Селигерский Игнач-Крест

Согласно летописи в марте—апреле 1238 года татаро-монгольское войско, после завоевания и разорения Торжка, двинулось в сторону Новгорода. Однако, дойдя до урочища Игнач Крест, что примерно в 200 км южнее Великого Новгорода, монголы отказались от наступления и повернули обратно в степи, разоряя по пути встречные селения.

«... татарове, взяша град Торжок и изсекоша всех марта в 5 день, тогда же гнашася от Торжку серегерским путем, даже до Игнача креста, секуще людей, яко траву, и точно за сто верст до Великого Новагорода не дойдоша ...»

Само слово крест может обозначать не только известный предмет, но перекрестье, т. е. перекрёсток. По поводу точного местонахождения Игнач Креста существует две версии.

По второй версии

Предположения связаны с деревней Игнатицы Старорусского района, которая стоит на берегу Полы. Известно, что в древности там проходил водный и зимний путь от озера Селигер (серегерский путь) по Поле к Новгороду и Русе.

Краевед С. Н. Ильин выдвинул также гипотезу о том, что «серегерский путь» существовал в нескольких вариантах. В частности одна из его «веток» могла проходить в районе современной деревни Залучье Осташковского района Тверской области, где стоял новгородский укрепленный городок Березовец, и где до сих пор высится Березовское городище. В 8 км к северо-западу от Залучья находится деревня Игнашовка.

В 2003 году на берегу реки Полометь в урочище Игнач Крест, по инициативе Валдайского национального парка был поставлен памятный знак в виде мемориального бетонного креста. Высота креста 2,3 м, ширина — 1,5 м. Он закреплён на вершине небольшого валуна. Рядом с композицией установлена также мемориальная доска с надписью «В память о мужестве защитников земли Русской».
 



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