more
As we got off the bus, we went to the Ukrainian Frontier Guards post and the crossed the old metal bridge across the Derkul.The Russian border post is on the opposite bank.It is strictly forbidden to take any pictures in the border area.After you we had our passports registered at the Russian border post, we went to the Cross to wait for our bus.We...more
The village roads are not necessarily all asphalted.You can only see some parts of asphalted road in several streets of Mozhayevka.The majority of roads are earth roads. They are terrible even for walking, to say nothing of driving: very bumpy and full of pot-holes. You feel as though you are lame when you walk along Mir Street, for example.You...more
Walking along Mir Street we couldn't help stopping at this man-made wonder: White Swans sculpture made of used tyres.
Local people's fantasy is rich indeed!
This is the landlord decided to identify his house at 46 Mir Street.
Mozhayevka is a village (khutor in Russian) in Tarassovsky County of Rostov region, Russia.Mozhayevka is a part of Voykovo rural settlement that includes seven villages all in all:Mozhayevka, Voykovo, Derkul, Yelan, Manotsky, Prognoy, and Ushakovka.The contact opportunity is the post office in Central Street: +7 863 86 3 44 45The mailing area code...more
The khutor of Mozhayevka is a part of Voykovo rural settlement that consists of seven units, among them the khutor of Yelan that was the goal of our pilgrimage three times.There are sixteen streets in Mozhayevka:Riverbank Street Western StreetZarechnaya Street (“Beyond-the-River Street”)Steep StreetForest StreetMeadow StreetPeace StreetYouth...more
Nickolay Mozhayev was born in the village of Mozhayevka on May 22, 1928.He is from a Russian Cossacks family.He lives and works in Luhansk now. Nickolay Mozhayev is a well-known sculptor and a Merited Artist of Ukraine.He created a lot of sculptures devoted to the life of the Russian Don Cossacks, heroes of Mikhail Sholokhov’s novel “Quietly Flows...more