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Belgorod, which means white city, was so named due to the city's rich resource of limestone. The city is worth visiting if you have a special interest in the Second World War as it is a City of Military Glory and has a famous diorama depicting the tank-battle at Prokhorovka Field, part of the Battle of Kursk. In addition, you can also easily visit Prokhorovka Field itself from Belgorod.


Basic facts
Name in Russian Белгород
Status City-municipality and administrative centre of the Belgorod Region
Location On the River Seversky Donets
Distance 670km south of Moscow
Time Zone Moscow Time
Population 366,100 people (2012)
Founded 1596 by Tsar Feodor I
Titles/Awards City of Military Glory (City of the First Fireworks)
City Day 5 August
Official Website

Top recommendations in Belgorod

  • The "Salient of Fire" Museum-Diorama

    Go to Museum Square and visit the "Salient of Fire" Museum-Diorama and the Belgorod State Museum of Art.

  • St Vladimir the Great Monument

    Go see the Prince Vladimir the Great Monument and enjoy great views of the city.

  • Marfo-Mariinsky Convent

    Visit the Marfo-Mariinsky Convent, the only convent in the city.

  • Prokhorovka Field Museum-Reserve

    Take a trip to the nearby town of Prokhorovka, the site of the most famous tank battle of the Second World War.