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Just like yourself, I had no idea what Plyos was, or why someone would go there. It is almost in the middle of nowhere in Russia, and has a very small population of about 2300 (according to wikipedia).

What you get to see in Plyos, is a beautifully scenic town by the river… old-Russian style.

Where is Plyos, Russia?

Plyos, Russia – A Provincial Town For Art & Relaxation

I won't go into too much detail about this town, because there is not much in Wikipedia to learn about it.

About 120 years ago, a Russian painter from Moscow, Isaac Levitan, came across the hills of this town, and decided to start painting it all.

Isaac Levitan (1860-1900), famous Russian painter who made Plyos popular

Upon displaying and selling his paintings back in Moscow, Isaac Levitan became incredibly famous, and the town of Plyos became a ‘Dacha' or Cottage resort town.

The view of Plyos from one side of the hill

A view of the Dachas (Cottages) in Plyos)

The Church at the top of the hill in Plyos, Russia

The Volga river next to Plyos, Russia

A view of the houses across the river in Plyos, Russia

Another view of the houses across the river in Plyos, Russia

A view of a small lake, in Plyos, Russia

 

Religion in Russia

Russia has its own version of Christianity, derived from the Byzantine era. It's called ‘Russian Orthodox' because it adhears to a more traditionalist version of Christianity.

Plyos, most definitely, does not have a lack of churches, despite it's location deep in the province of Russia.

A typical Russian Orthodox Church – The Holy Trinity Church

A typical Russian Orthodox Church – the holy trinity church

Voskresenskaya Tserkov' (Sunday Church) from the town square

Tserkov' Mikhaila Arkhangela Iz Antonovo V Plese (Michael Arkangel from Antonovo in Plyos, Church)

Voskresenskaya Tserkov' (Sunday Church) golden towers

Inside one of the many churches in Plyos

The Hill of Levitan

This is where Isaac Levitan painted most of his famous paintings. It's quite an unreal vista of old wooden monuments to long-dead priests, and a view of both the Volga river, and the township surrounding the entire area.

Path up to the hill of Levitan

Path up to the hill of Levitan

Path up to the hill of Levitan

Path up to the hill of Levitan

A view from the Hill of Levitan

The graves of priests from long ago in Plyos

Tserkov' Voskreseniya Khristova (Sunday Church of Christ)

Graves of priests long ago

Graves of Priests long ago

Tserkov' Voskreseniya Khristova (Sunday Church of Christ)

Inside the Tserkov' Voskreseniya Khristova (Sunday Church of Christ)

Tserkov' Voskreseniya Khristova (Sunday Church of Christ)

Tserkov' Voskreseniya Khristova (Sunday Church of Christ)

Tserkov' Voskreseniya Khristova (Sunday Church of Christ)

Graves from the hill of Levitan, overlooking the town below

Graves on the hills of Levitan

Bonus Cute Animals in Plyos

Upon arriving at the bus station in Plyos, a few furry creatures were walking around, without any hesitation to interacting with humans.

Down dog yoga position

Cat planning something evil in Plyos

Looking for his next biscuit in Plyos

Saying Hello

Furry multicoloured creature in Plyos

Furry multi-coloured creature in plyos

 

Verdict about Plyos, Russia

There is a lot of walking up and down hills here in Plyos. It can definitely be a relaxing destination, although anywhere that has tourists can't be particularly relaxing, in my opinion.

The town itself is scenic, and unlike anywhere that I've seen before. If you are pursuing a passion of painting, then this might be a place that brings inspiration.

Otherwise, just 3-4 hours here will provide enough entertainment, before you take the bus back to your main location, or your next destination in Russia.

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