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General view of the town
General view of the town
Flag of Palekh
Coat of arms of Palekh
Coat of arms
Location of Palekh
Palekh is located in Russia
Location of Palekh
Palekh is located in Ivanovo Oblast
Palekh (Ivanovo Oblast)
Coordinates: 56°48?0?N 41°51?30?E / 56.80000°N 41.85833°E / 56.80000; 41.85833Coordinates: 56°48?0?N 41°51?30?E / 56.80000°N 41.85833°E / 56.80000; 41.85833
Federal subjectIvanovo Oblast
Administrative districtPalekhsky District
 o Total5.8 km2 (2.2 sq mi)
 o Total5,337
 o Estimate 
4,801 (-10%)
 o Density920/km2 (2,400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+3 (MSK Edit this on Wikidata[3])
Postal code(s)[4]
155620Edit this on Wikidata
OKTMO ID24617151051

Palekh (Russian: ) is an urban locality (a settlement) and the administrative center of Palekhsky District of Ivanovo Oblast, Russia. Population: ;[1];[5].[6]


Palekh has a very long history in Russian iconography, the art of painting Russian Orthodox icons for homes and churches. The village emerged as a leading center of Russian icon- and mural-painting in the 19th century.

A good example of the Palekh school are the murals and icons from the Church of the Exaltation of the Cross (built in 1762-1774).

Miniature painting

Today, Palekh is known primarily for the Palekh miniature. Following the October Revolution with its outspoken atheist ideology. Around 1923, the Palekh masters of iconography began to paint papier-mâché boxes while applying the same principles they had learned from painting icons. Palekh is the most renowned of the four famous villages, the others being Kholuy, Mstyora, and Fedoskino, each producing similar, yet a very distinct artistic style.


They used mainly tempera paints of bright colors and painted over a black background. The work usually represents themes from real life, fairy tales, literary works, and folk songs.


  1. ^ a b Russian Federal State Statistics Service (2011). "? 2010 ?.  1" [2010 All-Russian Population Census, vol. 1]. ? 2010 ? [2010 All-Russia Population Census] (in Russian). Federal State Statistics Service.
  2. ^ "26. ? ? 1 2018 ?". Federal State Statistics Service. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ " ? ?". - ? (in Russian). 3 June 2011. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ . ?- ? . (Russian Post). (Postal Objects Search) (in Russian)
  5. ^ Russian Federal State Statistics Service (21 May 2004). " , ? ? ? ?, ?, , ? ? - ? ? ? ? ? ? 3  ? ?" [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). ? 2002 ? [All-Russia Population Census of 2002] (in Russian).
  6. ^ "? 1989 ?. ? ? ? , ? ? ?, , , ?, ? -?" [All Union Population Census of 1989: Present Population of Union and Autonomous Republics, Autonomous Oblasts and Okrugs, Krais, Oblasts, Districts, Urban Settlements, and Villages Serving as District Administrative Centers]. ? 1989 ? [All-Union Population Census of 1989] (in Russian). ? ? : [Institute of Demography at the National Research University: Higher School of Economics]. 1989 – via Demoscope Weekly.

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