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Tver Oblast

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Quick Facts
Capital Tver(Administrative center)
Government Russian Oblast
Currency Russian Ruble (Pуб.)
Area 84,1002
Population 1,353,392(2010 est)
Language Official:Russian
Religion Non-Religious Spirituality 34%, Russian Orthodox 30%, Atheist 20%, Other 16%
Electricity 220V/60Hz (European plug)
Time Zone UTC +4

Tver Oblast is a region in Central Russia, which borders Smolensk Oblast to the southwest, Pskov Oblast to the west, Novgorod Oblast to the north, Vologda Oblast to the northeast, Yaroslavl Oblast to the east, and Moscow Oblast to the southeast.


Belltower of the flooded St. Nicholas Church in Kalyazin


  • Tver — the capital and only major city of the region; an ancient city with a prestigious past that once contended with Moscow for control of Russia, that is now a shell of its former self following widespread destruction from cultural vandalism at the hands of the Soviet government and the Nazi Wehrmacht
  • Kashin — a small city with several old churches and a cathedral
  • Kalyazin — a small town east of Kashin, which, along with the Troitse-Makaryev Monastery, was submerged underwater by the construction of the Uglich Reservoir; a lone church belltower rising out of the water off the relocated town's shore marks the spot of the former location
  • Ostashkov — perhaps the most pleasant provincial town in Russia, located on the pure Lake Seliger, boasts neoclassical architecture, 15th and 16th century churches, and is the nearest town to the spectacular Nilov Monastery
  • Rzhev — the region's second largest city is still quite small; unfortunately the monuments to its long and interesting history were all but obliterated during WWII
  • Staritsa Historic village on the Volga with a renovated and working monastery.
  • Toropets — the region's oldest town was largely spared the destruction of its rival Rzhev during WWII and retains several 17th century brick churches (older monuments were destroyed by an earlier Polish invasion)
  • Torzhok — a pretty, church-studded, small city on the banks of the Tverets river

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Russian is the principal language in all aspects of life in the region. However, English is now taught regularly in most Russian schools, and more and more Russians nationals can speak English, some quite fluently.

Get in[edit]

Tver does have an international airport (Migalovo), but most travelers arrive via the well-traveled railroad running between Saint Petersburg and nearby Moscow.

Get around[edit]

Within the city limits of Tver, there are several small shuttle vans available and a dated, but generally reliable, electric trolley system, at nominal cost. Commercial taxicabs should be avoided, however, as they can be very expensive, especially if the driver discovers that the passengers are foreigners. There is also a bus service connecting Tver with Moscow. There is also rail service as Tver is a major stop on the regular trains that operate between Moscow and St Petersburg.

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Fast food restaurants have taken root in Tver, including fast-food chicken and hamburger outlets. Prices are reasonable in most cases. Some of the independent restaurants tend to be a bit pricey and intentional overcharges often occur, especially if foreigners are the customers.

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There are a few nightclubs and restaurants that serve liquor in Tver; however, some of them has cover charges.

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Get out[edit]

  • Novgorod is an easy and rewarding destination to get to from Tver Oblast, which could be done as a day trip.
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