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Smolensk Oblast

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Quick Facts
Capital Smolensk(Administrative center)
Government Russian Oblast
Currency Russian Ruble (Pуб.)
Area 49,8002
Population 964,791(2015 est)
Language Official:Russian
Religion Non-Religious Spirituality 45%, Russian Orthodox 19.5%, Atheist 13%, Other 22/5%
Electricity 220V/60Hz (European plug)
Time Zone UTC +4
Smolensk's Assumption Cathedral

Smolensk Oblast ([1]) is a region in Central Russia, which borders Bryansk Oblast to the southwest, Belarus to the west, Pskov Oblast to the northwest, Tver Oblast to the north, Moscow Oblast to the east, and Kaluga Oblast to the southeast.



  • Smolensk — the region's capital is one of the oldest cities of Russia (9th century) and home to examples of 12th century architecture, a large kremlin, and a particularly important Cathedral of the Assumption; the historic center was rebuilt after the destructive Battle of Smolensk in WWII
  • Dorogobuzh — an ancient town, worth a visit for nearby monasteries and churches
  • Roslavl — an old market town, now a small city
  • Vyazma — a small city with a long history, largely rebuilt after the German occupation in WWII, home to the stunning three-tented Hodegetria Church, as well as numerous baroque churches, a monastery, and city cathedral

Other destinations[edit]

National park "Smolensk Lakeland"


Smolensk Oblast is home to some of Russia's oldest cities. It is also the site of much of the most fierce warfare Russia has experienced, from the Mongol conquest, to Medieval wars for supremacy between Russia, Poland, and Lithuania, to the Napoleonic Invasion, to the two World Wars of the 20th century. Few original structures have survived these centuries of conflict, but Russia has faithfully rebuilt the most important of Smolensk Oblast's cultural monuments. The capital, Smolensk, is a major tourist destination in its own right, and is a convenient hub for exploring the region.


Travelers should consider familiarizing themselves with some key Russian phrases as it is the principal language in all aspects of life in the region.

Get in[edit]

Smolensk is a short (by Russian standards) train ride away from Moscow and a fairly easy trip from Saint Petersburg. No major airlines fly into Smolensk airport (LNX).

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Get out[edit]

Nearby Pskov Oblast is a similar destination—a historic borderland region—that makes a fine complement to Smolensk travel. Trains also depart from Smolensk to Minsk, Belarus.

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