Saratov, Saratov Oblast, Russia

Names: 
Saratof
Saratow
Saratoff
Saratov, Saratov Oblast, Russia
Саратов
History: 

There were three frontier garrisons founded to protect merchant ships traveling on the Volga River: Saratov (1584), Samara (1586), and Tsaritsyn (1589). Over the next century, the settlements were rebuilt on first one side of the Volga and then the other following a series of natural disasters.  The 1670 peasant revolt led by Stepan Razin also thwarted development of these cities.

Saratov was the location of the Kontora (Office of Immigrant Oversite) following the establishment of the Volga German colonies in the 1760's. From its beginning as a provincial outpost, Saratov grew to become a prosperous city and served as the center of industry for the Volga German colonists.

Volga German Congregations: 

There were both a Lutheran parish and a Roman Catholic parish for the Germans who lived in Saratov.

Sources: 

- Diocese of Tiraspol (Russia) - Wikipedia
- Schnurr, Joseph. Die Kirchen und das Religiöse Leben der Russlanddeutschen - Evangelischer Teil (Stuttgart: Landsmannschaft der Deutschen aus Russland, 1972): 194.

Pre-Volga Origin

Former house of R. Ehrt in Saratov, built in 1900.
Photo from the book German Architecture on the Volga.

Drawing of Saratov in 1711 - approximately 50 years before the arrival of the Volga German immigrants.

Postcard of Saratov from the early 1900s.

German Street in Saratov (1863).
Source: George Valko.

The Conservatory on German Street in Saratov (1912).
Source: Elena Lozovaya.

Panorama of Saratov (1916).
Source: Wikipedia Commons.

Building in Saratov (ca. 1930) believed to have been part of the former Lutheran Seminary located there. As of 1930, it was being used as a political education building, then a music school, and college. Following the 1941 deportation of the Volga Germans, the building fell into disrepair and was dismantled.
Source: oldsaratov.ru

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