Galich, Russia

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Galich (English)
Галич (Russian)
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View from Balchug hill in Galich.jpg
View of Galich
Map of Russia - Kostroma Oblast (2008-03).svg
Location of Kostroma Oblast in Russia
Galich is located in Kostroma Oblast
Location of Galich in Kostroma Oblast
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Coat of Arms of Galich (Kostroma oblast).png
Flag of Galich (Kostroma oblast).png
Coat of arms
Administrative status (as of April 2014)
Country Russia
Federal subject Kostroma Oblast[1]
Administratively subordinated to town of oblast significance of Galich[1]
Administrative center of Galichsky District,[1] town of oblast significance of Galich[1]
Municipal status (as of March 2014)
Urban okrug Galich Urban Okrug[2]
Administrative center of Galich Urban Okrug,[2] Galichsky Municipal District[2]
Area 16.5 km2 (6.4 sq mi)[citation needed]
Population (2010 Census) 17,346 inhabitants[3]
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Time zone MSK (UTC+03:00)[5]
First mentioned 1234[citation needed]
Town status since 1778[citation needed]
Postal code(s)[6] 157200
Dialing code(s) +7 49437[citation needed]
Official website
[[:commons:Category:{{#property:Commons category}}|Galich]] on Wikimedia Commons

Galich (Russian: Га́лич) is a town in Kostroma Oblast, Russia, situated on the southern bank of Lake Galichskoye. It is also a minor railroad node of the Trans-Siberian Railway. Population: 17,346 (2010 Census);[3] 19,151 (2002 Census);[7] 21,652 (1989 Census).[8]


The town was first chronicled in 1234 as Grad Mersky (i.e., the town of the Merya).[citation needed] It gradually developed into one of the greatest salt-mining centers of Eastern Europe, eclipsing the southern town of Halych, from which it takes its name. In the 13th century, the town was ruled by a younger brother of Alexander Nevsky and remained in his line until 1363, when the Muscovites seized the principality and ousted the ruling family to Novgorod.

The 15th and 16th centuries are justly considered the golden age of Galich. At that time the town controlled most of the Russian trade in salt and furs. Dmitry Shemyaka and other local princes pressed their claims to the Muscovite crown, and three of them actually took possession of the Kremlin in the course of the Great Feudal War.

The early medieval earthen ramparts were further fortified in the early 15th and 16th centuries and have since been known as Shemyaka Hills. The Poles burnt it to the ground in 1612, Peter the Great had a wooden kremlin demolished, and the town further declined with the transfer of Russian foreign trade from Arkhangelsk to St. Petersburg.

Administrative and municipal status

Within the framework of administrative divisions, Galich serves as the administrative center of Galichsky District,[1] even though it is not a part of it.[9] As an administrative division, it is incorporated separately as the town of oblast significance of Galich—an administrative unit with the status equal to that of the districts.[1] As a municipal division, the town of oblast significance of Galich is incorporated as Galich Urban Okrug.[2]


Galich-made Galichanin cranes can be encountered as far away as in Medeo, Kazakhstan

The Galich Mobile Crane Plant (Russian: ОАО "Галичский автокрановый завод") manufactures some 20% of Russia's entire mobile crane production.

City's industries also manufacture steel barrels, shoes, and clothing. There is a timber mill in town as well.


The churches of Paisiev Monastery date from the 16th and 17th centuries

Historic monuments of Galich include various buildings from the imperial period of Russian history. Particularly noteworthy is the Paisiev Monastery, founded in the early 14th century and featuring a 16th-century five-domed cathedral and a three-domed church from 1642.

Since 2004, Galich hosts the annual short film festival "Russia's Family" (Russian: Семья России, Semya Rossii), whose stated goals are "to aid spiritual and moral healing of Russian society and to promote traditional family values".


  • A 350-meter (1,150 ft) tall guyed mast for FM and TV broadcasting



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Law #112-4-ZKO
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Law #237-ZKO
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  5. Правительство Российской Федерации. Федеральный закон №107-ФЗ от 3 июня 2011 г. «Об исчислении времени», в ред. Федерального закона №248-ФЗ от 21 июля 2014 г. «О внесении изменений в Федеральный закон "Об исчислении времени"». Вступил в силу по истечении шестидесяти дней после дня официального опубликования (6 августа 2011 г.). Опубликован: "Российская газета", №120, 6 июня 2011 г. (Government of the Russian Federation. Federal Law #107-FZ of June 31, 2011 On Calculating Time, as amended by the Federal Law #248-FZ of July 21, 2014 On Amending Federal Law "On Calculating Time". Effective as of after sixty days following the day of the official publication.).
  6. Почта России. Информационно-вычислительный центр ОАСУ РПО. (Russian Post). Поиск объектов почтовой связи (Postal Objects Search) (Russian)
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  9. Resolution #133-a


  • Костромская областная Дума. Закон №112-4-ЗКО от 9 февраля 2007 г. «Об административно-территориальном устройстве Костромской области», в ред. Закона №567-5-ЗКО от 24 сентября 2014 г. «О внесении изменений в Закон Костромской области "Об административно-территориальном устройстве Костромской области"». Вступил в силу со дня официального опубликования. Опубликован: "СП — нормативные документы", №10(70), 28 февраля 2007 г. (Kostroma Oblast Duma. Law #112-4-ZKO of February 9, 2007 On the Administrative-Territorial Structure of Kostroma Oblast, as amended by the Law #567-5-ZKO of September 24, 2014 On Amending the Law of Kostroma Oblast "On the Administrative-Territorial Structure of Kostroma Oblast". Effective as of the official publication date.).
  • Администрация Костромской области. Постановление №133-а от 8 апреля 2014 г. «Об утверждении реестра населённых пунктов Костромской области». Вступил в силу 11 апреля 2014 г. Опубликован: "СП — нормативные документы", №15, 11 апреля 2014 г. (Administration of Kostroma Oblast. Resolution #133-a of April 8, 2014 On the Adoption of the Registry of the Inhabited Localities of Kostroma Oblast. Effective as of April 11, 2014.).
  • Костромская областная Дума. Закон №237-ЗКО от 30 декабря 2004 г. «Об установлении границ муниципальных образований в Костромской области и наделении их статусом», в ред. Закона №496-5-ЗКО от 28 февраля 2014 г. «О внесении изменений в Закон Костромской области "Об установлении границ муниципальных образований в Костромской области и наделении их статусом"». Вступил в силу по истечении 10 дней со дня официального опубликования. Опубликован: "Северная Правда" ("Документы: СпецВыпуск"), №8, 26 января 2005 г. (Kostroma Oblast Duma. Law #237-ZKO of December 30, 2004 On the Establishment of the Borders of the Municipal Formations and on Granting Them Statuses, as amended by the Law #496-5-ZKO of February 28, 2014 On Amending the Law of Kostroma Oblast "On the Establishment of the Borders of the Municipal Formations and on Granting Them Statuses". Effective as of after 10 days following the official publication date.).

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