Oryol means 'eagle' and was founded as a fortress to protect Russia's southern borders. Today it is famous as the birthplace of the author Ivan Turgenev and the city is proud of this and other links with Russian literature. If you are visiting Oryol you should try to combine it with a trip to nearby Mtsensk and to the country estate of Turgenev.
Top recommendations in Oryol
Learn about Oryol's links with Russian literature by visiting the various museums of the Ivan Turgenev Literary Museum.
Walk around the area known as the Strelka on the confluence of the Oka and Orlik where there are several monuments and the Epiphany and Archangel Cathedrals.
Have a look at the giant wicker eagle decorating the square outside the railway station.