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Tambov Region

Tambov Region was formally established in 1937. The area is 34 300 km2, the population is 1.2 mln residents. The region lies within Moscow Time Zone.

Administrative center of the region is Tambov located 482 km away from Moscow.

The most typical landscape of the region is a flat relief area with draws and ravines. The major rivers are the Tsna, the Vorona, the Bityug and the Voronezh. Over 900 ponds and water reserves. 10% of the territories are covered by woods.

The climate is moderately continental; average temperature in January is —10.5°С, average July temperature is +19.5°С. Maximum precipitation falls in the period from April to October.

The biggest nature reserve in the area is Voroninsky Conservancy of 10 320 hectares in area. The history of its establishment is closely connected with the name of a distinguished Russian Geographer V.P. Semyonov-Tyan-Shansky, the son of a well-known traveler who had planned to set up this park long before. Restoration and studies of this unique forest steppe complex is the main task of the conservancy. The landscape of the Voroninsky Conservancy is determined by its location alongside the Vorona River unusual for its asymmetric slopes. About 600 plant species and numerous rare insects inhabit the place. Sport floating is rather popular here; the float is not easy, it demands special training and is possible in spring, when waters are high. In the lower Vorona area there is a picturesque oak grove which served an important woods supplying reserve for Peter the Great who used it for fleet construction during his Azov campaigns.

Tambov was founded in 1636. At present, the town’s population is 280 thousand people. The word possibly comes from the word «tonbo» — a whirlpool. In Tambov, there are many museums familiarizing visitors with the rich history of the land. In addition to Natural history Museum with its archeological, ethnographic and fine arts collections, one might visit such exotic places as the Wolf Museum or the Museum of Sins. The first one tells us all about wolves — this informal symbol of the region, the interaction between the wolf and the human as well as its role in philosophy, symbolism and literature. The Museum of Sins is located in the territory of the morbid anatomy department of the local hospital. Anatomist Yuri Schukin collected interesting exhibits: those parts of a human body which symbolize passions and sins driving people to the grave. Certainly, children are not recommended to visit the place, but for adult people this might be useful to take thought of wide-spread vicious habits.

In Tambov, ancient constructions are still preserved: for instance, the Transfiguration Cathedral, the first stone temple in Tambov finished in 1783. Another beautiful church is the Church of Our Lady consecrated in 1796.

Tambov Region provides many opportunities for hunting: Lesnoi Tambov, Zherdeevskoe, Kotovskoe and other hunting bases organize duck, fox and hare hunting and exciting fishing.

For more detailed information on the Region, please refer to Internet resources of governmental authorities of the constituent entity of the Russian Federation.

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