Pina River in Pinsk

The rivers and lakes of Belarus are the main reason why our country is affectionately called «blue-eyed». The picturesque Narochansky Krai, the Braslav Lakes, the Pripyatsky National Park are not only the sights of Belarus, but also an adornment of Europe. Let the river Pina be not as deep as the Dnieper or the Neman, but navigable, rich in fish and loved by the locals.

The origin of the name and history of the Pina River in Belarus

There are two versions of the origin of the name of the river:

  1. Researcher M. Fasner expressed the theory that it comes from the ancient Indian word pinas, which means «fat, thick, dense».

  2. V.N. Toporov and O.N. Trubachev followed a completely different version. Based on the fact that Baltic landscapes are spread around Pina, they hypothesized that the name should have Baltic roots. They believe that it comes from the Lithuanian word pynauja or the ancient Prussian pynouwe, pinno.

In addition to the two versions of the origin of the name, scientists also disagree on where Pina originates. Many are inclined to believe that the source of the river originates from the village of Pererub (Ivanovo district). However, there are those who hold the opinion that Pina begins at the village of Duboe (Pinsk District). In the second, by the way, the Kuzhenetsky manor was once located, the ruins of which can be seen now and the picturesque Holy Cross Chapel.

What is the river in Pinsk?

One of the main attractions of the city of Pinsk is the left tributary of the Pripyat, part of the Dnieper-Bug canal. Its length is 40 km, the channel width is from 35 to 55 meters, and the catchment area is 2460 km2. All these are dry figures that give an idea of ​​the beautiful river on which Pinsk is located - the birthplace of delicious cucumbers and the place where marriages take place in a real palace! The Pinsk Mur or the Butrimovich Palace resembles the luxurious residence of the Rumyantsev-Paskevichi in Gomel. This landmark of Pinsk owes its preservation to the current registry office. Romance and history in one bottle!

But back to the heroine of our story - the river Pina. It takes place in three districts at once - Drogichinsky, Ivanovsky and Pinsk. It has two tributaries: the right-bank Zavishchansky channel and the left-bank river Neslukha. Waters flow slowly, and reverse flow is sometimes observed within the Pinsk boundary. The shores of Pina are low, sometimes swampy. Scientists have been monitoring the state of the river for almost a century: they began to collect hydrological information about Pina back in 1922.

In the cruise on the river Pinsk

One of the main features of Pina is that it is navigable. On it is located the branch of the Republican Unitary Enterprise Belarusian River Shipping Company, the river port of Pinsk, and in the warm season of the year, the ship of the river with the same name Pinsk proudly cuts through the river. Picturesque beaches slowly float past, the water surface sparkles, the warm breeze pleasantly blows the face ... What could be better than a ride on the water surface (if you do not have seasickness of course)!

During the river walk you can see:

  • the confluence of the Pina and the Strumen, which resembles a river crossing,

  • City Park,

  • Pinsk in all its glory

  • the confluence of Pina and Pripyat,

  • confluence with the waters of the famous river Yaselda, which is also called the «river of the gods».

The right bank of Pina is poetically called the Polessian Venice for beaches with golden sand. The left bank acquaints tourists with architectural heritage. You will see historical landmarks (Old Town, Karolin, Leshche) and more modern buildings (ship repair and shipbuilding plants, an old port, a hangar for hydroplanes of the Pinsk flotilla). So it will not be boring for children or adults! And if you are already eager to get acquainted with Pinsk and his wonderful river closer - VETLIVA is ready to organize this meeting for you.