According to the chronicle in March-April 1238, the Tatar-Mongolian army, after conquering and ruining Torzhok, moved towards Novgorod. However, after reaching the Ignaz Cross site, about 200 km south of Veliky Novgorod, the Mongols refused to attack and turned back to the steppes, ravaging their villages on the way.
"... Tatarov, taking the hail of Torzhok and the falconry of all March on the 5th day, then at the same time hanging from Torzhok by the Sergersk way, even to Ignach's cross, cutting people like grass, and just for a hundred versts to Veliky Novgorod did not reach ..."
The very word cross can denote not only a known object, but a crosshair, i.e. a crossroads. Regarding the exact location of Ignac Cross, there are two versions.
According to the first version (main)
According to the researches of VL Yanin and AA Frolov, Ignach Cross was located in the area of the villages of Polomet and Velikiy Dvor, which are located near the village of Jazhelbitsy, Valdai district, Novgorod region.
In the local scribe book of the XV century there is a record about the lands of a certain Andrei Rudnev, who were at the "ignatsevka krasta". Today it is known that the most dry road to Molgotitsy, Damian fortress, past Ignach Cross to Old Rakhino and Ust-Volma passed through this area. It is noteworthy that the place proposed for this version corresponds to a distance of 100 miles (200 km), indicated in the annals.
In 2003, on the banks of the Polomet River in the Ignac Cross, on the initiative of the Valdai National Park, a memorial sign was erected in the form of a memorial concrete cross. The height of the cross is 2.3 m, width - 1.5 m. It is fixed on the top of a small boulder. Next to the composition there is also a memorial plaque with the inscription "In memory of the courage of the defenders of the Russian land".