Welcome to the Republic of Mari El
On our site you can get to know about the Mari Territory. Learn about the history of Mari, explore the attractions of the Republic, to see the beauty of lakes, which number more than 200. And much more.
|Lilac of Victory|
Yoshkar-Ola has joined national Russian project “The lilac of Victory”.
|Cultural Workers Day|
Mari El is going to celebrate Cultural Workers Day
Children's dancing ensembles compete to find out who's the best
|Yoshkar-Ola has been called one of the most attractive cities of the country|
The capital of Mari El republic was included into the TOP 10 unusual touristic routes of Russia.
|Good-Bye to winter|
How Yoshkar-Ola said good-bye to winter
historical facts/TOURIST ATTRACTIONSFacts from the life of the Mari
Faith ... Mari as a nation formed in the Volga region. Influenced by the Bulgar kingdom, then the Golden Horde and the Kazan Khanate, they were influenced by other people and cultures. After conquering Kazan by the Russian state and voluntary joining Bashkir lands to Russia (mid XVI century.) the resettlement of the non-Russian peoples of the Volga region to the east began. The policy of forced Christianization, carried the royal power in the Volga region, was important reason for the resettlement of Mari to the Urals, on the territory of Bashkortostan.
Mari (former official name-Cheremis) are natives of the Middle Volga, belong to the Finno-Ugric language group. Mari distant ancestors came to the Middle Volga from the east and south. But with the ethnic characteristics, Mari people formed mainly on the territory currently occupied. Consequently, it is here the indigenous population. The name of the people - "Mary" comes from the meaning of "man", "husband". Ethnogenesis of the people scientists refer to the end of the 1st millennium AD.