Gorodetz is situated in 69 km from Dzerzhinsk. It is one of the oldest Russian towns situated on the middle Volga. It was founded in the 12th century as a fortress for protecting borderlines of Vladimirskaya Russia from Volga bulgars.
As many other Russian cities, Gorodetz consisted of two parts: the Kremlin and the crtaft suburb. In February 1238 the town was burnt by Tatars. But it was quickly restored.
In 1408 Gorodetz was completely destroyed by the troop of Tatar khan Edygej. After that the town had a name of Empty Gorodetz for a very long time. Only at the end of the 16th century the village Gorodetz was settled again.
At the end of the 18th century Gorodetz was known as a centre of wooden shipbuilding, grain trade, baking spice-cakes and selling wooden hand-made goods. In those times the bazaar in Gorodetz could be compared with famous trade fairs in Nizhny Novgorod, Vladimir and Kostroma.
The second half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries were the best times for the town. Gorodetz became a rich merchant town. There were three Orthodox Churches and one Old Believers' chapel.
Nowadays Gorodets is a unique, vivid, memorable and fabulous town. You will be amazed by extremely clean streets, neat colourful houses, welcoming shops. It will give you a great pleasure to walk along the streets of the city because the weather is always fine here.
The historical part of the town is rather small and could be walked around for half an hour. The stone merchant and wooden houses of the 19th century are situated in the mountainous part of the town. This part of the town is called a museum quarter.