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

Balchik (Bulgaria)

Balchik (Bulgarian: Балчик; Turkish: Balçık; Greek: Κρουνοι, Krounoi, Διονυσοπολις, Dionysopolis; Romanian: Balcic) is a Black Sea coastal town and seaside resort in the Southern Dobruja area of northeastern Bulgaria. It is located in Dobrich Oblast and is 42 km northeast of Varna.

The town sprawls scenically along hilly terraces descending from the Dobruja plateau to the sea. The ancient Greek colony of Krounoi in Moesia (also known as Dionysopolis, after Dionysus), later a Greek-Byzantine fortress, stood on the site of an older Thracian settlement.

Under the Ottoman Empire, the town came to be known with its present name, which perhaps derived from a Gagauz word meaning „small town” (as opposed to the „large town” of Varna). Another opinion is that its actual name derived from Balik’s name.

After the liberation of Bulgaria, Balchik developed as centre of a rich agricultural region, wheat-exporting port, and district (okoliya) town, and later, as a major tourist destination with the beachfront resort of Albena to its south.

The ethnic composition gradually changed from mostly Gagauz and Tatar/Turkish to predominantly Bulgarian. However, the town retains a sizable Turkish minority, and a Ottoman mosque remains to serve the Muslim minority.

Between 1913-1916 and 1919-1940, Balchik was part of Romania.

During Romania’s administration, the Balchik Palace was the favourite summer residence of Queen Marie of Romania and her immediate family.

The town is the site of Marie’s Oriental villa, the place where her heart was kept, in accordance with her last wishes, until 1940 (when the Treaty of Craiova awarded the region back to Bulgaria).

It was then moved to Romania. Today, the Balchik Palace and the adjacent Balchik Botanical Garden are the town’s most popular landmarks. Currently, three 18-hole golf courses are being developed around town, two designed by Gary Player and one by Ian Woosnam.

Source: Wikipedia

The hill near Black Sea

The hill near Black Sea

Information centre

Information centre

The National Union Attack (Bulgarian: Национален съюз Атака, Natsionalen Sǎyuz Ataka). Bulgarian nationalist party

The National Union Attack (Bulgarian: Национален съюз Атака, Natsionalen Sǎyuz Ataka). Bulgarian nationalist party

"Swimming forbidden" SHARKS !!!  (joke) :P

"Swimming forbidden" SHARKS !!! (joke) 😛

Beautiful photo from pontoon over the hills

Beautiful photo from pontoon over the hills

Vegetation

Vegetation

Bulgarian flag

Bulgarian flag

Sea gull

Sea gull

A small panorama of the beach from the pontoon

A small panorama of the beach from the pontoon

Ships near to the pontoon

Ships near to the pontoon

A view of the pontoon

A view of the pontoon

Another view of the hills...

Another view of the hills...

The beach

The beach

Another photo with the beach

Another photo with the beach

Just Black Sea...

Just Black Sea...

Crapy algae

Crapy algae

A small tent with food and drinks

A small tent with food and drinks

A small mosque in the town

A small mosque in the town

A street near to the center

A street near to the center

A small street to the Germanos shop

A small street to the Germanos shop

Some communist blocks in the center

Some communist blocks in the center

A small shop

A small shop

Nice house on the hill

Nice house on the hill

Orthodox Church "Saint George"

Orthodox Church "Saint George"

At the complex

At the complex

Near to the center

Near to the center

On the hill

On the hill

Some gypsy houses

Some gypsy houses

The same old houses (mostly of them are renovated)

The same old houses (mostly of them are renovated)

A gypsy party (Čoček music style)

A gypsy party (Čoček music style)

Beautiful panorama over the hill

Beautiful panorama over the hill

A small street

A small street