Vazhnya (the Shuya Measuring Scales)
Shuya, Tsentralnaya Square
Shuya has always been a market and merchant town with a busy marketplace. Giant measuring scales were the center of the center of the marketplace, they were so big that one could put a cartful on them. The scales were called "vaga" and the pavilion for them was called "vazhnya".
Shuya vazhnya built in 1820 is the only in Central Russia. Though measuring scales for cartfuls were at every big marketplace, the only one pavilion has survived to our days.
The measuring scales were the town's center both literally and figuratively. All the roads started from them, that is why the flag-post of the pavilion has black and white stripes like a milestone.