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Kozelsk

Essentials

In 1238 Batu Khan described Kozelsk as an evil city after, against all odds, it managed to hold out against the Mongols for seven weeks when larger and better fortified cities fell within days. The city is also closely associated with the famous Optina Hermitage which is located just outside of Kozelsk and a definite highlight. A trip to Kozelsk can be combined with a trip to Kaluga.

Kozelsk


Basic facts
Name in Russian Козельск
Status City and administrative centre of the Kozelsk District of the Kaluga Region
Location On the left-bank of the River Zhizdra
Distance 70km south-west of Kaluga; 260km south-west of Moscow
Time Zone Moscow Time
Population 16,694 people (2014)
First Mentioned 1146
Titles/Awards City of Military Glory
City Day Second Monday of September
Official Website http://адмкозельск.рф