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Present-day Ryazan is a replacement of a more ancient Ryazan which became the first Rus city to be destroyed by the Mongols. The new Ryazan later became the centre an independent principality which was only absorbed into Moscow in the 16th century. With its kremlin and many churches, it makes a great day trip from Moscow. From Ryazan you can also visit Konstantinovo where the poet Sergey Yesenin was born.


Basic facts
Name in Russian Рязань
Status City-municipality and administrative centre of the Ryazan Region
Location On the River Oka
Distance 195km south-east of Moscow
Time Zone Moscow Time
Population 530,341 people (2014)
Founded 1095
First Mentioned 1301
Former Names Pereyaslavl-Ryazansky
City Day Last Sunday in May
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Top recommendations in Ryazan

  • Ryazan Kremlin

    Walk around Ryazan's beautiful kremlin and visit the museums there.

  • Ravine

    Go to see the pretty Transfiguration of the Saviour Church on the Ravine and the unusual monument to Sergey Yesenin outside.

  • Ivan Pavlov Memorial Estate-Museum

    Go to the Ivan Pavlov Memorial Estate-Museum to learn about the great physiologist whilst looking around an early 19th century estate house.