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Gagarin

Essentials

Gagarin was formerly known as Gzhatsk but renamed in honour of the world's first cosmonaut who was born outside the city in the village of Klushino. Consequently the main reason for visiting it to see the sights connected with Yury Gagarin. You can visit the city as a day trip from Moscow or as part of a trip to Smolensk or Vyazma

Gagarin


Basic facts
Name in Russian Гагарин
Status City and administrative centre of the Gagarin District of the Smolensk Region
Location On the River Gzhat
Distance 230km south-west of Smolensk; 180km west of Moscow
Time Zone Moscow Time
Population 30,230 people (2014)
First Mentioned 1705
Former Names Gzhatsk (until 1968)
City Day 12 June
Official Website http://www.gagarinadmin.ru/