'''Penza Oblast''' is a region in [[Russia]]'s [[West Volga Region]], which borders [[Tambov Oblast]] to the west, [[Ryazan Oblast]] to the northwest, [[Mordovia]] to the north, [[Ulyanovsk Oblast]] to the east, and [[Saratov Oblast]] to the south.
(Russian: Пензенская область <i>Penzenskaya oblast'</i>) is a region in [[Russia]]'s [[West Volga Region]], which borders [[Tambov Oblast]] to the west, [[Ryazan Oblast]] to the northwest, [[Mordovia]] to the north, [[Ulyanovsk Oblast]] to the east, and [[Saratov Oblast]] to the south.
Revision as of 07:28, 11 January 2008
Penza Oblast (Russian: Пензенская область Penzenskaya oblast') is a region in Russia's West Volga Region, which borders Tambov Oblast to the west, Ryazan Oblast to the northwest, Mordovia to the north, Ulyanovsk Oblast to the east, and Saratov Oblast to the south.
Penza — the large industrial capital city is pleasantly green; be sure to visit the fairytale-like, wooden Museum of Russian folk art
Kuznetsk — the second largest city in the region with a few churches worth seeking out only if you happen to be here
Nikolsk — glass works nuts will want to visit its Museum of Crystal Glass; its glass plant produced fineries for the Tsar of Russia and the Persian Shahs for over 200 years
Serdobsk — a large town with some of the region's more attractive 19th century architecture, including the Cathedral of Saint Michael the Archangel
Zarechny — a small city, built in the 1950s, not a tourist destination by any stretch of the imagination
The somewhat underwhelming ruins of Mukhsha, a medieval city of the Golden Horde
Tarkhani Estate-museum — the childhood home of Lermontov
The estate-museum of V.G. Belinsky
Troitsa-Skanov Monastery and cave complex
Penza is the first major stop in Russia on the South Ural route of the
Trans-Siberian Railway, which starts in Kharkiv. Daily overnight trains from Moscow take 13 hours and arrive around 09:00.
Penza's modest airport services flights to/from
Moscow, Saint Petersburg, and Saratov.
Hunting, fishing (including wolf hunts!)
The next major stop to the east on the South Ural route of the
Trans-Siberian Railway is Samara.