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Rostov-on-Don

Essentials

Rostov-on-Don is the largest city in South Russia and the centre of Russia's Southern Federal District. Although officially known as Rostov-on-Don to distinguish it from the ancient city of Rostov, in speech it is usually just called Rostov as the bigger of the two Rostovs (the orginal Rostov is confusingly then often called Rostov-Veliky). Rostov-on-Don is closely associated with the Cossacks and is also referred to as the 'Gateway to the Caucasus'.

Rostov-on-Don


Basic facts
Name in Russian Ростов-на-Дону (Rostov-na-Donu)
Status Administrative centre of the Southern Federal District and the Rostov Region
Location On the River Don
Time Zone Moscow Time
Population 1,109,800 people (2013)
Founded 1749 by Empress Elizabeth
Titles/Awards City of Military Glory
City Day Third Sunday in September
Official Website http://www.rostov-gorod.ru