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According to the Forbes magazine, Tot’ma (Vologda Region) is among the most popular small Russian cities.
The Russian edition of Forbes magazine published information about seven most attractive small cities of our country, Tot’ma among them. The top seven of the rating includes such Russian most popular small cities as Khvalynsk (Saratov Oblast), Sviyazhsk (Tatarstan), Gubakha (Perm Krai), Zheleznogorsk (Kursk Oblast), Kyshtym (Chelyabinsk Oblast), Yuzha and Kholuy (Ivanovo Oblast).
Tot'ma is one of the ancient cities in Russia’s North. It was first described by a chronicler in the 12th century. This small city sprawls picturesquely on the hilly bank of the Sukhona. Its fame are baroque churches of the 18th century, productions of the local artistic school. They are characterized by vertically elongated forms and facade reinforcement in the form of ceramic "rocailles" showing beautiful parti-coloured patterns.
Their distinctive traits lie in the elegance of the external décor, novelty, elongated forms and majesty. The churches are brick structures embellished with intricate decorative pattern. Their décor features an original element that does not occur in any other Russian church - cartouches. The cartouche is a structure or figure, often in the shape of an oval shield or oblong scroll, used as an architectural or graphic ornament. Tot’ma’s churches are inscribed into top twenty most beautiful churches and cathedrals in Russia.
Tot'ma is included into the list of the most valuable Russian cities. Here in the North, the continuity of the old cultural traditions has been kept up by close and continuous ties of successive generations.