Azov stands on the delta of the River Don as it flows into the Sea of Azov. Due to its strategic significance it has been inhabited for centuries by various peoples and it only became part of Russia in the 18th century upon the efforts of Peter the Great who desired access to the Black Sea via Azov. Many of the city’s historical sights are associated with this period. The city can be easily visited from Rostov-on-Don.
|Name in Russian||Азов|
|Status||City and administrative centre of the Azov District of the Rostov Region|
|Location||On the delta of the River Don|
|Distance||35km south-west of Rostov, 1,120km south of Moscow|
|Time Zone||Moscow Time|
|Population||81,995 people (2015)|
|Former Names||Tana, Azak|