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The Zhiguli Hills

Nowadays one cannot imagine Samara without the Volga and The Zhiguli Hills. They are in the middle course of the river and impress by the size and unique nature. Beautiful forests, boundless steppes, rich pastures, numeral lakes and fertile fields – all these natural resources are carefully used and protected. And it is not by chance that the national nature reserve Samarskaya Luka was established here. It is on the right bank of the Volga, on the territory of the Zhiguli Hills. About 1000 kinds of plants and more than 6000 species grow and live here. Among them are relic and rare for Russia.  Forest parks and springs with healing water are a small part of those things which a traveler can find here. These landscapes have often been used by many painters to create their works of art. Among them are such Russian painters as Aivazovsky, Shishkin, Surikov. Ilia Repin once lived in a small village in the Zhiguli, after that he created his famous painting “Barge haulers on the Volga”. Now there is a museum of Repin in that village. Due to such scenery the Zhiguli Hills are very inviting for tourists. Besides, new ski-mountain routes are being built. On the both banks of the Volga there are numerous tourist centers, where one can rest and enjoy the beauty of our nature.

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