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(4188) Kitezh

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1979 HX4. Discovered 1979 Apr. 25 by N. S. Chernykh at Nauchnyj.

Named for the Old Russian epic town of Kitezh. As legend tells, Kitezh was a beautiful and prosperous town located near Lake Svetloyar. When troops of the Tartar khan Batyj assaulted the town, the citizens fought bravely and all fell in battle. But the town was not seized by the invaders, for it disappeared under the lake waters. Since that time, if one listens attentively, it is possible to hear the sound of the town bells under the lake waters. (M 23351)

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