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Visit Azov
April 16, 2016 14:57


Azov is not located on the shore of the Azov Sea, as you might think, but it stands on the River Don and its feeder – the Azovka river. The distance from the city to the Gulf of Taganrog is about fifteen kilometers and 25 kilometers up to Rostov-on-Don by a good highway.

The historical part of Azov is concentrated around the port of Azov. It is really a pleasure to walk there. Here you can see beautiful old buildings, including an impressive and well maintained building of the former city council, the sample pseudo-Russian style of the late XIX century. Now this is an Azov paleontological and  Local History Museum. Taking into consideration the antiquity of the city, there are the remarkable exhibits from the collection of Sarmatian gold to fossil animals. For example, the reconstructed skeleton of a huge southern mammoth, named as Mammuthustrogontherii. If you are interested in the fossil elephants, do not miss it as Azov Trogontherium is the only one in the country.

The central square of Azov, though called as the Square of Peter, looks like a typical "Lenin Square". He is standing here and squinted towards the quiet Don, and the Soviet monster-hotels are lined on the perimeter of the square. Anyway, it is comfortable to stay in these hotels because all interesting sights are in walking distance. The public beach on the banks of the Don is near the hand, but it is necessary to walk by a pretty shaky suspension footbridge.

The Don in the area of Azov is really quiet, the banks of the river are overgrown with reeds, the beach is surrounded by a wooded park. The Azov sea port is considered to be a big marine port and plays an important role in the transportation of cargoes from the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov up to the Don and to the middle of Russia. Before it was possible to sail by  a rocket or a small motorship from Azov to Rostov-on-Don and Taganrog.

Today it is possible to boat only to Zadonye district, located on the opposite river bank. There is no need for the tourists to sail to Zadonye, in general, there is nothing to see except the the private sector. On the mooring you can see the ads tours by private motorships, which usually means a fishing trip. Citizens-vacationers go outside with a pleasure as fishing is a famous on the Don.


Author: Anna Dorozhkina

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