Troitsko-Pechorsk (Finn. sometimes Kolmikkon Pettora) is a small Uralican city in western Central Uralica. After Vuktyl and Öskölömi, it is the third-largest settlement in the county, and as its name implies, it sits right on the Pechora River, and is the former southeastern terminus of Highway UH-1B (it was extended in mid-2010 and now ends at Rostov-na-Pechore about 90 kilometres further south).
Named after the Holy Trinity and the Pechora River, Troitsko-Pechorsk was founded in 1674, originally called Pechora (keep in mind that the larger settlement currently bearing the name was not founded until 1940), however the completion of the Holy Trinity Monastery was what prompted the name-change.
The city's largest economic sectors are mining, metallurgy (mainly of the ferrous variety), construction of small boats, and surprisingly, tourism. Although the head office of the administration of Virgin Komi Forests National Park is actually in Vuktyl, many flights into the park also come from Troitsko-Pechorsk, usually from travelers from the west.
Strangely enough for a settlement on the west side of the Urals, the Mansi were the first recorded inhabitants of the area, as opposed to the Komi, who inhabited much of the area. No Mansi live in this area presently, but there is a large Komi population, in amongst many ethnic Russians and Finns. Not surprisingly, the Komi language is widely spoken.
Besides the eco-tourism that occurs in the area, the main draws to the city are the Holy Trinity Monastery, which has survived numerous wars and an era of persecution, and the historical museum.
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