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Somino, Village

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SOMINO, a village in Boksitogorsk District. Population: 383. According to a legend, the name originates from the Sominka River where Peter I caught “som”, a catfish. More probable is the toponym’s origin in the Baltic Finnish “so” = marsh, knowing the swampy terrain in the river’s upper reaches. The village is located on both banks of the Sominka, and on the north-eastern shore of Lake Gornoye. The Novaya Ladoga-Yaroslavl motor road extends across S. Zasominsky Pogost was first mentioned in the 1583 scribe roll. In the 18th century, S. was an important transport, trade, and homecraft junction on the way from St. Petersburg to the Belozersk region and Upper Volga Land. The construction of the Tikhvin canal system gave the village a new impetus for development. After the Sominka River and wharf of Somino, “sominka” boats were named, which were used to carry cargoes via the Tikhvin canal system in the 19th-20th cc. By the early 20th century, S. had about 1000 residents. After the decline of the shipping system, the village was gradually losing its previous importance. The street planning of S. was mainly developed in the early 20th c. In the center of the village, the old one- and two-storey buildings still exists. The most valuable monuments are the manor house of the 19th c., church of St. Apostles Peter and Paul (1841), group of former adm. and trade buildings, components of waterworks. In the environs of S., Neolithic archeological monuments are known. The village has a culture center and library. The Somino Folk Choir is widely known.

Yegorov, Sergey Borisovich

Peter I, Emperor

Topographical landmarks/Gornoye Lake
Topographical landmarks/Sominka River, the
Leningrad Oblast, the/Boksitogorsk District/Somino Village

Рутман М. Над ясной водой Соминки // Санкт-Петербургские ведомости. 2007. №058, 2 апреля. URL:

Subject Index
Somino Rural Library, the
Sominsk House of Culture
The Church of Apostle Peter and Apostle Paul (Somino Village, Boksitogorsk District)
Tikhvin Canal System