Belgorod is a multinational advanced city in the south of the Central Russian Upland, the scientific, cultural, economic and spiritual center of the Central Black Earth Region of Russia.
The history of Belgorod has been a matter of dispute for specialists up to the present day. Some historians consider that modern Belgorod stands in place of the ancient settlement of the 10th century, which is supported by some archeological evidence. However, most of them stick to the view that Belgorod was founded in 1596 by order of Tsar Feodor Ioannovich as a defensive fortress. For centuries, the city has been a place of fierce battles a good many times.
Belgorod boasts a great number of tourist attractions, historic sites as well as buildings of the 19th century and early 20th century in a good state of preservation. The most prominent monument is the 22 meter high Monument to Prince Vladimir.
The city has five universities where more than 40,000 students, including foreign citizens, are studying.
You can get from Moscow to Belgorod by
- Plane. Travel time is 3 hours
- Train. Travel time is 8 hours
- Bus. Travel time is 11 hours
The Diorama Museum “The Battle of Kursk. Belgorod Direction”
The history of Belgorod, like that of the whole region, is inextricably linked with the dramatic events of war history. The diorama museum is dedicated to the bloody period of the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945), in particular, to the largest tank battle – the Battle of Kursk. The permanent exhibitions include the Military Hall of Fame, the Belgorod Liberation Hall, and the combat equipment exhibition “Weapon of Victory.”
Contact Museum of Medieval Military Affairs
Visitors of the Museum of Medieval Military Affairs can immerse themselves in the atmosphere of the Middle Ages, try on the costumes, and take part in martial entertainments. The Museum was founded in 2019, and it offers a major exhibition of household and military affairs items of the 11-14th centuries.
Uspensky Cathedral of St. Nicholas
One of the most beautiful and the oldest active Orthodox church in Belgorod was built in 1703 at the expense of the community and donation from Peter the Great. This church is a perfect example of Russian architecture with its challenging history.