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Volgograd

Essentials

Even today Volgograd it still probably better known by its Soviet name - Stalingrad - due to the ferocious and pivotal battle fought here during the Second World War. The Battle of Stalingrad was one of the most brutal and bloodiest battles in military history, where up to two million people perished. The city was virtually destroyed and rebuilt as a showpiece Soviet city. Today the city has been renamed but it still immensely proud of its military past and was awarded the title a Hero-City of the Soviet Union. It is an essential place to visit for all those interested in the history of the Second World War.

Volgograd


Basic facts
Name in Russian Волгоград
Status City-municipality and administrative centre of the Volgograd Region
Location On the River Volga
Distance 480km north-east of Rostov-on-Don, 975km south-east of Moscow
Time Zone Moscow Time
Population 1,071,985 people (2014)
Founded 1589
Former Names Tsaritsyn, Stalingrad
Titles/Awards Hero City of the Soviet Union
City Day First weekend in September
Official Website http://www.volgadmin.ru/