Spasskiy district is located in the South-East of forest-steppe Right Bank of the Nizhni Novgorod Region. Spasskoe village is the district centre.
Geographical position of Spasskoe is notable: there are streets on seven hills, the same as in Moscow or Ancient Rome. Every hill has name “gora” (“hill”): Popova gora, Sugina Gora, Vshivogorikha.
Karashev well is considered to be the place of the village Spasskoe foundation. In accordance with the legend the bearded hermit monk has found the shelter near the cool spring on the hot summer day. He has drunk cool water from this spring in the noonday heat, being exhaustedly thirsty. And then he has put the chapel at this place, leaving image of the Savior in it. Both the toponym Spasskoe and Dedication day Spas (Savior) have come from here.
There are stone manor houses in Spasskiy, belonging to local well-off peasants at the end of the 19th-beginning of the 20th century on the perimeter of bazar square and in the streets, adjacent to it, and they have been called only “merchant chambers”. The biggest of the remained houses is the house of Alexander Vasilievich Danilov who has been the owner of manufactory-grocery shop. The integral part of this building interior is high furnaces up to the ceiling, coated with tile and glazed tile. People’s historical museum is located here at the present time.
There are religious places of interest in Spasskiy district: seven mosques, two of them are objects of cultural heritage of regional importance and several churches.
There is a very beautiful source not far from the village Bazlovo, there is crystal-clear tasty healing drinking water.
Sacred spring of Paraskeva Pyatnitsa in the village Nizovka is known outside the district. Paraskeva Pyatnitsa is “women’s sacred”, peasants have considered her to be their protectress.
One of the ancient orthodox cells of Nizhni Novgorod Povolzhye - Marovskiy Krestovozdvizhenskiy Convent that has been wiped out twice, is being revived in Spasskiy district.
There are legends about holiness of this place among the residents of the surrounding settlements. And one author already at the end of the 19th century has written that as per the conviction of men and women pray at Starye Mary - the sacred place, will reach God faster.
The sacred source Bulach (red) that is known due to its healing properties, is situated not far from the Convent.
Mother of God Icon with baby Jesus "Deliveress" has made miracles in Marovskiy Convent. Cross Processions with the Icon from the village Vazyanka to Mary to the reviving cell are taking place every year.
Nizhni Novgorod Povolzhye has become one of the centres of pottery craft in Russia from the 17th century. Elkhovka has been the centre of the pottery production in Spasskiy district. About 80 pottery workshops with 200 employees have existed in it at the beginning of the 20th century. They have used local clay. They have made pots, jars, large pots, milk jugs. All the goods have been sold in the adjacent villages and at Spasskaya fair.
The pottery workshop has been opened in 2014 on the basis of “Centre of development of arts and crafts and tourism”. Master is making goods of clay and is conducting master-classes.