Jurilovca (România)

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Jurilovca (Russian: Журиловка) is a village and commune in Tulcea county, Dobrudja, Romania. The commune includes the villages of Vişina and Sălcioara along with Jurilovca village.

It was founded by Lipovans at the beginning of the 19th century; the first documentary attestation is from 1826. Although at its beginnings it was a small village ( hamlet ), the settlement has grown and become, at the end of 19-th century, an important fishing center in Danube Delta area.

Nowadays it has the biggest community of fishermen in Romania, and it has the most modern fish processing factory in the country and Eastern Europe.

Jurilovca is also a touristic center. At about 15 km across the Goloviţa Lake is Gura Portiţei, a beach resort at Black Sea. You can reach there by little vessel and by boat. Another touristic attractions are Argamum Citadel and Doloşman Cape.

Entire area is a part of Danube Delta Biosphere Reservation.

The Lipovans are Russians by ethnicity and Old Believers Orthodox by confession. This confession is the result of Nikonian Reform. In 1652, Nikon, the Patriarch of Russian Orthodox Church, initiated a religious reform which had in view adaptation of Russian Church at the rest of the Orthodox Churches, in fact a formal reform.

The result was the division of Russian society in two: Nikonians, those who accepted the Reform, and Starovers (Old Believers), those who did not accept the Reform. The last ones, being chased, emigrated outside Russia, a part of them arriving on Romanian territory, north of Moldavia and Dobruja.

Source: Wikipedia

The little harbour from Jurilovca (from this harbour you can take a boat to Gura Portiţei)

The little harbour from Jurilovca (from this harbour you can take a boat to Gura Portiţei)

The church for Starovers (Old Believers)

The church for Starovers (Old Believers)

A panel with the map of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reservation

A panel with the map of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reservation

Some boats from the harbour...

Some boats from the harbour...

Our motor boat (in almost 30 min we were at Gura Portiţei)

Our motor boat (in almost 30 min we were at Gura Portiţei)

Other motor boat...

Other motor boat...

The exit route from the harbour through a small channel

The exit route from the harbour through a small channel

The gates from the church in Jurilovca

The gates from the church in Jurilovca

This is the new church where lipovans made their religious ceremonies (The old church is near and it's in reconstruction)

This is the new church where lipovans made their religious ceremonies (The old church is near and it's in reconstruction)

A small well (fountain) near the churches

A small well (fountain) near the churches

Other photo with the new church

Other photo with the new church

Communist blocks in Jurilovca

Communist blocks in Jurilovca

The police station from Jurilovca (the name is also written in russian)

The police station from Jurilovca (the name is also written in Russian)

The small Town Hall

The small Town Hall

In the center..

In the center..

Here you can see written "Town Hall" in Russian, after Romanian

Here you can see written "Town Hall" in Russian, after Romanian

An ugly panel with the routes and distances from the centre of Jurilovca

An ugly panel with the routes and distances from the centre of Jurilovca

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The Russian Community from Romania

The Romanian flag...

The Romanian flag...

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The Community of Russian Lipovans from Jurilovca

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