There are many interesting places in Perm region which are wotrh a visit, and one of them is the ‘Stone city’ nature preserve, which has appeared in tourist guides quite recently – about 10 years ago.
This place received the status of a landscape monument only in 2008. Tourists gifted the name “Stone city” to the sight. Old-resudents call this landscape monument Turtles. Besides, this place had another name earlier “Devil’s Fort”.
The object consists of huge stones, which are placed in such way that one gets the impression of a real city with small streets, squares and arches. Moreover, the length of the largest ‘streets’ is 80 meters. In fact, there are two cities here – large and small, which is located about 200 meters to the East.
Almost unnoticeable footpath leads to it, and it’s quite difficult to find. This small town consists of only four rocks, which, however, are also of interest.
The sight is located on the Rudyansky Spoy ridge, at an altitude of 526 meters. That’s why a magnificent view of the taiga from above is laid out before tourists. In scientists’ opinion, there was a river here a million years ago. It carved out the Stone city with its flow. Now there is absolutely no water in this place. So, tourists are recommended to take drinks with themselves from home, in order not to suffer from thirst.
This place also has a beautiful legend about its origin, according to which there was a real beautiful city, governed by the king long time ago. The king had a daughter who was blind. Once upon a time the wicked magician suggested the governor to cure the princess, and he agreed. However, as soon as the king’s daughter saw the light, the city turned into stone with the houses and citizens.
Most visitors come here in late August and early September. The Stone city is especially beautiful at this time. However, people come here even in winter. The landscape monument is perfect for rock climbing, and competitions in this sport are held here every year. In summer drama festival, which is called “Secrets of Krestova’s mount” is held here.