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Yelets

Essentials

Yelets is a beautiful provincial Russian city which, despite having all the charm of a Golden Ring City and being located just a night train's ride away from Moscow, is still not an established tourist destination. The city offers stunning examples of church architecture and has a rich history - it is both a Historical City of Russia and a City of Military Glory. You could spend a whole weekend in Yelets alone, but it is also possible to combine it with a trip to nearby Zadonsk.

Yelets


Basic facts
Name in Russian Елец
Status City and administrative centre of the Yelets District of the Lipetsk Region
Location On the confluence of the River Bystraya Sosna and River Yelchik
Distance 80km west of Lipetsk; 400km south of Moscow
Time Zone Moscow Time
Population 106,377 people (2014)
First Mentioned 1146
Titles/Awards City of Military Glory; Historical City of Russia
City Day Second Sunday of September
Official Website http://elets-adm.ru/