Smolensk is located at the western borders of the Russian Federation on the upper Dnepr River. The first mention of the city appeared about 12 centuries ago meaning that Smolensk is older than Moscow and the same age as Kyiv and Novgorod. Smolensk is rich in historical events, which today are immortalized in numerous memorial complexes around the city. Over the years, Smolensk has been captured, destroyed, and rebuilt again. Each time the city rose from the ashes like a phoenix and became better and stronger than before.
The city is the keeper of ancient relicts and picturesque natural sites. To climb on a six and a half kilometers long fortress wall, visit the largest Viking Age mound complex, look at the iconostasis as high as a ten-story building, feed bison with carrots, visit one and only museum of the famous Russian writer Alexander Griboyedov and try delicious candies – all you can do just in Smolensk.