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The Tsna River in Tambov

Tambov is a mid-sized city in Chernozemye, the capital of Tambov Oblast.



Previously a southern fort built in 1636 against inroads of the Wild Field tribes the city grew into the provincial center and a bread basket of Russia. The history of Tambov is intertwined with all major events of Russian history, traces of which are imprinted on the city's architectural face. Also Tambov is famous for its wolves. In the 19th century wolf was a slang word for a season worker from Tambov, a person of rude manners. Not being a touristy hot spot, the city has preserved many historical buildings in the center, some of them are related to Russian Classicism like the building of Post Office (1786) or houses in Art-Nouveau style like cinema Modern (1908).

Get in


Tambov railway station is 452km away from Moscow. There are direct trains arriving from Saint Petersburg, Volgograd, Novorossiysk.

Airport Tambov serves flights from Moscow and Sochi.

Get around


Trolleybus, bus, marshrutka, taxi.



Start walking along the River Tsna Promenade which is 2 km-long and has two levels. You could see:

  • The Palace of Aseyev, a 19th-century factory-owner.
  • Kazansky Cathedral.
  • Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral.
  • Monument to S. Rakhmaninov.

In the city center there are:

  • Catholic Temple.
  • Museum of regional studies.[1]
  • Museum of Wolf
  • Museum of Sin
  • Theater of Lunacharsky.
  • Tambov Zoo.[2]





Formerly, this building was the Peasant Land Bank (1884).



Anything about the wolf, from souvenirs to vodka and sweets.


  • Signor Pomidor, pizza-house at the House of Artist (Дом художника) bus stop.





Stay safe


Don't walk alone after dark in suburbs.



Go next

  • Voroninsky Nature Reserve.
  • Rakhmaninov museum-estate [dead link] in Ivanovka village near Uvarovo. The road to the estate is 80 km (50 mi) long and there is a hotel only in blueprint so far.

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