Coordinates: 60°44′14″N 47°35′21″E / 60.73722°N 47.58917°E / 60.73722; 47.58917

The cathedral compound in Lalsk

Lalsk (Russian: Лальск) is an urban locality (an urban-type settlement) in Luzsky District of Kirov Oblast, Russia, located 27 kilometers (17 mi) northeast from Luza, the administrative center of the district. Population: 3,705(2010 Census);[1] 4,551(2002 Census);[2] 5,471(1989 Census).[3]


It takes its name from the Lala River, a tributary of the Luza. The settlement was established by the Novgorodians fleeing east from Ivan the Terrible after the Massacre of Novgorod.[4] It was a large trading outpost in the eastern part of the Russian North in the late 17th and 18th centuries. The earliest stone church was consecrated in 1711.

Lalsk had town status between 1779 and 1927 and served as the administrative center of Lalsky District between 1924 and 1963.


Lalsk is notable for a remarkable cluster of 18th-century Orthodox churches in various stages of disrepair:[5]


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  2. Russian Federal State Statistics Service (May 21, 2004). "Численность населения России, субъектов Российской Федерации в составе федеральных округов, районов, городских поселений, сельских населённых пунктов – районных центров и сельских населённых пунктов с населением 3 тысячи и более человек" [Population of Russia, Its Federal Districts, Federal Subjects, Districts, Urban Localities, Rural Localities—Administrative Centers, and Rural Localities with Population of Over 3,000] (XLS). Всероссийская перепись населения 2002 года [All-Russia Population Census of 2002] (in Russian). Retrieved August 9, 2014.
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