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Rostov-on-Don

Rostov-on-Don is the largest city in South Russia and the centre of Russia's Southern Federal District. Although officially known as Rostov-on-Don to distinguish it from the ancient city of Rostov, in speech it is usually just called Rostov as the bigger of the two Rostovs (the orginal Rostov is confusingly then often called Rostov-Veliky). Rostov-on-Don is closely associated with the Cossacks and is also referred to as the 'Gateway to the Caucasus'.

Rostov-on-Don


Basic facts
Name in Russian
Ростов-на-Дону (Rostov-na-Donu)
Status
Administrative centre of the Southern Federal District and the Rostov Region
Location
On the River Don
Time Zone
Moscow Time
Population
1,109,800 people (2013)
Founded
1749 by Empress Elizabeth
Titles/Awards
City of Military Glory
City Day
Third Sunday in September
Official Website
http://www.rostov-gorod.ru