Stary Oskol is the Belgorod Region’s second city by population and today consists of two main parts: the historical centre on the hill and the new centre made up of blocks of housing estates (mikroraiony). It is named after the river on which it stands on; the word stary (old) was added to distinguish it from the new settlement of Novy Oskol (New Oskol). The city can be easily visited by premium train from Moscow or by bus from Belgorod, Kursk or Voronezh.
|Name in Russian||Старый Оскол|
|Status||City-municipality in the Belgorod Region|
|Location||On the River Oskol|
|Distance||160km north-east of Belgorod; 650km south of Moscow|
|Time Zone||Moscow Time|
|Population||222,125 people (2016)|
|Titles/Awards||City of Military Glory|
|City Day||First Saturday in September|
Top recommendations in Stary Oskol
Travel outside the city to the nearby settlement of Kholki to visit the Kholkovsky Monastery - an impressive cave monastery.
Walk around the historical part of the city, located where once a wooden fortress stood to protect Russia’s southern borders, and visit the museum here.
Have a look at all the war memorial in the city - in recognition of Stary Oskol’s status as a City of Military Glory.