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Kursk is a City of Military Glory and famous for the Battle of the Kursk Salient - the final Nazi offensive in the USSR - which took place around Kursk. A trip to Kursk can be combined with visiting the famous Kurskaya Korennaya Hermitage in the village of Svoboda, 30km north of the city.


Basic facts
Name in Russian Курск
Status City-municipality and administrative centre of the Kursk Region
Location On the confluence of the River Tuskar and the River Seym
Distance 520km south of Moscow
Time Zone Moscow Time
Population 431,171 (2014)
First Mentioned 1032
Titles/Awards City of Military Glory
City Day Last Saturday in September
Official Website

Top recommendations in Kursk

  • Znamensky Monastery

    Go to the Znamensky Monastery and its Our Lady of the Sign Cathedral, where the revered Our Lady of the Kursk Root Icon was once held.

  • Museums

    Visit Kursk's museums which include the Aleksandr Deyneka Art Gallery, the Museum of Archaeology of the Kursk Region, the Regional Museum of the Kursk Gallery and a Planetarium.

  • Victory Memorial Complex

    Go to the Victory Memorial Complex dedicated to the Soviet war dead of the Second World War. In addition to this victory complex there is also the cemetery known as the Memorial Complex to the Fallen of the Great Patriotic War.

  • Kurskaya Korennaya Hermitage

    Take a trip to nearby Svoboda to visit the famous Kurskaya Korennaya Hermitage.