Some 320,000 people call Smolensk in Smolensk Oblast home.
Smolensk is located 230 miles (370 kilometers) west of Moscow and about 230 miles (370 kilometers) west of Moscow, the national capital.
The 1812 War Memorial is a quiet place of contemplation where everyone can come to honor people who lost their lives in more troubled times. This much-loved place of remembrance is a fascinating window into the sometimes turbulent history of Smolensk.
An old place of worship, one of the most popular of the many historic attractions here, is the Assumption Cathedral. Appreciate the atmosphere of this fascinating place, learn its story and discover why it is so popular with tourists.
Visitors looking for sights off the usual tourist trail will love Smolensk Walls.