Back to the past

Do you want to visit the end of the 18th century? Then you need to go to the village of Bystrukha in the East Kazakhstan region. There are preserved houses that were built by the first settlers. The houses, by the way, are still in good condition.

The village appeared in 1790. The peasants chose a suitable place. Near the village there is a forest, a river and even a small lake.

The first settlers were old believers of the "Polish" type. Under Peter the Great, they fled from persecution to Poland. Catherine forgave the dissenters and even granted them new lands.

Lenin street is the longest in Bystrukha. Most of the houses here are 100-200 years old.

The old believers did not pay much attention to external beauty. But even nowadays it looks beautiful.

How well built in those days, you can judge by the condition of the houses. After cosmetic repairs, it is quite possible to live here.

Some houses are only slightly askew and gave a draft, but they still in a good conditions as well as the just built houses.

You can admire the wooden architecture at any time. In takes about an hour 65 kilometers to get from Ust-Kamenogorsk to Bystrukha. You need to ask the very old street, and any resident will show you the pride of the village.

Author: Dmitry Krukovich
Photo: Yermek Imangazinov