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Druzhnaya Gorka, urban settlement

Subject / Topography/Urban settlements

DRUZHNAYA GORKA, an urban settlement in Gatchina District. Population: 3,700. The settlement appeared in the early 19th century close to the Druzhnaya Gorka glass factory founded by German businessmen Rittings in 1801. The factory became especially famous when it was managed by I. E. Ritting. Its products (chemical, pharmaceutical, and perfume glassware) were awarded the gold medal at the International Exhibition in Paris in 1900. Near the factory, a settlement for its workers was built in the early 20th c., which consisted of good-quality wooden houses designed for several families each (still existing.) There were also a school, a library, and a theater. The wooden building of a home Lutheran church dated late 19th c. has survived (it belonged to the Kobrino parish; currently a residential house.) The original office building of the factory was built in 1862 but it burned down in 1998. The factory was nationalized in 1919. In 1927, D. G. received the status of a workers’ settlement. In 1941-44, the settlement was occupied by the German troops. Today, the factory (FGUP "Druzhnaya Gorka" Chemical Laboratory Glassware and Instrument Factory) continues operation, and launches new product models. The settlement has a culture house and a library. A sporting tournament for the cup of the Head of Gatchina District is held annually. The Rittings’ estate has not survived, and a gardening community is currently in its place. Not far from D. G. , on the road to Kurgino village, there was the Krasnitsy Estate owned by ballerina M. F. Kschessinska's parents in the early 20th century.

Piryutko, Yuri Minayevich

Kschessinska, Mathilda (Maria) feliksovna
Riting, Ivan Yefimovich

Leningrad Oblast, the/Gatchina District
Leningrad Oblast, the/Gatchina District/Kurgino Village

Бурлаков А. Туристские маршруты Гатчинского района. Южное направление. Гатчина, 2003., С.88-89

Subject Index
Druzhnaya Gorka Rural Library, the
Druzhnogorsk House of Culture
Krasnitsy, a country estate